New AMEB Recital exams
In 2017, AMEB will offer a new type of Recital examination that will run alongside the traditional Grade exams. Recital examinations in Flute, Trumpet, Violin, and Drama & Communication will be trialled in 2017.
The Recital examinations will assess repertoire only for instrumental music syllabuses, and Performance and Discussion components only for Drama & Communication.
Recital exam syllabuses are available in digital PDF format only, and can be downloaded from the AMEB Victoria website free of charge. Click here to download the Recital syllabuses for Flute, Trumpet, Violin, and Drama & Communication.
1. Which Music syllabuses are available for a Recital examination?
Flute, Trumpet and Violin
2. Which Speech and Drama syllabuses are available for a Recital examination?
Drama and Communication.
3. When can I do it?
Recital examinations will be offered in 2017 along with the traditional examining options.
4. Which Grades will be offered?
Preliminary to Grade 8 (Grade 1 to Grade 8 for Trumpet) for Music examinations and Introductory Grade to Grade 6 for Drama and Communication.
5. What do I have to prepare?
For Flute, Trumpet and Violin Recital examinations:
Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4): Three pieces
Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8): Four pieces
For the Drama and Communication Recital examination: the Performance and Discussion requirements for the grade.
6. What pieces can I play for Flute, Trumpet and Violin examinations?
The Recital examinations will use the same syllabus as the traditional grade exams for repertoire selection, but with an Own Choice option.
Level 1 candidates (Preliminary to Grade 4) can prepare one work from each of Lists A, B and C OR substitute one List selection with an Own Choice selection (i.e. a piece that is not on the syllabus but that is of a similar standard to the works listed on the syllabus). For instance, candidates may choose one work from each of Lists A and C, and select an Own Choice work in place of their List B selection. Candidates should select Own Choice repertoire to produce a balanced and varied programme overall.
Level 2 candidates (Grade 5 to Grade 8) can prepare work from each of Lists A, B, C and D OR substitute up to two List selections with Own Choice selections (i.e. a piece that is not on the syllabus but that is of a similar standard to the works listed on the syllabus). For instance, candidates may choose one work from each of Lists A and C, and select Own Choice works in place of their List B and List D selections. Candidates should select Own Choice repertoire to produce a balanced and varied programme overall.
7. Does this mean that the orchestral excerpts requirement in Trumpet Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) can be replaced with an Own Choice selection?
Yes. Candidates can either present the orchestral excerpts requirement for List D or an Own Choice selection in its place.
8. How do I know if the Own Choice selections I have made are the right standard for the grade?
It is the responsibility of the teacher and the candidate to ensure the Own Choice selections are the right standard for the grade.
9. Do I still need to do a music Theory exam to get my certificate?
The same Additional Requirements that apply to the traditional Grade exams apply to the Recital exams. Once candidates get to Grade 6 additional requirements must be met.
10. Do I need to present a balanced program?
You should consider that this is a Recital examination and present a program that is attractive to listen to. The Syllabus Lists are there to help guide you in this, but further thought may be required to select a balanced and interesting programme.
11. So, I’m just checking, for the Music Recital examinations I won’t be examined on Technical Work and for the Drama and Communication Recital examination I won’t be required to submit the Documentation requirement?
12. And I won’t be examined on Aural tests, Sight reading or General knowledge in Music examinations?
13. So I never have to practise scales again?
AMEB recommends strongly that Technical Work forms part of your practice routine. Just because that component is not being assessed in this exam doesn’t mean that it is not essential to build your technical skills. Just like a dentist knows if you’ve been brushing your teeth or not an examiner will know whether you’ve been practising your scales or not. The examination criteria still includes aspects of technique, it’s just that Technical Work isn’t being examined separately.
14. Isn’t AMEB just dumbing down a great tradition?
AMEB is aware that the world is changing around us and that we need to change with this. Students have less time than they’ve had in the past. There are many calls on their time and talent. AMEB would encourage everyone to do an exam each year because it is such a great way to set a goal and make sure you are achieving and improving. We have listened to feedback from teachers telling us that not all learning environments allow a student to be prepared for a traditional grade exam but they would still like to have a goal to work towards.
The traditional grade exam prepares a student for the full package of what is required to make a musician. The exam covers Technical Work in Section 1, Pieces in Section 2, and Aural Tests, General Knowledge and Sight Reading in Section 3.
Just because AMEB is offering a Recital examination that doesn’t examine Sections 1 and 3 does not mean AMEB no longer thinks these things are important. We recognise that these elements remain an essential part of instrumental study. Teachers or students who would like examinations in these areas can continue to enrol in the traditional Grade exams.
15. Is this going to be easier than the traditional Grade exams?
No, the standard remains the same for each equivalent grade.
16. Who would this be relevant to?
Anyone who wants to learn a musical instrument, or improve their Speech and Drama skills.
It could be useful for a student preparing for a Year 11 or 12 music or drama VCE exam wanting to get feedback on their performance in advance.
Students whose programmes for developing Technical Work, Aural Skills and/or Sight Reading skills do not align with the traditional AMEB exam requirements.
Students who have difficulty in preparing all the requirements needed for a traditional Grade exam.
Students who love performing and want an annual goal to aim for as well as external feedback on their progress.