New Piano syllabus

Syllabus News 2020


New (2019) Piano Syllabus

A new Piano syllabus was introduced from 2019. As well as the comprehensive review of the Manual Lists and the technical work requirements, culminating in the release of Piano Technical work Level 1 (2018) and Piano Technical work Level 2 (2018), a new series of grade books, handbooks and recordings was published. Piano Series 18 includes a selection of appealing and pedagogically valuable repertoire in a range of styles.

Level 2 (Grades 5 to 8) candidates may 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.

New (2019) Piano Syllabus Resources

Candidates using the new syllabus may source repertoire from any of Piano Series 18, Piano Series 17, AMEB Piano Australian Anthology or the Manual List. Note that works in the following publications will not be accepted for examination in the new syllabus, except as Extra List pieces: Piano Series 16, Piano Series 15 and Piano Studies and Baroque works (First to Fourth Grade) (2001).

Candidates preparing for examination with the new (2019) syllabus must draw the technical work only from Piano Technical work Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) or Piano Technical work Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) (2018). It is not appropriate to use Piano Technical work (2008) with the new syllabus (but it may be used with the Piano syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Manual of syllabuses). Piano Sight reading (2004), while not tailored to the parameters of the new syllabus, may provide additional practice material. <Click here for a complete list of new (2019) Piano syllabus resources>

Alternative syllabuses: In 2020, candidates can present for examination using the ‘new’ Piano syllabus or the ‘old’ syllabus, last published in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses. The syllabus chosen for examination must be presented in its entirety.

Notice of withdrawal
The new Piano syllabus will be examined concurrently with the version of the Piano syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Manual of syllabuses for two years after the release of the new syllabus. From the start of 2021 the previous Piano syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

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).

Piano website
Teacher resources, media releases, event dates and videos are now available on a dedicated Piano website published by AMEB Federal Office.

Click to go to AMEB’s dedicated Piano Website

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