The Achievement in Music Program, also known as AIM, is an exciting and motivating program for students, designed to develop strong performance and technical skills as well as a thorough understanding of musical theory. There are twelve levels in the program, with Level 1 divided into three parts, Levels 1A, 1B, and 1C. Each level has theory, performance, and technical requirements that follow a logical progression from early elementary through advanced.
Typically, AIM is divided into two testing dates:

  1. Theory, Aural Skills, Sightreading and Harmonization
  2. Performance and Technique 

For performance, students prepare pieces from the syllabus list of repertoire and approved collections.   Students perform:

  • 2 pieces for Levels 1-3.  Both must be memorized.
  • 3 pieces for Levels 4-9.   Two must be memorized.
  • 4 pieces for Levels 10-12.  Two must be memorized.

Students generally prepare one level each year and demonstrate their competency at annual exams, which are conducted by experienced judges in a comfortable setting. Students are not in competition with other students, but are evaluated individually on their accomplishments. Students are recognized with a pin for passing the theory exam and a certificate for passing both the theory and performance exam.

Click here for a brochure with information on the AIM program may be downloaded and shared with new teachers and prospective students.

Click here for resources for Aural Skills Practice (Courtesy of the North Shore MTA).

Click here for information on AIM Voice Exams.

Click here to access the AIM coordinator resource page (restricted access to AIM coordinators).

Getting started

Contact your AIM Coordinator to learn more about AIM exams in your location. A list of local chapters and AIM contacts may be downloaded by clicking here. If your chapter does not participate in AIM, contact the state AIM director.  That contact information may be found here.