Utah Music Teachers Association
AIM Chairmen
Relevant Forms and Documents
 AIM Registration Report
 Teacher Adjudication

Welcome to Achievement in Music (AIM)

(Find resources for AIM teachers in the box to the right.)

Additional Resources can be found at UMTA AIM WEBSITE.

Summer AIM will be held Saturday July 14, 2018

North Location: TBA
Central Location: Riverton Music in Sandy
South Location: TBA

Teachers, please mail in the SUMMER AIM REGISTRATION FORM with one check from your studio payable to UMTA (see box to the right) by June 1st to State AIM Chairman, Juliet Preston, 1751 South 50 East, Orem, 84058. Fees are $30 for Full program.

Looking for more AIM resources?
Please email our Materials Chairman, Brenda Arcilesi, at arcilesi@comcast.net
Materials can be mailed to you (shipping is extra) or picked up from Brenda.

New to the AIM program? Need more information?
Read below for more information on how to get started. Please ask your chapter AIM chairman for instructions and deadlines.
  • AIM is not a competition, it is an evaluation.

  • Students who participate receive comment sheets from trained adjudicators and a certificate of completion. Those students who pass the full program with a score of 70% or also receive a custom-designed medal.

  • The curriculum of the program has ten (10) levels that are designed to take a student through the senior year of high school, with the first year beginning in 3rd grade. However, students can starts at any age and at any level, skipping levels if needed. Only levels 7, 8, 9, and 10 must be done in consecutive order. A student who completes all upper levels will be well-prepared to enter college as a music major.

  • Students are only eligible to participate in AIM if they study with a current UMTA teacher. To pass a level, a student must score 70% cumulative or higher.


There are five (5) areas of testing that encompass the essential skills and knowledge of a well-rounded pianist. They are grouped in clusters as follows:

Cluster 1
  1. Performance-students are required to perform 2 contrasting pieces by memory (3 or 4 pieces for the upper levels) selected from the standard repertoire
Cluster 2
  1. Technique-demonstration of mastery of scales, chords, cadences and arpeggios.
  2. Sight Reading-students are given a score to study on testing day to perform at sight.
Cluster 3
  1. Ear Training-an exam given either by live performance or by CD that reinforces concepts learned in the theory exam and in the technique requirements
  2. Theory-a written exam that tests the student on musical terms, keyboard harmony, and form and analysis
**Doing all three clusters is called the Full Program

Students do not need to do the Full Program to move on to the next level. However, the Full Program must be passed each year in order for the student to receive the medallion, be in the FAIM Club, apply for the FAIM scholarship, and be eligible for the Level 10 Award.

FEES: (State fees are payable to your local chapter of UMTA, and are as follows)
$16 for any one cluster
$18 for any two clusters
$20 for the Full Program

Additional fees apply per studio

State fees pay for the adjudicators and supplies of the program. The total evaluation (testing and grading time) each student receives ranges from 1 hour at the younger levels to 2 hours for the upper levels, thus making the cost of the program a great value. Fees are due 2-3 months in advance.

Testing Sites are sponsored by the local chapter of UMTA. Testing dates and registration deadlines vary from chapter to chapter. For more information, contact your local chapter's AIM chairman in the Fall. Teachers need to submit an AIM Registration form to their chapter chairman (see from in upper box)

There is one Summer Testing date that is sponsored by the State AIM Committee for students who cannot participate on their chapter's testing day. This also allows for students to complete two levels in a single year.
Summer AIM fees are $30

In recognition of high-achieving students who complete level 10, the State AIM Committee will recognize these students and their teachers at an Awards Banquet during the annual UMTA Conference and present them with a plaque of achievement. Requirements for this award are:
  1. Students must have passed levels 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 consecutively with a score of 80% or higher
  2. Students must be current FAIM Club members (see FAIM section on this website)
  3. Teachers of students must apply for this award by the Sept 15th deadline and mail a written letter to the State AIM Chairman stating their eligibility.

2017-2018 Outstanding AIM Teacher of the Year!

SHAWN BASTIAN, NCTM grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and her husband Nathan have been married for 32 years and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. They have lived in several places including Connecticut, Washington and Guam where she was able to teach and accompany many choirs. They now reside in Lehi, Utah where she is serving in her dream calling in her LDS ward as Primary Pianist.

Shawn is currently on the AIM board and Performance Evaluations Region Chair for the Utah County area. She has worked as the Davis and Timpanogos Chapter’s AIM Chair, Timpanogos Chapter President and loves learning from those teachers she associates with. She participated in the Student Achievement program, as a student, under Merla Little and Zina Riches. After returning home from Guam in 1992, she began teaching privately and at Rowland Hall St. Marks, using the AIM program with her students. Shawn received her National Certification in 2014.

Cindy Hartley is the Utah MTA State Treasurer, having served since 2001. She is also the UFMC State Treasurer, having served since 2011. She is the Utah Federation of Music Clubs (UFMC) Weber Area Festival Chairman. She has also served in the Ogden Chapter as the Vice President over programs. For 8 years, she served as the Lowrey Organ Company Program Director at the Piano Gallery in Riverdale, UT. She worked weekly with approximately 150 Senior Citizens in beginning music classes at the Piano Gallery. She has served as the “Yamaha, Say Yes to Music” Program Coordinator for Weber County. She has been active in the PTA, having served as the Farr West Elementary PTA President. She has also served as a Farr West Community Council Member. She continues to be active in her community and church service. She served for 18 months as a proselyting/welfare service missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Guayaquil, Ecuador. While there she wrote a basic music program to teach music/piano lessons. Years later, that program was expanded by the church and is now taught world-wide in many languages. She began piano lessons at the age of 7. She has studied with Judy Hagen, Ann S. Moulton, Dr. Helena Wubenhorst, Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, and Cheryl Norman. She became a Nationally Certified Music Teacher through MTNA in November 2015. Cindy has taught piano for over 35 years and continues to teach today. She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 32 years and live in Farr West, UT. They are the proud parents of 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Many years ago, I was encouraged by a friend to join UMTA. It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. It has impacted every aspect of my music career, enhancing my teaching and therefore benefiting my students. Perhaps, my greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the many students who have gone on to become teachers, directly impacting the minds and lives of others.

Outstanding AIM Teacher of the Year 2015

Norma K. Lambert
Norma K. Lambert, NCTM, was reared on a farm in Bern, Bear Lake, Idaho. Her education includes the following: Ricks College AA, BYU BA, Dual certification in Music and Elementary Education. She has taught Piano and organ for 35 years, and was in public education for 3 years. Norma has served in many capacities in UMTA: Sandy Chapter: President, Vice-president, Chapter Directory, AIM Committee several years, and Chapter AIM Chairman for 4 years.

Norma is married, has one daughter, and is currently living and teaching in Sandy, Utah. "I value the AIM program as it is a well-organized path which assists both students and teachers in keeping students, (future teachers) current and balanced in achieving musical knowledge and skills."

Nominate an AIM Teacher of the Year!!

Know an excellent AIM teacher? Nominate them for this great award by filling out the form: 2017 Teacher of the Year Application