2020-21 AIM Performance Remote Exams

AIM Exam Location Coordinators:
Lake Forest:        Jennifer Cohen,  lfaimtheory@gmail.com
Northwestern:    Jia-Yee Tang, nuaimtheory@gmail.com

Downloadable Information and Timelines

These are single page instructional files for students, judges and teachers. Click to download each document separately.

For Students

For Judges

For Teachers

Video Recordings

2020-21 AIM Performance Exam Dates

This year’s AIM Performance Exams for levels 3-12 and AIM Exams for levels 1-2 will be taken remotely.

March 8, 2021, 9:30 am: Zoom Judges Meeting

March 8 – April 2, 2021: AIM Performance Exam Registration for ALL levels

April 16 – 25, 2021: Video and Music File Submission Period for ALL levels

May 2, 2021: Level 1-2 Online Zoom Exams

April 16 – 25:  Video and Music File Submission Period

  • Video submission will be an unlisted YouTube playlist link
  • Music submission will be a Google folder link from student’s own Google drive

April 30 – May 14: Video Evaluation Period for Judges

Friday, April 16, 8:00 am:  Students (with Teachers cc) will receive the following by email:

  • Technique Sheet with selected keys circled, as applicable
  • Video and Music Submission Link
  • Video and Music File Submission Guidelines and Instructions with tutorial links

April 16 – 25 :  Video and Music File Submission Period:

  • Video submission will be an unlisted YouTube playlist link
  • Music submission will be a Google folder link from student’s own Google drive

By April 16:  Judges will have access to Judges Folder, which will contain the following;

  • Preliminary Assigned Judging Schedule/List
  • Fillable Technique and Performance Score Sheets 

By April 30: Judges Final Schedule with video and music link will be added to Judges Folder

Receiving and filling out Score Sheets – Judges will have 2 options to choose from:

  • From Print copies mailed to them 
  • From fillable PDF score sheets, judges will need to enter student information, including repertoire information

Returning Score Sheets – Judges will have 2 options to choose from:

  • From print copies, judges will scan all pages of score sheets for each students and email as attachments to coordinators OR upload to Judges Folder
  • From fillable PDF score sheets,  judges will save score sheet as separate file on their computer, then upload to Judges Folder

For either option, PLEASE title each file with teacher code, student name and level.  For example: 6 – Mary Smith, level 5

April 30 – May 14:  Video Evaluation Period for Judges   

These exams will be the same process as in January, divided into these components:

  • Repertoire will be by video submission:  April 16-25 
  • Online AIM Exam with a Judge via Zoom for all technique, keyboard and aural skills on May 2
  • Self-monitored Level 2 Written Exam

April 16 – 25 :  Video and Music File Submission Period:

  • Video submission will be an unlisted YouTube playlist link
  • Music submission will be a Google folder link from student’s own Google drive

By April 25: Judges will contact students directly with Zoom exam invitation link or Meeting ID.

Sunday, May 2:  Students will receive by email one of the following Keyboard Skills Student Sheet attachments:

  • For Levels 1A and 1B:  Sight Reading Example
  • For Level 1C:  Sight Reading and Harmonization Example
  • For Level 2:  Sight Reading Examples. pre-selected Harmonization, and Written Exam

For students scheduled between 9am-12pm, email will be sent at 8:30 am from lfaimtheory@gmail.com

For students scheduled between 12pm-3pm, email will be sent at 11:30 am from nuaimtheory@gmail.com

Upon receiving this email, students/parents will be responsible to print out all pages of the file prior to their AIM Exam time.

Level 2:  Taking and Returning Completed Written Exam

  • Students will take the written exam at home, immediately following their online exam.
  • When completed, scan the written exam page  into a PDF file and email as an attachment to the coordinator.  Title the file with teacher code, student name and level.  For example: 6 – John Smith, level 2

Sunday, May 2, 2021:  Level 1-2 Zoom Keyboard Skills Exams – Same process as January:

  • Coordinators will assign students to Judges  – LF and NU combined 
  • Judges will schedule Zoom meetings from their own Zoom account
  • Judges will contact and confirm with students they are scheduled to judge by April 25

By April 16:  Judges will have access to Judges Folder, which will contain the following;

  • Preliminary Assigned Judging Schedule/List
  • Judges Sheets
  • Fillable Technique and Performance Score Sheets 

By April 30: Judges Final Schedule with video and music link will be added to Judges Folder

Receiving and filling out Score Sheets – Judges will have 2 options to choose from:

  • From Print copies mailed to them 
  • From fillable PDF score sheets, judges will need to enter student information, including repertoire information

Returning Score Sheets – Judges will have 2 options to choose from:

  • From print copies, judges will scan all pages of score sheets for each students and email as attachments to coordinators OR upload to Judges Folder
  • From fillable PDF score sheets,  judges will save score sheet as separate file on their computer, then upload to Judges Folder

For either option, PLEASE title each file with teacher code, student name and level.  For example: 6 – Mary Smith, level 5

April 30 – May 14:  Video Evaluation Period for Judges  

  • By May 14:  All Evaluations completed and returned
  • By May 17:  Score Sheets will be distributed to Teacher Folders 
  • By May 24:  Teachers will enter their own students’ scores in the SCORE File in their folders.  

Showcasing some of the AIM Performance videos in a virtual recital was discussed at our recent AIM Judges meeting. However, after further discussion, it was decided to table the idea for now. In addition to factoring in judging logistics, concerns were raised that an Honors Recital may change the mission of the AIM program, potentially creating a shift towards a more competitive nature. AIM program description states, “Students are not in competition with other students, but are evaluated individually on their accomplishments.” We wish to be inclusive in recognizing the collective hard work of all students, teachers, and certainly behind-the-scene parents!

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