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Junior Deanne Capinpin Passed State Music Exam

Friday, April 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Megan Jamen
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Like school, students in private piano lessons need to pass a test to advance to the next grade level.  Here in Illinois, teachers submit student names to the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) and schedule them for testing each year.  St. Francis High School received notification and congratulations from the West Suburban ISMTA that junior Deanne Capinpin recently passed the 2014 Illinois State Achievement in Music Examination (AIM) for piano.

The Illinois Achievement in Music Program covers twelve levels of testing. These examinations are conducted in two parts: Music Theory test followed by a Technique and Performance examination. Required repertoire covers music from different periods. Coordinated technique, theory, sight reading, ear training, and music history compose the balance of the examination. Many hours of practice and study over the course of several months to a year go into preparation for AIM.

Illinois is divided into 18 local associations, Chicago AreaChampaign-Urbana, Crystal Lake-Fox Hills, Decatur, Egyptian Chapter, Gateway Arch, Rockford, Joliet, Kankakee, Naperville, North Shore, Northwest Suburban, Peoria, Quincy, Salt Creek, South Suburban, Waubonsee Valley, and West Suburban. Each chapter has established exam centers.

The West Suburban Chapter holds examinations at Wheaton College.   More than 3000 students of all ages participate each year in the state of Illinois. The Illinois AIM program has received national recognition from MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).

MTNA is the oldest music organization in the United States. It was established in 1876. It is the only national association that includes fields of applied music and related areas such as musicology, music theory, music therapy, opera, and composition. Through the program of examining students and certification of teachers, parents can be assured that students are receiving the most competent music instruction possible.

Reprinted with permission from Lynette Zelis, AIM Performance Chair, West Suburban ISMTA (Illinois State Music Teachers Association)

For more information, please visit the ISTMA website at


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