Achievement in Music (AIM) Examinations

The Achievement in Music (AIM) examinations is a program of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) based on a syllabus revised in 2014.

Chief Coordinator: Margaret Hoover
Theory Coordinators: Kristine Konrad and Hannah Voigt
Performance Coordinator: Margaret Hoover
Certificates: Margaret Hoover
Committee: Ellena Chen, Jonathan Cook, Jaclyn Rada, and Elaine Smith

NOTE: The date and venue are different due to the sudden loss of the original venue. Please update the information in the CAMTA Yearbook with the following:

THEORY EXAMS (Levels 3-12 only) Register 9/15 - 10/15/2019

When: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave in Chicago

PERFORMANCE EXAM (ALL LEVELS) and THEORY EXAMS (Levels 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2) Register 1/01 - 2/01/2020

Note: Levels 1A, 1B, 1C, 2 Theory AND Performance are on the same day.

When: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Where: Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave in Chicago


THEORY (Levels 3-12): October 15, 2019

PERFORMANCE (All Levels; includes Theory Levels 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2): February 1, 2020

LEVEL 12 Repertoire (from the 2014 syllabus) must be submitted to Stephanie Myers 5 months prior to the date of your choice of recital or exam

Level 2-12 Repertoire substitution requests must be submitted to Stephanie Myers by January 15, 2020

NO formal makeup exams will be offered.


Teachers must attend judges’ meetings Nov. 8, 2019 and Feb. 14, 2020 and volunteer on exam days.



Please note that we have a new system in place called Online Piano Exam Registration Access (OPERA) that allows you to register as well as view schedules and repertoire. Please refer to the e-mail from the coordinators about how to log in and access the system. The system itself is not run by CAMTA and any questions about its usage or issues should be directed to them through their Feedback Form.


Teachers must first register themselves and their students by going to CAMTA OPERA. Make note of the amount due so you will know how much to pay in Step 2! Teachers who have not registered previously using CAMTA OPERA will have to first create an account.


Teachers should pay for all of their students with one payment. Applications will be considered incomplete unless payment is made in full. Fees are not refundable! Pay in one of the following ways (click here to view specific instructions for each payment method):

a) ONLINE BANKING, which is the preferred payment method for CAMTA since there is no fee for the transaction. Initiate this through your bank’s online system and send the amount due from Step 1. Please put AIM and the teacher name in the message field.


b) PAYPAL (CAMTA incurs a fee for using this service), which you initiate by clicking on the Donate button below. Once you’re in, please “donate” the amount due from Step 1. Please look for “add special instructions to the seller” and specify AIM and the teacher name.