Practical Exam Information

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Accompaniment
Accompaniment is essential wherever the pieces presented are provided with piano accompaniments, with the exception of Extra List pieces. Pieces presented for the some subjects can be accompanied by an official AMEB digital recorded accompaniment. For more information about new digital recorded accompaniments, click here.

 

Digital recorded accompaniments are currently available for the following subjects:

 

Flute Series 3 (Preliminary to Grade 3)
Percussion Series 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4)
Violin Series 9 (Preliminary to Grade 3)
Musical Theatre Series 1 (Preliminary to Grade 3)

 

For all other subjects, candidates must provide their own accompanist (who may be the teacher), but the accompanist may remain in the examination room only when actually required. If the necessary accompaniment is not offered in the examination, the following procedure will apply (Regulation 24):

 

List works which require accompaniment may not be heard or assessed without the necessary accompaniment. The examiner is not permitted to play the accompaniment for the candidate. If there is one such work lacking accompaniment the result will be reduced by one level; e.g. A down to B, etc. If there are two or more such pieces then the result will either be reduced by two levels, from A to C or, if the result would have been other than an A, ‘unable to assess’ will be stated on the report sheet, and an explanation made in the general remarks.

 

Diploma Exams (A.Mus.A., L.Mus.A., F.Mus.A.)
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. 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.


Examination Timetables

A teacher may not change the order of candidates in a particular examining program. AMEB practical examination timetables may not to be altered or amended except by AMEB Victoria.


Practical Examination Centres
A school or private studio enrolling candidates for a total examining time of three hours or more, in a particular subject, during published session dates can apply to host practical exams and this should be indicated on the enrolment form. If you wish to host Practical exams outside the published session dates, please contact us before enrolling candidates to discuss your preferrred dates so that we can check examiner availability.

 

Where an individual teacher makes his/her studio available as an examination centre, the piano must be of examination standard, both with regard to action and tuning, and suitable examining conditions must be provided (including heating, cooling and waiting area).


Practical Examination Reports

A candidate who presents for a practical examination will receive the report and certificate, where applicable, within two weeks of the completing the exam.

Presentation of Works not in the Syllabus Teachers and candidates are advised that the examination syllabus set out in the current AMEB Manual of Syllabuses must be strictly adhered to. If a candidate presents a work which is not in the current syllabus, the following procedure will apply (Regulation 25):

 

If a candidate presents a work which is not prescribed for the grade or diploma within the syllabus for which the candidate has entered, the examiner will indicate this to the candidate and will advise that the work cannot be heard. The candidate will be given the opportunity to substitute another work from that grade or diploma, but if no substitute is offered, the candidate will be asked to proceed directly to the next item of the examination.

 

On the examination report the examiner will note that the omitted work cannot be assessed as it is not prescribed for the particular syllabus, grade or diploma for which the candidate has entered.

 

In grade examinations the absence of one work reduces the overall result by one grading. If two or more works are not assessed because the works presented are not prescribed for the grade within the syllabus for which the candidate has entered, the overall result will be noted as ‘not able to assess’ with an explanation being given in the general remarks. In diploma examinations, the absence of one or more works will result in no award being given.


Receipt of Examination Notices

Candidates’ examination notices will be forwarded to teachers at least three weeks prior to the commencement of the examination session. Teachers should check examination notices and immediately advise AMEB Victoria of any errors or inaccuracies. Please advise our office immediately if you have not received examination notices three weeks prior to the commencement of the examination session.

 

Each candidate must bring his/her notice to the examination. Candidates for Practical examinations must write on the notice the titles of the pieces to be presented for examination and present the notice to the examiner, for information.


Recording Practical Examinations

Teachers are not authorised to record practical examinations conducted in a studio with or without the knowledge of the examiner.


Syllabus Objectives

The syllabus objectives introduce each of the three levels of a syllabus. They specify the required areas of achievement within each syllabus and are the basis upon which candidates and teachers work and upon which candidates expect to be assessed. The detailed Grading Descriptors report the candidate’s achievement against the objectives for the level and the specific syllabus requirements for the grade.


Tuning of Instruments

Candidates presenting for string examinations (Violin, Viola, etc.) at Fifth Grade and above are required to tune their own instruments.

 

Grading Guidelines

GRADING DESCRIPTORS: GRADES – LEVELS 1 AND 2

 

HIGH DISTINCTION – A+:

In addition to satisfying the requirements for an A grading (below), the candidate demonstrates outstanding achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all Sections, including performance flair, consistent technical fluency and penetrating stylistic insight.

HONOURS – A:

The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all Sections, in terms of musicianship, security of technique (including intonation, tone, phrasing, articulation, rhythm), and stylistic awareness.

CREDIT – B+ or B:

B+: In addition to satisfying the requirements for a B grading (below), the candidate demonstrates meritorious achievement against most of the syllabus objectives.

B: The candidate demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement with appropriate development of musicianship, technique and stylistic awareness in accordance with the syllabus objectives. Some unevenness of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives or between different Sections of the examination, may be apparent.

SATISFACTORY – C+ or C:

C+: In addition to satisfying the requirements for a C grading (below), the candidate demonstrates more than adequate achievement against some of the syllabus objectives in each Section.

C: The candidate demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in musicianship, technique and style in accordance with the syllabus objectives. Considerable unevenness of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives, or between different Sections of the examination, may be apparent.

NOT SATISFACTORY – D:

The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style and does not satisfy the syllabus objectives. Often this has resulted from inadequate preparation. Presentation is often hesitant, evidencing technical errors and/or an inappropriate sense of style.

 

GRADING DESCRIPTORS: DIPLOMAS – LEVEL 3 (AMusA and LMusA)

 

ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA (AMusA)

 

AWARD WITH DISTINCTION

To qualify for an award with distinction, the candidate must fulfill the criteria for a pass award and in addition demonstrate performance flair, consistent technical and musical command and penetrating stylistic insight.

AWARD

To qualify for an award at Associate level, the candidate must fulfill the syllabus objectives to a level that meets the technical and musical demands of the repertoire and produces a satisfying musical performance overall.

NO AWARD

The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style, resulting in a performance that does not yet fulfil the requirements for the award.

 

LICENTIATE DIPLOMA (LMusA)

 

AWARD WITH DISTINCTION

To qualify for an award with distinction, the candidate must fulfill the criteria for a pass award and in addition demonstrate performance flair, consistent technical and musical command and penetrating stylistic insight.

AWARD

To qualify for an award at Licentiate level, the candidate must fulfill the syllabus objectives, reaching a level of achievement that meets the technical and musical demands of the repertoire and produces a coherent and accomplished musical performance overall.

NO AWARD

The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style, resulting in a performance that does not yet fulfil the requirements for the award.