Revised Brass (Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium) syllabuses
Revised versions of the Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium Syllabuses appear for the first time in the 2017 Manual of Syllabuses.
Recital examinations trial
AMEB will trial Recital examinations for Flute, Trumpet and Violin in 2017. The Recital examination will comprise repertoire only and will feature material from the AMEB syllabuses along with an own choice option.
Notice of withdrawal – Electronic Organ and Accordion Classical Free Bass
From 1 January 2018 the Electronic Organ and Accordion Classical Free Bass syllabuses will be no longer available for examination. Neither syllabus will be replaced, so 2017 is the final year that candidates may sit for an AMEB practical examination in Electronic Organ or Accordion Classical Free Bass. AMEB will continue to offer examinations in Accordion Stradella.
Fellowship in Music, Australia
The Fellowship in Music, Australia examination will be withdrawn, effective 1 January 2018.
New Musical Theatre Syllabus
The new Musical Theatre syllabus, introduced in 2016, has been very popular. Developed for performers in musicals, eisteddfods, music academies and those preparing to be professional performers, this exciting new syllabus comes with a range of supporting publications and recorded accompaniments.
Rockschool now delivered by AMEB in Australia
AMEB is now delivering Rockschool exams in Australia to provide globally recognised qualifications in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, band-based keyboards and band. The Rockschool syllabus specialises in music from most popular genres in a range of rock, pop, metal and funk styles and comes with a range of supporting publications. For more information go to: www.rockschool.com.au.
Revised Musicianship syllabus
A revised version of the Musicianship syllabus appears for the first time in the 2016 Manual of Syllabuses. There have been no changes to Grades 1-6 but Grades 7 and 8 have been removed so that candidates progress from Grade 6 to the revised Associate and Licentiate diploma syllabuses.
Diploma Theory, Musicianship and Teaching exams on application
Candidates may now apply to undertake Written Diploma exams in Theory of Music, Musicianship, Teaching (including CTMusA) on a date of their choice. (Application to be submitted at least six weeks before the proposed date).
In 2017, AMEB will continue to release recorded accompaniments for use in study and examinations. Whilst the recorded accompaniments will be very useful practice tools, learning to play with an accompanist can be beneficial to a young musician’s development. Although it is possible to present for lower grade examinations using the official AMEB recorded accompaniment, performance with an accompanist is encouraged, where possible. Recorded accompaniment CDs can be purchased from AMEB Victoria, and digital downloads can be purchased from digital music outlets, such as iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
New My Tempo app
A new app is also available for use with recorded accompaniments. Called My Tempo, the app allows the user to speed up or slow down the accompaniment tempo as required for practice purposes. The app also allows purchase of individual tracks from within the app or transfer of tracks into the app from a CD. Other features include a “loop function”, allowing repeated practice of the same passage and a metronome function that enables the speed to be checked.
Candidates should note that, if presenting for examination with an official AMEB recorded accompaniment CD or downloaded audio file, only the Performance (100%) tempo may be used. Further, the candidate is responsible for providing and operating playback equipment. My Tempo is available for both Apple and Android devices and can be purchased from the relevant app stores.
2017 Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony
The AMEB Victoria Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony will be held on Tuesday 21 March 2017, commencing at 6pm, subject to availability of The Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville.