Our overview

Since 2005, AIM has provided professional level education and professional level performance opportunities to over 8,000 West Valley children and adults. Ed and Angela Anderson have worked in the music, dance and theater industries for decades in such places as Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Chicago. They have two studios on Main Street in Verrado. They will soon be opening their expanded music, dance and recording studio in Buckeye in late fall 2016. AIM students range from adults and college students to elementary, middle school and high school ages. Students benefit from private one-on-one lessons and group classes, as well as workshops in music, dance and theater. Numerous performances throughout the West Valley help sharpen confidence and skills, in addition to providing opportunities to showcase talent. Many AIM student have gone on to professional stages or major colleges and universities. ASU, USC, UofA, GCU, and the American Music and Dramatic Academy are just a few. AIM has been awarded the “Official Best Performing Arts School for Arizona” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, CBS Entertainment, and ABC Channel 15. For more information on how to start your journey in music, dance or theater please call or visit the website www.PerformingArtsUSA.com.

Our Mission

AIM Strives to build self-esteem and confidence in the individual, unify families, and nurture the community through the Performing Arts.

AIM's Core Values

  • At AIM, we take the goals of our students seriously.
  • We are passionate about sharing the benefits of the Performing Arts.
  • We are constantly improving. We are not satisfied with the status quo.
  • Results drive our decisions. We encourage parents and friends to support each student's goal and be involved with their planning. We've found this improves the success of our student's reaching their goals.
  • We have minimal hierarchy. We try to keep our organization relatively flat, with managers who work, not just manage.
  • We are transparent. We hold ourselves accountable to our students.
  • We are creative. We encourage our faculty and staff to explore new and creative ways to improve the learning environment of our students
  • We believe that a strong foundation on fundamentals and technique are the tools on which are students are able to improve their skills efficiently

What Defines AIM

  • We like to hire superstars. Smart, passionate, inquisitive people usually share our same fervor for high quality performing arts.
  • We are constantly improving. Because we love exploring new ideas we find ourselves innovating new ways to help ourselves and our students reach their goals.
  • We think about scale. We strategize and think about how our decisions today will impact our vision or the AIM Brand.

Why AIM

  1. Our vision and teaching philosophy. We are proud to say that we have one of the most - if not the most - effective teaching curriculum out on the market in piano, guitar, strings, drums, band and voice and taught by the industry's top teachers.

  2. Our curriculum is designed to establish a solid foundation in theory, technique and performance. We accelerate and maximize the student's learning curve based on individual factors, thus saving you time, energy, and money.

  3. We also have that "WOW/COOL Factor" that most schools lack. And we help our students develop that X-Factor! Look around our website or talk to one of our performers, you'll see what we're talking about. Better yet – come to one of our shows and watch one of our performers or singer songwriters.

  4. Low teacher to student ratios. In fact one question we often get is why we limit our classes to 3 or 5 but no more than 7 or 9 students per class in group such as dance. It's because we do not believe that a student can get the personal attention and learn the important skills and techniques in larger classroom sizes. When the class reaches the AIM limit, we open another class section. This is why many parents and the audience ask where all the 15+ performers come from when they only see their student in a class of 3 or 5.

  5. Performance opportunities beyond recitals. Honestly – where else in the country are you going to be able to learn a performing art discipline by award-winning teachers and then perform in front of hundreds – even thousands of people as you open for Grammy-award winning artists? Or better yet perform in front of people who actually matter – your family and friends and community? It's all possible at AIM.

  6. Have a song idea but don't know what to do with it or go with your original ideas, AIM specializes in original artists and writers and teaches you how protect and copyright your own material and market in ways that make sense.

  7. We not only focus our student performers on learning the discipline but also how to use the skills practically in everyday life such as family events or community service events. All of our students are highly encouraged to use their skills in church, school or for the sick and elderly shut in. Our students get a deeper perspective of service and the how they can use their God given talents for the benefit of others.

Our Level of Experience

MUSIC EDUCATION BY DEGREED OR AWARD-WINNING TEACHERS: 92%

DANCE EDUCATION BY DEGREED OR AWARD-WINNING TEACHERS: 100%

THEATER EDUCATION BY DEGREED OR PROFESSIONAL STAGE PERFORMERS: 100%

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: 100%

STUDENT & PARENT SATISFACTION: 98%


AIM Timeline

2004

Ed and Angela Combine Talents

Ed and Angela married and moved to Pasadena, California where Ed worked in non-profit and government work, taught and wrote music, while Angela pursued jobs in television, film, musical theater, dance and also teaching music and dance. During this time, they continued to nurture their passion for music by performing both original and cover songs throughout the Los Angeles area in a variety of venues.


2005

AIM Founded

In 2005, they launched AIM, offering lessons and recording from their home studios.


2007

Big Plans for Arizona

While visiting Ed’s brother and his family in the community of Verrado in Arizona, they saw a need for his nieces and the children of the West Valley of Phoenix to have the opportunities of high level music education and performing arts that one would normally expect to receive in cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. They fell in love with community and state and began to explore the possibility of moving.


2008

Growth of AIM

Planning for the transition began, and AIM moved to the West Valley in May, 2008. Ed and Angela continued AIM music operations in California through 2010.


2010

Move to Arizona

Since then, they have been in Phoenix full time.


2011

New Location in Buckeye

AIM in Verrado opens its doors in the City of Buckeye on Main Street. Grand Opening brings in over 250 students and Mayor Jackie Meck and three City Council Members speak as ribbon is cut by Southwest Chamber of Commerce.


2012

AIM opens a 2nd Location

AIM in Estrella opens its doors in the City of Goodyear in the community of Estrella Mountain Ranch. New studio features a world class floating hardwood dance floor and partnerships with Phoenix Children's Academy as well local public schools in music, dance and theater.


2013

AIM Opens It's Third Location in Avondale

AIM establishes 3rd location in the City of Avondale which includes a partnership with the City of Avondale to bring world class shows to the West Valley through a new state of the art Theater. AIM puts out Requests for Proposals for new studios and Theater facility. Plans are drawn up and ground breaking occurs in October 2013 in the Avondale City Center for the new Anderson Theater and Anderson Institute of Music and Performing Arts in Avondale.


2014

New Show Extravaganza

Grand Opening in January/February with Polynesian-Tahitian Show Extravaganza!