Performance Evaluation Program

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The AMEB Performance Evaluation Program aims to encourage and motivate students by providing achievable goals, feedback on progress, and recognition of their efforts.

 


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About the Program
How to enrol
How to submit a Performance Evaluation by video
Guide to recording a performance for video evaluation
Guide to uploading to YouTube
Performance Evaluation video submission form

 


 

About the Program

 

 

Benefits

An AMEB Performance Evaluation presents an opportunity for a student to perform an individually-selected program of work for an AMEB Examiner and receive constructive feedback.
An AMEB Performance Evaluation offers each student:

  • a goal to work towards
  • individually-selected program of work for evaluation
  • constructive feedback through a written report
  • recognition of achievement via a Certificate of Participation (presented at the end of the evaluation)

An AMEB Performance Evaluation offers schools and teachers:

  • an evaluation customised to the needs of each student
  • evaluation content established by the teacher
  • objectives for the evaluation may be established by the teacher, if required (otherwise AMEB exam objectives apply)
  • evaluations would not normally be graded; however a school’s assessment criteria and marking scheme could be applied, if required
  • a school’s own certificate of attainment could be awarded, on request

Who could benefit?

Performance Evaluation is useful for students whose study programs do not align with the requirements of AMEB Practical Exams, as the content of the evaluation is established by the teacher and customised to the needs of the individual student.

 

An AMEB Performance Evaluation might be suitable for students who:

  • are learning in a Suzuki or Yamaha program
  • are learning in a group
  • are preparing for a VCE examination
  • would value feedback prior to an AMEB examination (e.g. an Associate or Licentiate Diploma exam)
  • are progressing through a development program that does not align with AMEB Practical exam requirements

In-person Performance Evaluations

Performance Evaluations are available in durations of 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes – and group or concert-style evaluations might be possible by special arrangement. Performance Evaluations are scheduled during the applicable AMEB Practical Exam session and can be combined with AMEB Grade Exams in daily timetables. A school or teacher with three or more hours of AMEB Practical Exams and/or Performance Evaluations in the specialist instrumental subject may apply to host exams/evaluations or to request dates outside the normal published session dates (subject to availability of a specialist AMEB Examiner).

 

Group or concert-style evaluations

The flexible Performance Evaluation format could include a concert-style evaluation. For example, each student could present one piece, possibly to an invited audience, and could receive a certificate at the end of the ‘concert’. Written feedback on each performance would be provided to the teacher/enroller.

 


Performance Evaluation by video
It is also possible to undertake an individual AMEB Performance Evaluation by video (individual evaluations of 15 or 30 minutes only). See below.

 


 

Instruments

Performance Evaluation is currently offered for the following instruments:

 

Cello Percussion Trombone
Clarinet Piano Trumpet
Classical Guitar Recorder Violin
Flute Saxophone
Horn Singing

 

Accompaniment

Collaborative music-making with an accompanist or performing with a suitable backing track is encouraged, however accompaniment is optional in a Performance Evaluation.

 

How to enrol

 

 

Enrol for an AMEB Performance Evaluation via AMEB Connect (Victoria) (see A quick guide to enrolling for exams)

  1. Register for AMEB Connect (Victoria) or Log in if registered
  2. Select a previously enrolled candidate or add a new candidate.
  3. Enter enrolment details

Choose one of the available Practical Series (Examination Sessions). (This also applies to video evaluations, which are due for submission prior to the end of the Session.)

Search for the available subjects by typing the name of the instrument, such as clar for clarinet.

Select the subject and duration – e.g. Performance Evaluation Clarinet – 15 mins OR Performance Evaluation Clarinet – 15 mins – Video

Select the Preferred Venue. The default venue for Melbourne is Hawthorn Studios, unless an alternative venue has been pre-approved. (The venue for a video evaluation should be Hawthorn Studios.)

 

How to submit a Performance Evaluation by video

 

Record the evaluation performance in one take with a good-quality recording device (see Guide to recording a performance for video Evaluation, below)

Upload the performance video to YouTube (see Guide to uploading to YouTube, below.)

Complete the Performance Evaluation video submission form (below) to submit the performance video to AMEB Victoria. (Submission should be prior to the end of the Practical Exam Session in which the candidate has been enrolled. )

The video will be reviewed by an AMEB Examiner and a written report will be emailed to the enrolling person within 14 days.

 

Guide to recording a performance for video evaluation

 

Camera and microphone

A high-quality recording device should be used; a recent-model smart phone or tablet might be suitable (test both audio and vision). Video resolution of 720p is recommended (minimum 480p). The camera must be positioned to capture the performer’s face, both hands and the instrument. It is important that the sound is appropriately balanced between the solo part and the live or recorded accompaniment (if any). Choose a quiet location with good lighting and minimal ambient noise should be selected.

 

Program of work and performance time

The program of work would normally be selected by the teacher and may include repertoire, band/orchestral excerpts and/or technical work, as required. The total performance time should be  less than the duration of the evaluation (to allow time for the Examiner to finalise comments):

7 minutes’ performance time in a 10 minute evaluation
10 minutes’ performance time in a 15 minute evaluation
15 minutes’ performance time in a 20 minute evaluation
25 minutes’ performance time on a 30 minute evaluation

 

At the beginning of the recording, the candidate should introduce him/herself and the title of the first item e.g.: “My name is John Smith. My first piece is XXXXX.” Each subsequent work should also be announced, e.g.: “I will now play XXXX.”

 

 

Guide to uploading to YouTube

 

 

Performance Evaluations are submitted privately to AMEB Victoria via YouTube. The enrolling person or candidate must create a Google account, then a YouTube channel, to which the video will be uploaded. The video privacy setting should be set to unlisted so that the video can be shared with AMEB but will not appear in YouTube search results.

The following guide applies to uploading on a PC or Mac through a standard web browser. Experienced users may be able to directly upload videos from a mobile device.

 

Creating a Google account

  1. Go to https://www.youtube.com/
  2. At the top right, click sign in
  3. If you have a Google account, enter your details; if you are a new user click Create Account.

Create a personal YouTube channel

  1. Select the camera icon at the top right of the window Create a video or post > Upload video
  2. Insert your name and select Create channel.

Upload video

Your video should be uploaded and submitted prior to the end of the Session in which you have enrolled.

  1. Log in to your YouTube account and select the camera icon at the top right of the window, then select Create a video or post > Upload video.
  2. A square window appears, ensure the privacy setting drop-down menu is set to unlisted before you upload your video. (Do not select the public video privacy setting as this might create a breach of Australian copyright law.)
  3. Click Select files to upload or simply ‘drag and drop’ the video file to the window.

Submit the performance to AMEB

  1. Click the account menu at the top right of the screen and select > My channel. A list of your videos will be displayed.
  2. Select the video to be submitted for evaluation, then click Share, which is displayed under the video on the right.
  3. After the share window pops up click copy, next to the URL, to copy the link to the clipboard.
  4. Paste the link to the form on this page, complete the other details, and click SUBMIT.

 

 

Performance Evaluation video submission form

 

To be completed by the teacher/enrolling person.

Submit a Performance Evaluation video prior to the end of the Session in which the candidate has enrolled.

* Please complete all fields.