Association of Illinois
Welcome to the website
for the Association of Illinois Music Schools (AIMS). AIMS
is an organization created to assist those of us in decision making
positions in music units in institutions of higher education throughout the
State of Illinois. It is important to have a network of
colleagues facing similar issues with whom you can have discussions. Issues
often discussed relate to articulation of curricula, music education
requirements, funding, advancement strategies, and technology, to name a few.
AIMS provides a forum for this kind of professional
exchange and support.
The organization has
two annual meetings, one in October and another held during the Illinois Music
Educators Association meeting in Peoria scheduled in January. Please feel
free to contact me at Tjones@icc.edu , or
by telephone at 309-694-8421, if you have a question or concern, or if you
would like to learn more about AIMS.
Tony Jones, President
Association of Illinois Music Schools
Purpose and Membership
The purpose of the Association of Illinois Music Schools is to advance the
cause of music in higher education generally and to improve the quality and program
of the music educational system in Illinois
through the promotion of cooperation between all colleges and universities
and through the exercise of educational leadership. Membership is open to all
institutions of higher education in the state of Illinois.
Print an AIMS Institutional
Membership Form (.PDF
The $45 annual institutional membership fee covers all faculty for a
Fall Meeting – Friday, October 8, 2010
Dear Colleagues at Illinois Colleges and
I wish to invite you to attend the annual fall meeting of
the Association of Illinois Music Schools, which will be held on Friday,
October 8, on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal,
Illinois. Dr. Stephen Parsons, Director
of the ISU School of Music, will be our host.
Last fall, our meeting focused on transfer credit issues;
specifically, we collectively worked on language and topics for a survey that
will be sent to all music schools and departments in Illinois with which to
solicit detailed information regarding the areas of theory, aural skills,
fundamentals, keyboard skills, ensemble performance, applied studio, and
literature as experienced by students in their first and second years of
study. We also received a tour of the wonderful new Eastern Illinois
University (EIU) music facilities and the process from design through
completion by Dean Jeffrey Lynch, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and
Humanities at EIU.
This year our meeting will feature guest speaker Angela Myles Beeching, who is the director of
the Career Services Center at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston,
Massachusetts and author of Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful
Career in Music, published by Oxford University Press (second
edition July, 2010). Trained as a
cellist, Dr. Beeching has advised hundreds of
creative musicians and arts administrators on career issues. She
has been a guest speaker at Indiana University, the Eastman School of
Music, and at the Oberlin, Colburn, and Peabody Conservatories. Dr. Beeching has also presented at the National Association
of Schools of Music, the Classical Singer Convention, the National Conference
on Keyboard Pedagogy, at Chamber Music America, and at the Association
of Performing Arts Presenters. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Beeching holds the doctoral degree in cello performance
from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Directions and hotel recommendations will be forthcoming.
Please note that each institution can be represented at
this meeting by more than one chair/dean/director or faculty member. R.S.V.P.
information is forthcoming.
With best wishes, and hoping to see you on October 8, I
Fine Performing, and
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, IL 61635-0001
IMEA AIMS Music Executives Luncheon Meeting – Friday, January 28, 2011,
Normally this meeting is smaller
in size than the fall meeting and reserved for music administrators of the
RSVP to Tony Jones via e-mail: Tjones@icc.edu
AIMS Executive Committee
AIMSweb was established to provide a single access
point for information about university music programs affiliated with AIMS.
It is intended for use by faculty, administrators, and current and
prospective students, for tasks such as articulation between programs. This
project was presented at the AIMS meeting on October 13, 1995 at Millikin University. A committee was appointed to determine
the format for presenting information for articulation in a common format on
For more information about the AIMSweb project,
contact at Illinois State University or Paul
Bauer at Northern Illinois University.
updated July 12, 2010