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.

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 Jodi 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 – 11/13/2021
Entry deadline – 10/15/2021
Face-to-face at Bethel University
Local chairperson – Kelly Havens at

Indianapolis (GIMTA)

Date – 11/20/2021
Entry deadline – 10/15/2021
Face-to-face at Butler University
Local chairperson – Ginger Crook at

Fort Wayne (NIMTA)

Date – 3/12/2022
Entry deadline – 2/4/2022
Face-to-face at Purdue University Fort Wayne
Local chairperson – Sandy Moser at

Terre Haute (WVMTA)

Date – 3/19/2022
Entry deadline – 2/19/2022
Face-to-face – TBA
Local chairperson – Lynette Browne at