Syllabus News 2019

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In this section:
Repertoire Examinations
Piano Syllabus News
Practice of Music New 2019
Speech and Drama Syllabus News 2019

Repertoire Examinations

Following the successful Recital examination trial for Flute, Violin and Trumpet in 2017 and 2018, a repertoire-only examination will be available for all instruments (excluding Band and CPM) from 2019. The traditional exam familiar to most teachers and candidates will become known as the Comprehensive exam and candidates will be able to enrol in either the Comprehensive or the Repertoire exam for their chosen syllabus.

Repertoire examinations allow candidates to present for an AMEB assessment with only repertoire performance requirements, using works selected from the AMEB syllabus Lists along with an Own Choice option. There are no Technical Work, General Knowledge, Aural Test or Sight Reading requirements for a Repertoire exam, however these tests will continue to be components of the Comprehensive exam.

For the Level One Repertoire exam (Preliminary to Grade 4) candidates will be required to present four works: one from each of Lists A, B and C, plus one Own Choice work of equivalent standard. Level Two (Grades 5 to 8) Repertoire exam candidates will be required to present a total of five works: three from different syllabus lists, plus two Own Choice works of equivalent standard.

Own Choice selections should have an educational value similar to that already prescribed in the syllabus. For example, candidates might wish to present an additional work of the same grade selected from the AMEB Manual List, the current grade book, or an earlier series of grade book – or choose a suitable work from another source.

The specific Repertoire exam requirements for each instrument and grade should be confirmed by consulting the respective 2019 syllabus.

Piano

A new Piano syllabus will be available for examination from 2019. As well as the comprehensive review of the Manual Lists and the technical work requirements, a new range of technical work books, grade books, handbooks and recordings has been developed. Piano Series 18 includes a selection of appealing and pedagogically valuable repertoire in a range of styles.

From 2019, Level 2 (Grades 5 to 8) candidates will be able to choose either the Piano (Solo) option or the new Piano (Collaborative) option within the new syllabus. Taking the Piano (Collaborative) option allows candidates to demonstrate ensemble skills by presenting works with an associate artist as part of the repertoire requirements (Section II) for the grade.

Collaborative Piano: Grade 5 and 6 Collaborative Piano candidates will present one work for piano duet (chosen from published Lists) as either List C or List D. Grade 7 and 8 Collaborative Piano candidates will present two works (chosen from published Lists) for one of the following instrumental combinations: Piano duo; Clarinet and Piano; Flute and Piano; or Violin and Piano. One collaborative work will replace the usual List B and the second collaborative work will replace either List C or List D. (Both collaborative works must be for the same instrumental combination.)

All other aspects of the Collaborative Piano examination, including remaining repertoire selections, Technical Work, Sight Reading, Aural Tests, General Knowledge and Extra List requirements will be the same as the standard (Comprehensive) Piano syllabus. Only the candidate will be assessed in a Collaborative Piano exam. The associate artist must be musically and technically proficient, so that the candidate is able to perform to their full potential.

Click here to read a full list of resources for use with the new (2019) Piano syllabus.

Alternative syllabuses: In 2019, candidates can present for examination using the ‘new’ Piano syllabus (as published in the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses) or the ‘old’ syllabus, last published in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses. The syllabus chosen for examination must be presented in its entirety.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the syllabus last published in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses select Piano (2018 Syllabus). To enter for a Grade exam in the new 2019 syllabus select either Piano
(Comprehensive) Grade X
or Piano (Repertoire) Grade X; for examinations in the Comprehensive syllabus for Grades 5 to 8 there will be two options: Grade X (Solo) and Grade X (Collaborative). To enter for a Certificate of Performance, Associate or Licentiate exam in the new syllabus select Piano (2019 syllabus). Note that it is not acceptable to present for examination with a mix of new (2019) and old (2018) syllabuses, and after enrolment has been confirmed, it will not be possible to transfer between Solo and Collaborative options in Level 2 (as additional equipment is required for the collaborative option and a longer examination time is allowed for some grades).

Practice of Music

Associate and Licentiate practical examinations

New guidelines regarding General Knowledge and Repeats for Level 3 (Associate and Licentiate) diploma exams have been included in every applicable syllabus. Refer to Level 3 and Associate and Licentiate descriptions in each instrument or voice syllabus for further details.

Bassoon

Candidates may now present for Level 1 examinations (Grades 1 to 4) on fagottino, within the standard Bassoon syllabus.

Contemporary Popular Music (CPM)

Notice of withdrawal from examination: AMEB’s Contemporary Popular Music will cease to be available for examination from 31 December 2020 (including CPM Bass, Drum Kit, Guitar, Keyboard and Vocal).

AMEB is continuing its partnership with RSL (UK) to offer a wide range of Rockschool exams and encourages students who wish to be examined in popular music styles to consider purchasing the excellent Rockschool learning materials and to enrol for examination through (Victoria).

Musical Theatre

Over 40 recent works have been added to the Musical Theatre Manual lists (across Grades 2 to Associate).

Rockschool

Rockschool is a vibrant, contemporary music program of exams and qualifications for electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, ukulele, bands, popular music theory and music production. Based in the UK, Rockschool specialises in music of the most popular genres in a range of contemporary styles. Its qualifications are recognised globally with tens of thousands of exams conducted in the UK and over 40 countries around the world. Purchase Rockschool materials and enrol for examination through AMEB Connect (Victoria).

New publications: New Electric Guitar, Bass and Drum grade books were released in September 2018. The new books (for use from 2018 to 2024) include the songs from the previous books (2012-2018) plus six new songs, therefore the 2012-2018 books will also be valid until 2024. There are no changes to the technical work or exam structure for these syllabuses.

Syllabus reviews: The current Vocals Syllabus is being extended until further notice. The Rockschool Piano Syllabus is currently under review and a new syllabus will be released in the next 12-18 months.

Theory of Music and Musicianship

New Set Works from 2020

New Set Works for Theory of Music Grades 5 and 6, Musicianship Grades 5 and 6, and the Licentiate Diploma in Musicology will be introduced from early 2020. The current Set Works will not be examinable once the new works have been introduced. More information on the exact dates of the changeover will be provided during 2019.

Theory of Music

As part of the changeover, Set Works questions will be added to Theory of Music Grade 5, which has not previously had these questions. Currently students only encounter Set Works analysis in Theory of Music Grade 6, and it is believed that introducing this earlier will assist candidates in developing their analysis skills and will better align Theory of Music with Musicianship. For 2020 the Grade 6 Set Works will change and in Theory of Music Licentiate Diploma in Musicology there will be changes to both Group 1 and Group 2 of the Set Works. The Set Works in Theory of Music Associate Diploma in Musicology will not change. The list of new works to be introduced in 2020 can be found in the 2019 Theory of Music syllabus.

Musicianship

New Set Works will be introduced for Grade 5 and Grade 6 in 2020. The new works are listed in the 2019 Musicianship syllabus.


It is essential that teachers and candidates refer to the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses for specific AMEB exam requirements. The Manual is available in print form or as a digital file (PDF format) in individual syllabuses or instrument families.

Speech and Drama

Syllabus News 2019

It is essential that teachers and candidates refer to the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses (Speech & Drama Syllabuses) for specific AMEB exam requirements. The Manual is available in print form or as a digital file (PDF format) in individual syllabuses or instrument families.

Speech & Performance (formerly Drama & Performance) – revised syllabus

In 2018 an evaluation of the Drama and Performance syllabus was undertaken and as a result this syllabus has been renamed: from 2019 it will be known as the Speech & Performance syllabus. The syllabus reference book list and some syllabus wording have been updated as part of the revision. In addition, the following changes have been made:

All grades – The timing requirements for various questions/sections within the exam have been altered. Some question parameters have also changed [see individual grades in the 2019 Speech & Performance syllabus for details].

Level 3 Diplomas – The ADPA (Associate in Drama & Performance, Australia) and LDPA (Licentiate in Drama & Performance, Australia) will now become the Associate in Speech & Performance, Australia (ASPA) and the Licentiate in Speech & Performance, Australia (LSPA).

Transition Arrangements – The Speech & Performance (2019 syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama & Performance syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama & Performance syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Associate and Licentiate Diplomas – Candidates who commence their ADPA or LDPA before 2021 will be able to complete their diploma within the time frames outlined by Regulation 20.

Written Diploma Exams – Speech & Drama Written Diploma exams (ADPA/ASPA and LDPA/LSPA) are available on application. Candidates will be responsible for arranging the venue and suitable supervision. However, it is possible to apply to sit Written Diploma exams on 21 August at an AMEB Victoria Written Exam Centre.

LDPA/LSPA Dissertation – Candidates for the LDPA/LSPA examination are able to enrol for Section III at a time of their choice and are required to submit their dissertation within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the dissertation topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the dissertation.

Drama & Communication – revised syllabus

In 2017 and 2018 the Drama & Communication syllabus was part of the Recital exam trial. The Recital exam trial has now concluded, but elements from the trial have now been incorporated as options in the full syllabus. An evaluation of the full syllabus has resulted in a revision that allows individual candidates, as well as duos and larger groups, to undertake exams in this syllabus. The syllabus now has additional flexibility, allowing all candidates to pick from three different syllabus program structures [see the syllabus itself for specific details]. The time allowed for Drama & Communication exams at Grades 2, 5 and 6 has also changed [see Regulation 13 for details]. Some other question parameters have also been altered/updated [see individual grades of the 2019 Drama & Communication syllabus for details] and the syllabus now features a refreshed reference book list.

Transition Arrangements – The revised Drama & Communication (2019 syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama & Communication syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama & Communication syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Voice & Communication

For 2019 the reference book list for the Voice & Communication syllabus has been updated. In addition, some question parameters have also been altered/updated [see the individual grades in the Voice & Communication syllabus for 2019 requirements].

APCA Folio: All APCA candidates are able to enrol for Part Two: Written at a time of their choice and are required to submit their folio within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the folio topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the folio.

Speech & Performance Theory

Speech & Performance Theory now features an updated Reference book list. There have also been changes to the following two questions in Grade 6 and Grade 7 respectively:

Grade 6 Question 1, Foundations (a) – The length of the passage to be transcribed has been changed from 50 to 40 words.

Grade 7 Question 1, Foundations (a) – The length of the passage to be transcribed has now been given as 50 words (previously no word length was given).


It is essential that teachers and candidates refer to the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses (Speech & Drama Syllabuses) for specific AMEB exam requirements. The Manual is available in print form or as a digital file (PDF format) in individual syllabuses or instrument families.