Induction Tests

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Induction tests have been designed for capable students who would like to prepare for subsequent AMEB examinations at an earlier age than normal. The tests are carried out individually in a non-threatening environment.

Candidates can select their own pieces and receive a report and certificate at the end of the assessment. Due to the fact that candidates are not classified according to our normal results there is no pass or unsatisfactory result. Instead, they are encouraged in the development of a good technical and musical foundation before entering AMEB grading exams.

Candidates are requested to enrol for the Induction Test in the normal way by using the appropriate enrolment form.

Click on one of the following links for more information about Induction Tests offered by AMEB:

KEYBOARD

STRINGS

FLUTE

GUITAR

 

KEYBOARD – INDUCTION

LEVEL 1

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

Ages: designed for ages four and over

Instrument Requirement: Electronic or Acoustic Keyboard with minimum 4 octave

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

Scales: Ascending and descending
Hands separately (Legato) – Five finger position
Major: C, G, D, F
OR
Chord Recognition – Triads: Play in root position any of the triads C, F, G, Am, Dm, as requested by the examiner.


Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*: List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time
List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time


Section 3 – Pieces – Aural Tests and General Knowledge

Aural**

Time and Rhythm: To clap and hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical two bar passage played by the examiner.
Pitch: a) To hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat notes as played twice by the examiner.
b) To state which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.


General Knowledge

Simple questions will be asked regarding the value of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

 

LEVEL 2

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

Ages: designed for ages five and over

Instrument Requirement: Electronic or Acoustic Keyboard with minimum 4 octave

Section 1 – Technical Work

Scales: Ascending and descending
Hands separately (Legato) – one octave
Major: C, G, D, F
Minor: A and E
AND / OR
Chord recognition: Play the tonic, subdominant or dominant triad (in root position or an inversion as preferred by the candidate) in the keys of C, F, D, G, Am, Em as requested by the examiner.

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*: List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time
List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time


Section 3 – Aural Tests and General Knowledge

Aural**

Time and Rhythm: To clap and hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical three bar passage played by the examiner.
Pitch: a) To hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat as played twice by the examiner.
b) To state which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

* It is suggested that teachers may wish to choose pieces from the Alfred, Bastien or Noone Piano Method Books Level 1 or 2, or John Thompson Book 2, however teachers do have the option to choose any other pieces from other publications if they considerate it appropriate.

** It is suggested that teachers refer to the Preliminary section of the Aural Tests – An Essential Handbook for samples of the standard required.

General Knowledge

Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

 

STRINGS – INDUCTION

LEVEL 1

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

Ages: Designed for ages four and over

Objective: To establish a comfortable hand position and suitable posture

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

See attached excercise. 

 

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*

List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time

List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time

 

Section 3 – Aural Tests** and General Knowledge

Time and Rhythm: Clap, hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical two bar passage played by the examiner.

Pitch: Hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat notes as played twice by the examiner. State which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

General Knowledge: Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

 

LEVEL 2

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

Ages: Designed for ages five and over

Objective: To establish a comfortable hand position and suitable posture

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

See attached excercise.

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*

List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time

List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time

 

Section 3 – Aural Tests** and General Knowledge

Time and Rhythm: Clap, hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical three bar passage played by the examiner.

Pitch: Hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat notes as played twice by the examiner. State which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

General Knowledge: Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

* It is suggested that teachers may wish to choose pieces from the Sheila Nelson Essential String Method, Suzuki Book 1, Mary Cohen Superstart, Paul Davies Abracadabra Violin or Jacqueline Dillon Strictly Strings (Alfred Publication).

** It is suggested that teachers refer to the Preliminary section of Aural Tests – An Essential Handbook for samples of the standard required.

Fingerboard tapes are permitted for Levels 1 and 2

 

FLUTE – INDUCTION

LEVEL 1

Duration: Approximately 12 minutes

Ages: Designed for ages five and over

Objective: To establish good posture and correct hand position.

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

Excercise No. 1: F major scale (one octave) played in minums each note tongued.

Excercise No. 2: G major scale (one octave) played as crotchets each note staccato.

Excercise No. 3: See attached excercise

Excercise No. 4: See attached excercise.

 

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*

List A: Any piece in Simple Duple Time

List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time

 

Section 3 – Aural Tests** and General Knowledge

Aural Tests

Time and Rhythm: To clap and hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical three bar passage played by the examiner.
Pitch: a) To hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat as played twice by the examiner.
b) To state which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

General Knowledge: Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

 

LEVEL 2

Duration: Approximately 12 minutes

Ages: Designed for ages six and over

Objective: To establish good posture and correct hand position.

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

Aim to play with full tone and all notes correctly pitched

Excercise No. 1: C major scale (one octave starting on 3rd space C) played in minums all tongued

Excercise No. 2: F major scale (one octave) 2 slurred 2 tongued

Excercise No. 3: G major scale (one octave) slurred in pairs

Excercise No. 4: See attached excercise.

Excercise No. 5: See attached excercise.

 

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*

List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time

List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time

 

Section 3 – Aural Tests** and General Knowledge

Time and Rhythm: Clap, hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical three bar passage played by the examiner.

Pitch: Hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat notes as played twice by the examiner. State which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

General Knowledge: Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

*It is suggested that teachers may like to choose works from The Young Flute Player – Karen North, Abracadabra Flute Book, or Let’s Play Flute – Amanda Oothuizen. However, teachers do have the option to choose from any other appropriate publication.

** It is suggested that teachers refer to the Preliminary section of Aural Tests – An Essential Handbook for samples of the standard required.

 

GUITAR – INDUCTION

LEVEL 1

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

Ages: Designed for ages six and over

Objective: To establish the playing position as well as left and right hand technique

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

See attached excercise.

 

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*

List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time

List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time

 

Section 3 – Aural Tests** and General Knowledge

Time and Rhythm: Clap, hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical two bar passage played by the examiner.

Pitch: Hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat notes as played twice by the examiner. State which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

General Knowledge: Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

 

LEVEL 2

Duration: Approximately 12 minutes

Ages: Designed for ages seven and over

Objective: To establish the playing position as well as left and right hand technique

 

Section 1 – Technical Work

See attached excercise.

 

Section 2 – Pieces

Two pieces required*

List A: Any piece in Simple Triple Time

List B: Any piece in Simple Quadruple Time

 

Section 3 – Aural Tests** and General Knowledge

Time and Rhythm: Clap, hum or sing the note values of a simple rhythmical three bar passage played by the examiner.

Pitch: Hum or sing the notes of a short melodic phrase of up to nine one-beat notes as played twice by the examiner. State which is the higher or lower of two notes, not less than a third apart, as played by the examiner.

General Knowledge: Simple questions will be asked regarding the values of notes and rests, sharps, flat signs etc.

* It is suggested that teachers may wish to choose pieces from Carlos Bonell First Pieces for Guitar, Debbie Cracknell Enjoy Playing the Guitar, Mary Criswick First Melodies or Bryan Lester Explorations in Guitar Playing. However, teachers have the option to choose any other pieces from other publications if they consider it is appropriate.

*** It is suggested that teachers refer to the Preliminary section of Aural Tests – An Essential Handbook for samples of the standard required.

The capo may be used on half, three quarter and full sized guitars to encourage good left hand habits in young students.