Who We Are
AIM was founded to promote music and the arts through education, outreach, and performance. AIM received 501c3 nonprofit status in 2016 and has grown to include instruction on different instruments and voice. Each semester, AIM provides tuition assistance to music students in Aurora. All instructors at AIM have achieved graduate-level training in music and have had long, distinguished careers as performers. AIM is located in a private residence in Tollgate Crossing, Aurora, Colorado.
Founder & Lead Piano Instructor
Eneida Larti enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, and chamber musician. After emigrating from Albania in 1995, Dr. Larti continued her studies in the U.S., subsequently completing her degrees at Oklahoma City University (BM Piano, Piano-pedagogy), Indiana University (MM Piano), and University of Colorado-Boulder (DMA Piano). Her major teachers include Andrew Cooperstock, Karen Shaw, and Ernestine Scott. Eneida is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Idaho.
Founder & Lead Piano Instructor
Sam Welsh is a native of South Florida and completed his degrees at Jacksonville University, Ithaca College, and CU - Boulder. He also studied at Mannes College in New York City with Josef Raieff and in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter, the last living pupil of Maurice Ravel. Sam has served on the faculties of CU - Boulder, Ithaca College, CSU - Pueblo and the University of Idaho .
Voice Flute Piano
Catheryne Shuman has her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as a Professional Diploma in Opera from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. During that time she studied piano as a secondary instrument. She has been a performer and young artist across the country for many years and was the 2016 National Orpheus Vocal Competition Young Artist Grand Prize Winner. Catheryne has played and studied flute and piano for many years, and enjoys teaching them to young students
Erik is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his M.M. in piano performance studying under Dr. David Korevaar. Starting piano at the age of 11, Erik later enrolled in the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts where he was awarded for “Outstanding Excellence in Music” upon graduation. He received his B.M. in piano performance studying under Dr. Jennifer Hayghe at Ithaca College where he graduated with honors.
One of his current projects includes arranging and performing with people around the world on his YouTube Channel.
Chloe Schans is a violinist and teacher well versed in multiple settings of music. From solo repertoire, symphonic performances, chamber ensembles, as well as premiering modern compositions, Chloe has a high level of insight and experience in the music industry.
A current student at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, Chloe began her career as a violinist through the Suzuki method. Now a dedicated Suzuki instructor, Chloe values the merit of innovative pedagogical approaches to music. With an affinity for teaching, Chloe
hopes to continue to serve as a catalyst for music
making and artistic freedom.
Sarah has been playing piano since the age of 4 and received her Bachelors degree in Piano Performance with Dr. Jennifer Hayghe from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2017. Sarah has many years of teaching experience, most recently serving as the director of the music program at a community mental health organization. At this position she taught piano lessons, theory and ear training classes, and facilitated outings in the community. Sarah capitalizes on students strengths to support them in reaching their unique musical goals.
Find answers to common questions below or Contact Us with any questions!
Can I start after the semester has begun?
Yes! Students can start at any point during the semester, and the tuition will be prorated according to when lessons begin.
Are lessons taking place during Covid-19?
Yes! We are offering online lessons via the platform of your choice (Zoom, Facetime, etc.). In-person lessons with distancing and mask protocols resumed in 2021.
Is there a practice requirement?
AIM prides itself on meeting each student according to their own interests, abilities, and time constraints. Although progress might be faster with a stringent practice schedule, it is not a requirement for joining our team. We offer lessons in voice, piano, and violin.
What is the cancellation policy?
Under most circumstances, we ask for 24-hr notice for cancellations. We make up all lessons cancelled with notice. For in-person lessons, we allow flexibility for any cancellation due to symptoms of illness.