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Association of Illinois Music Schools

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 , 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 format)
The $45 annual institutional membership fee covers all faculty for a single institution.

Fall Meeting – Friday, October 8, 2010

Dear Colleagues at Illinois Colleges and Universities,

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 am


Yours cordially,

Tony Jones

Fine Performing, and Applied Arts
Music Program
Illinois Central College

1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635-0001
fax: (309)694-8505

IMEA AIMS Music Executives Luncheon Meeting – Friday, January 28, 2011, noon
Normally this meeting is smaller in size than the fall meeting and reserved for music administrators of the member institutions.
Peoria, IL

RSVP to Tony Jones via e-mail:


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 this page.

For more information about the AIMSweb project, contact at Illinois State University or Paul Bauer at Northern Illinois University.

updated July 12, 2010