AMEB exams are recognised within the University systems in Australia and internationally. There are formal links to all major institutions and AMEB exam results are an Australian benchmark for university entry.
In some areas, AMEB exams give extra points towards secondary school scores and selected tertiary universities offer extra points towards university entrance requirements, in some cases as an alternative to interview and audition.
Beginning in 2020, from AMEB AMusA level and above (with corresponding theory) candidates will be admitted directly to Sydney Conservatory of Music. Candidates wishing to take the exam should inform AMEB to be recorded immediately during the exam. Candidates need to submit this video and the examiner’s review to the Sydney Conservatory. This condition is valid for 2 years from the date of issue. This is the ONLY qualification accepted for admission at the Sydney Conservatory of Music, Australia.
In addition, AMEB also offers a structured series of repertoire and technical work to develop student’s abilities and creativity.
For Video Repertoire exams, candidates have 3 options:
– Repertoire video:
+ Pre to grade 4 : 4 works
+ Grade 5 to grade 8 : 5 works
– For Leisure Repertoire: 4 works.
– P Plate Piano: 3 works.
The technical work, sight-reading, aural test, and general knowledge are NOT REQUIRED.
Books brought into the examination room must not have any writing on them except for fingering markings. During teaching and learning, teachers and students should use pencils to write in books. Before taking the exam, it is necessary to erase all the content written, only the fingerings may remain.
For higher certificates of Grade 8, candidates and teachers use the AMEB Manual of Syllabuses 2020 for practice and teaching. This Syllabus has compiled the entire list of works as well as exam content for all the type of AMEB exam.
Refer to how to choose the appropriate syllabuses for each certificate here.
Piano Series 17 and 18 contain different repertoire for all the grades between Preliminary and Grade 8. Both series can be used for Comprehensive and Repertoire exams. You may select pieces from both books or just from one book.
Aural Tests Book/6CD AMEB and Sight Reading can be used for both the Comprehensive Exam and Piano for Leisure. The book Technical Work level 1,2 (2018) is used for the Comprehensive Exam. And the book Technical Work Piano for Leisure is used for Piano for Leisure exam.
Aural tests are an essential part of practical exams from Preliminary to Grade 8. They help students develop essential musicianship skills in time, rhythm, pitch, melody and harmony.
See a demonstration of all the aural tests for each grade below. Please note that candidates sitting ‘For Leisure’ exams may choose between aural tests and sightreading. Aural tests are not required in Repertoire exams.
Candidates need to take both aural tests and sight-reading when taking the Comprehensive Exams from Preliminary to Grade 8. Candidates sitting ‘For Leisure’ exams may choose between aural tests and sight-reading. Aural tests and sight-reading are not required in Repertoire exams.