General Exam Information
Additional requirements for AMEB Practical examinations
For all Practical examinations Grade 6 and above (except Piano for Leisure, Saxophone for Leisure and Singing for Leisure) there is an additional requirement to pass a specific grade in either Theory of Music, Musicianship or Music Craft. The additional requirement does not need to be completed before the principal examination, but, until both the principal examination and the additional requirement are passed, the examination is incomplete, and no certificate will be awarded. For more information about additonal requirements, please consult the Regulations section of the current Manual of Syllabuses, or No. 19 in the Regulations section of the AMEB Federal website.
AMusA Practical examinations
Teachers and private entrants are advised to carefully read the objectives for the Associate examinations listed in the current AMEB Syllabuses before entering for the examination. The Associate Diploma is highly respected in the international music community and recognises a sophistication of musical understanding and performance abilities that are well above the requirements for Grade 8.
The success rate for AMusA is much lower than for Grade examinations. To avoid disappointment, it is therefore suggested that teachers with limited experience in presenting candidates at Diploma level obtain advice from an experienced teacher before entering candidates for AMusA.
Enrolments for AMusA Diploma examinations can be made during any of the Melbourne Metropolitan sessions, while LMusA Diploma exams are scheduled in two special Licentiate sessions in June and September. For exact session dates, please click here. All Diploma exams are scheduled in accordance with the availability of two or more specialist examiners, which can make it difficult to accommodate requests for special dates.
AMusA and LMusA examination rehearsals
Associate and Licentiate Practical examinations are held only in Studio 1 at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn, which is equipped with a Steinway Model B grand piano. Candidates wishing to rehearse in the studio may do so when it is not being used for exams. Availability is limited so candidates are advised to book rehearsal times well in advance. Hire fees are payable and the Studio can be booked by contacting AMEB Victoria.
AMEB respects the confidentiality of candidates and therefore communication about examinations is normally with the enrolling person. However, in an emergency, timetable information will be provided to parents or candidates if they can accurately identify the candidate by providing all of the following details: teacher’s name and address; candidate name and date of birth; and the subject and grade for which the candidate is enrolled.
In addition, AMEB Victoria can only respond to appeals and complaints made by the person who enrolled the candidate, or the candidate if over the age of 18. Where the candidate is under the age of 18, the candidate’s parent or guardian may communicate with us on their behalf.
Certificates – completion of additional requirements
A candidate who has previously completed a Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Certificate of Performance, Associate Diploma or Licentiate Diploma Practical examination should notify AMEB Victoria upon completion of the Additional Requirement. Certificates for Grade examinations will then be released. Diploma certificates will be awarded at the next Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony.
Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony
Successful Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship candidates, who have provided AMEB with evidence of their completion of any Additional Requirements, will be invited to attend the annual Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony. The Ceremony at which diplomas will be formally conferred upon candidates who successfully completed all requirements in 2017 will be held on 21 March 2018 at the Melbourne Town Hall. A successful candidate who is not able to be present to receive his/her award in person will be admitted ‘in absentia’ to the diploma and the certificate will be mailed following the ceremony.
Downloaded musical scores
Candidates who present for examination using scores downloaded from free download websites should note that they bear responsibility to ensure copyright clearance for their use of the material has been obtained. Candidates should note that heavy penalties apply for the improper use of copyright material.
Electronic exam reporting
Progressively, AMEB Victoria will move towards electronic reporting of grade examinations. An Examiner may use a notebook or tablet computer in the examination room to type reports, and it is possible that keystroke sounds might be audible at times.
A page-turner may be used by candidates and/or accompanists. Accompanists and page-turners may only remain in the examination room when actually required.
In general, the Copyright Act prohibits the use of photocopied music. Photocopies should not be used by candidates in AMEB examinations, unless an exception to copyright applies, or the relevant music publisher has granted permission for the candidate to make a copy.
In some circumstances, a copy of music may be required for use by the examiner. In these cases, if performing from memory, candidates should provide a published edition of the music to the examiner.
If you are unsure of the provisions of the Copyright Act, please refer to the ‘Guide to Music Copyright for Australian Educators’ on the APRA/AMCOS website or contact APRA/AMCOS on 03 9426 5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of music for Diploma examiners
Associate and Licentiate Diploma candidates are required to provide a copy of each work for the use of the examiners. If performing from memory, candidates must provide a published edition of the music. If performing from print music controlled by an AMCOS Publisher, a photocopy of the music may be provided to the examiners, provided that:
(a) a Copyright Declaration Form is completed and attached;
(b) the photocopy is marked with the words “Examination Copy Only”; and
(c) the photocopy is retained by AMEB Victoria and destroyed following the examination.
The Guide to Music Copyright for Australian Educators may be downloaded from www.apraamcos.com.au. Copies of the Copyright Declaration Form is available from the Downloads page.
Teachers and accompanists
As it is the examining authority, it is not appropriate for AMEB Victoria to recommend teachers or accompanists for AMEB examinations. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music has a list of accompanists which can be found at: https://finearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/mcm-staff-directory/accompanists
In addition, the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association (VMTA) has a list of music teachers and accompanists. For further information, visit the VMTA website (www.vmta.org.au).
A teacher may request a 30 minute personal consultation with an AMEB Examiner, which would be timetabled at the end of a day’s examining. The examiner will provide general tips and suggestions relating to the preparation of candidates for AMEB examinations.
Although these suggestions might be based upon the examiner’s observations of recent examination performances by a teacher’s students, it would not be appropriate to discuss examination results or specific examination reports.
Consultations with examiners will be available during most 2015 practical examination sessions (except Licentiate Sessions), subject to programming constraints. Registration for a Teacher Consultation can be made via the Practical examination enrolment form.
AMEB has a comprehensive and rigourous program for examiner training and professional development. A Trainee Examiner may be present during an examination and may conduct all or part of an examination. However, the Supervising Examiner will be responsible for the examination and will provide the official assessment and written report.
For candidates presenting for examinations at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn, warm-up facilities will be offered for a period of approximately 10 minutes to candidates in Piano Grade 8, Certificate of Performance, Associate and Licentiate; all Voice and all Instrumental subjects. Candidates may be accompanied to the warm-up room by their accompanist and teacher. Warm-up facilities are provided for the purpose of warming- up and tuning instruments; candidates and accompanists should not expect to have sufficient time to rehearse repertoire. Note also that the availability of warm-up facilities at other examination venues cannot be guaranteed and should not necessarily be expected.