ACHIEVEMENT in MUSIC
What is "Achievement in Music"?
The Illinois State Music Teacher Association has developed a recommended syllabus (course of study) for piano instruction. It covers piano repertoire, theory, rhythm, ear training, sight-reading and technique, and it is divided into twelve levels, each of which requires approximately a year to complete. Standardized Achievement in Music (A.I.M.) exams are a way for the student and teacher to check their progress in learning. A passing score is 65 or above. Students who participate are to be congratulated for the challenging standards they set for themselves.
The exams are given to more than 3,000 students throughout the State. Each student is examined one-on-one by a teacher/judge (other than his/her own teacher). The teachers are volunteers; they receive no pay for this service.
Only students of teachers who are members of both ISMTA and MTNA are eligible to participate in the examinations. All teachers, who enter students in the exams, are expected to work at the local center. They are required to judge, help with monitoring halls, or help with grading exams for a half day in both the Theory and the Performance Exams. Teachers entering more than eight students will be required to judge more than a half day.
When & Where
Theory Exams are held in February (Levels 3-12) and Performance Exams are held in April (all levels). Examinations are conducted at Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville), and S.I.U.E. in Edwardsville.
Entry fees range from $20.00 (for levels 1 – 2) to $25.00 (for levels 3 – 12). The students pay all fees to the teacher, who then writes one check to the Gateway Arch East Chapter ISMTA Student Foundation. All entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Achievement in Music planning meetings are held during monthly meetings of GAE. If you would like more information, or if you have questions about A.I.M., please contact our AIM chairperson: Gill Cerbin, firstname.lastname@example.org