Performance Evaluation Program
The AMEB Performance Evaluation Program aims to encourage and motivate learners of any age or level of attainment by providing achievable goals, feedback on progress, and recognition of their efforts.
> 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 Fees
> Performance Evaluation video submission form
About the Program
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
- an individually-selected program of work for evaluation
- constructive feedback through a written report
- recognition of achievement via a Certificate of Participation
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 developing musicians 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 (from Preliminary through to an Associate or Licentiate diploma exam)
- are progressing through a development program that does not align with AMEB Practical exam requirements
- are just learning ‘for fun’
Face-to-face Performance Evaluations
Performance Evaluations are available in durations of 10, 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
Performance Evaluations by video (in durations of 10, 20 or 30 minutes) are available any time from 1 February and 30 November.
To enrol for a Video Evaluation on AMEB Connect: 1) select Series 50 Video Performance Evaluations; 2) Select the subject and duration.
Performance Evaluation is currently offered for the following instruments:
Performance Evaluation for other instruments might be available; please contact AMEB Victoria before enrolling.
Collaborative music-making with an accompanist or performing with a suitable backing track is encouraged, however accompaniment is optional in a Performance Evaluation.
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
15 minutes performance time in a 20-minute evaluation
25 minutes performance time on a 30-minute evaluation
How to enrol
Enrol for an AMEB Performance Evaluation via AMEB Connect (Victoria)
- Register for AMEB Connect (Victoria) or Log in if registered
- Select a previously enrolled candidate or add a new candidate.
- Enter enrolment details
Face-to-face Evaluation – choose one of Practical examination sessions.
Video Evaluation – choose Series 50 -Video Performance Evaluations.
Search for the available subjects by typing the first few letters of the name of the instrument, such as clar for clarinet then select the Performance Evaluation option for the relevant instrument.
Select the subject and duration – e.g. Clarinet Performance Evaluation 30mins OR Clarinet Perf. Evaluation (video) 30mins
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 video.)
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 must be by 30 November.)
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). A quiet location with good lighting and minimal ambient noise should be selected.
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
- Go to https://www.youtube.com/
- At the top right, click sign in
- If you have a Google account, enter your details; if you are a new user click Create Account.
Create a personal YouTube channel
- Select the camera icon at the top right of the window Create a video or post > Upload video
- Insert your name and select Create channel.
Your video should be uploaded and submitted before 30 November.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Click Select files to upload or simply ‘drag and drop’ the video file to the window.
Submit the performance to AMEB
- Click the account menu at the top right of the screen and select > My channel. A list of your videos will be displayed.
- Select the video to be submitted for evaluation, then click Share, which is displayed under the video on the right.
- After the share window pops up click copy, next to the URL, to copy the link to the clipboard.
- Paste the link to the form on this page, complete the other details, and click Submit.
Performance Evaluation Fees
Please see the relevant page for your instrument which can be accessed from the Practical Music Examinations page.
Performance Evaluation video submission form
Video evaluations will open on 1 February 2021.