Achievement in Music (AIM) Festival

The Achievement in Music (AIM) program (currently only for piano) consists of an AIM Syllabus and AIM Festivals, sponsored by local associations.

The AIM Syllabus is a curriculum outline, promoting a comprehensive approach to the teaching of music. Twelve different levels of achievement are outlined for five areas: repertoire, technical study (or etude), sight playing, keyboard skills, and theory (written & aural).  The different levels detailed in the Syllabus provide the foundation for AIM Festivals. The syllabus can also be useful to an individual teacher or student who wants a sequenced, progressive outline for teaching or learning a particular area. If you are interested in receiving the free syllabus, please contact Jody Thomas.

AIM Festivals provide a musically well-rounded goal for each year’s study, as well as a written evaluation of a student’s performance skill and musical understanding.

For you would like information on starting an AIM Festival in your area, please contact Jody Thomas, AIM Coordinator, and Chair.


Student entry fees: Set by each local association; contact the local AIM chairs for more information (see “Festival Sites” below).
Teacher (Non-IMTA members only):  $75 (may enter any number of students)

All fees are non-refundable.


Festival Sites

South Bend / Mishawaka (SBAMTA)

Date – 11/11/2023
Entry deadline – 10/20/2023
Face-to-face at Bethel University in Mishawaka
Local chairperson – Jennifer Keeley at

Indianapolis (GIMTA)

Date – paused
Entry deadline – TBA
Face-to-face at Butler University
Local chairperson –

Fort Wayne (NIMTA)

Date – 3/9/2024
Entry deadline – 2/3/2024
Face-to-face at Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Local chairperson – Sandy Moser at

Terre Haute (WVMTA)

Date – 3/9/2024
Entry deadline – 2/1/2024
Face-to-face at Indiana State University, Terre Haute
Local chairperson – Douglas Sperry at

Bloomington (Satellite)

Date – 11/11/2023
Entry deadline – 10/14/2023
Face-to-face at Indiana University, Bloomington
Local chairperson – Elizabeth Yao at

Satellite AIM Festivals

Are none of these conveniently located for you and your student families? Introducing – Satellite AIM Festivals!! Please contact Jody Thomas at for details on how to hold your own AIM Festival in your community, and ask for a free syllabus. The Satellite AIM Festival request form and Satellite AIM Chair suggested checklist are below.