Syllabus News 2019
New (2019) Piano Syllabus
Following the successful Recital examination trial for Flute, Violin and Trumpet in 2017 and 2018, a repertoire-only examination is available for all instruments (excluding Band and CPM) in 2019. The traditional exam familiar to most teachers and candidates will be known as the Comprehensive exam and candidates may enrol in either the Comprehensive or the Repertoire exam for their chosen syllabus.
Repertoire examinations allow candidates to present for an AMEB assessment with only repertoire performance requirements, using works selected from the AMEB syllabus Lists along with an Own Choice option. There are no Technical Work, General Knowledge, Aural Test or Sight Reading requirements for a Repertoire exam, however these tests will continue to be components of the Comprehensive exam.
For the Level One Repertoire exam (Preliminary to Grade 4) candidates are required to present four works: one from each of Lists A, B and C, plus one Own Choice work of equivalent standard. Level Two (Grades 5 to 8) Repertoire exam candidates are required to present a total of five works: three from different syllabus lists, plus two Own Choice works of equivalent standard.
Own Choice selections should have an educational value similar to that already prescribed in the syllabus. For example, candidates might wish to present an additional work of the same grade selected from the AMEB Manual List, the current grade book, or an earlier series of grade book – or choose a suitable work from another source.
The specific Repertoire exam requirements for each instrument and grade should be confirmed by consulting the respective 2019 syllabus.
New (2019) Piano Syllabus
A new Piano syllabus is available for examination in 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 has been 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 will be able to 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.
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.
Resources for use with the new (2019) Piano syllabus
Piano Series 18 (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Series 17 (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Australian Anthology Level 1 (Preliminary – Fourth Grade) (2003) [List C works]
Piano Australian Anthology Level 2 (Fifth – Eighth Grade) (2001) [List D works]
Piano Technical work Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) (2018)
Piano Technical work Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) (2018)
Piano Sight-reading (2018)
Piano Series 18 Handbook Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) (print version, 2018)*
Piano Series 18 Handbook Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) (print version, 2018)*
Piano Series 18 Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 8) (digital edition, available by grade)*
Piano Series 18 Recordings (Preliminary – Grade 8) (digital downloads, available by grade)*
Piano Series 17 Recordings & Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 8) [print edition, including CD recordings]
To purchase Piano Series 18 publications click here to log on to AMEB Connect.
*Recordings of the works printed in the Series 18 grade books will be available as downloads but are not included in the Series 18 Handbooks. The Handbooks will be available in print as Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) or Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) books, or via digital download as individual grade e-books.
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.
Alternative syllabuses: In 2019, candidates can present for examination using the ‘new’ Piano syllabus (as published in the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses) 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.
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).
Teacher resources, media releases, event dates and videos are now available on a dedicated Piano website published by AMEB Federal Office.