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13 April update:

Repertoire exams for Preliminary to Grade 8 now available by video submission.
Read more about Video Repertoire exams.
Read more about recording a video exam performance.

Piano Repertoire exams may use repertoire drawn from the ‘new’ or ‘old’ Piano syllabuses.

Piano for Leisure Repertoire exam available in 2020. Read more.

P Plate Piano assessments available by Video in 2020. Read more.

Face-to-face examination and application dates available here.


A repertoire-only examination was introduced in 2019. The traditional exam familiar to most teachers and candidates is now known as the Comprehensive exam and candidates are able to enrol in either the Comprehensive or the Repertoire exam for their chosen syllabus.

The Comprehensive Exam

The traditional Comprehensive syllabus provides a framework for the progressive development of a wide range of musical and technical skills, over a series of grades and diplomas from beginner to expert level. Technical, aural and sight-reading skills are acquired in a sequential way; and students gain a theoretical understanding of the works being studied and their historical context. Repertoire is carefully selected by experts to suit the needs of students at their particular stage of development; and to promote growth in musical understanding and artistry in performance.

The Repertoire Exam

The Repertoire exam might suit students whose program for developing technical, aural or sight-reading skills does not align with the requirements of a particular Grade in the AMEB Comprehensive syllabus. Candidates can present for an AMEB assessment with only repertoire performance requirements, using works selected from the AMEB Lists for the Grade along with an Own Choice option. There are no Technical Work, Aural Test, Sight-reading or General Knowledge requirements for a Repertoire exam.

Candidates presenting for the Piano Repertoire exam in 2020 will be able to source repertoire from either the 2020 Piano (Comprehensive) syllabus or the ‘old’ (2018) Piano syllabus. Candidates may present for a Piano Repertoire grade exam by video or face-to-face (circumstances permitting).  

Associate and Licentiate practical examinations

New guidelines regarding General Knowledge and Repeats for Level 3 (Associate and Licentiate) diploma exams were introduced in 2019. Refer to General Requirements and Level 3, Associate and Licentiate descriptions in the syllabus for further details. <Read important information for Associate and Licentiate candidates>

Examination requirements

It is essential that teachers and candidates consult the current year’s syllabus for details of AMEB examination requirements and note the applicable regulations, which are amended from time to time. The Manual of Syllabuses (Music Syllabuses) is available for purchase in the traditional hard copy format or as a digital file (PDF); and digital syllabuses are available for individual instruments and instrument families. <Read more about purchasing syllabuses>

The requirements of a video Repertoire exam are the same as the requirements for a face-to-face Repertoire exam, as published in the current year’s syllabus.
Read more about Video Repertoire exams.
Read more about recording a video exam performance.
Read more about video exam enrolment and video submission.

Performance Evaluation by video or face-to-face (circumstances permitting)

For students whose learning program does not suit an AMEB Comprehensive or Repertoire examination, AMEB Victoria offers a Performance Evaluation Program. The content of the Evaluation is customised to the needs of the student at the time. Face-to-face Performance Evaluations are available in durations of 10, 20 and 30 minutes and are usually scheduled alongside AMEB Comprehensive and Repertoire examinations.

Students now have the option of recording their performance and submitting a video for evaluation at any time between 1 February and 30 November. Enrollers select Series 50 Video Evaluations and enter the candidate for a 20-minute or 30-minute Performance Evaluation (Video), as required. <Read more about Performance Evaluation>

Teacher Consultation

A teacher may register for a 30-minute personal consultation with an AMEB Examiner. <Find out more about Teacher Consultation>

Support Materials

AMEB produces a range of publications to support teaching and learning in most instruments (as listed below). Supplementary materials are available to support the development of aural skills, theoretical knowledge, etc. <Click to read more about general publications>

Enrolling for examinations, evaluations and consultations

Examinations, evaluations and teacher consultations for Piano and Piano for Leisure are offered in five Metropolitan Practical Sessions and two Country Practical Sessions. Examinations for Organ and Accordion are available in two Special Subject Sessions.

Diploma examinations are held at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn: Associate examinations are available in each of the five Metropolitan Practical Sessions; Licentiate examinations are offered in late-June and late-September. <Click here for 2020 dates>

To enrol for a Video Repertoire examination on AMEB Connect: 1) select Series 60 Video Examinations; 2) Select the Syllabus and Grade.

Each Video Repertoire exam subject code is prefixed by the letter ‘V’ to indicate an examination via video submission.

Piano Comparison

Features of each AMEB Piano syllabus

A Collaborative option is available in Level 2 Piano (Comprehensive) examinations. In Grades 5 and 6 a piano duet may be presented as one selection. In Grades 7 and 8 works for either piano duo, violin and piano, clarinet and piano, or flute and piano may be presented as two of the repertoire selections.

Piano (Comprehensive) Piano (Repertoire) Piano for Leisure Piano for Leisure (Repertoire)
For aspiring pianists seeking to acquire a comprehensive range of artistic and technical skills.
• Promotes the sequential development of technical and musical abilities
• Encourages development of a comprehensive range of supporting skills – aural, sight-reading and general knowledge
For aspiring pianists seeking a repertoire-only assessment.
• Promotes the sequential development of performance skills in a range of styles
• Based on the broad range of carefully-graded repertoire in the Piano Comprehensive syllabus
• Offers an ‘own choice’ option
For busy students seeking achievable goals.
• Repertoire includes popular classics, jazz & film music
• Fewer requirements in each section (Technical Work, Pieces and Section III)
• Offers an ‘own choice’ option
For busy students seeking achievable goals with a repertoire-only assessment.
• Repertoire includes popular classics, jazz & film music
• Offers an ‘own choice’ option
Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4
Section I. Technical Work
Section II. Studies & Pieces: 3 works selected from the Lists plus 2 Extra List works (Grades 2 to 4)
Section III. Aural tests, Sight-reading, General Knowledge
Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4
Studies & Pieces: 4 works (3 works selected from the ‘Comprehensive’ syllabus Lists plus 1 Own Choice)
Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4
Section I. Technical Work
Section II. Pieces: 3 works (1 Own Choice permitted)
Section III. Aural Tests or Sight-reading, General Knowledge
Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4
Studies & Pieces: 4 works (2 works selected from the Piano for Leisure syllabus Lists plus 2 Own Choice pieces)
Level 2 Grades 5 to 8
Section I. Technical Work
Section II. Studies & Pieces:
4 works selected from the Lists, with a ‘Collaborative’ option (see above), plus 2 Extra List works (Grades 5 to 7)
Section III. Aural tests, Sight-reading, General Knowledge
Level 2 Grades 5 to 8
Studies & Pieces: 5 works (3 works selected from the ‘Comprehensive’ syllabus Lists plus 2 Own Choice)
Level 2 Grades 5 to 8
Section I. Technical Work
Section II. Pieces: 3 works (1 Own Choice permitted)
Section III. Aural Tests or Sight-reading, General Knowledge
Level 2 Grades 5 to 8
Studies & Pieces: 4 works (2 works selected from the Piano for Leisure syllabus Lists plus 2 Own Choice pieces)
Level 2 Certificate of Performance
Section I. Pieces: A program of 4 or more works within a minimum and maximum performance time
Section II. General Knowledge
(Certificate of Performance available in the Piano Comprehensive syllabus) Level 2 Certificate of Performance
Section I. Pieces: A program of 4 or more works within a minimum and maximum performance time
Section II. General Knowledge
(Certificate of Performance available in the Piano for Leisure syllabus)
Level 3 Associate and Licentiate Diplomas
Section I. Pieces: A program of 4 or more works within a minimum and maximum performance time
Section II. General Knowledge
(Diploma exams available in the Piano Comprehensive syllabus) (Diploma exams available in the Piano Comprehensive syllabus) (Diploma exams available in the Piano Comprehensive syllabus)

Piano

New (2019) Piano

Completely updated syllabus from 2019

A new Piano syllabus was introduced for examination 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 has been developed. 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; 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 the candidate is able to perform to their full potential.

Examination entries: 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 the Piano (2019) subject. 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).

New (2019) Piano Syllabus Resources

Piano Series 18 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Series 17 Grade Books (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]

*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.

New (2019) Piano Syllabus Subject Numbers and Fees 2020  
2000Teacher Consultation$66.00
12110Piano Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
12120Piano Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
12130Piano Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
12145Piano Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
12150Piano Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
9940Comprehensive Preliminary$86.00
9941Comprehensive Grade 1$93.00
9942Comprehensive Grade 2$99.00
9943Comprehensive Grade 3$110.00
9944Comprehensive Grade 4$117.00
9945Comprehensive Grade 5 (Solo)$124.00
9965Comprehensive Grade 5 (Collaborative)$124.00
9946Comprehensive Grade 6 (Solo)$141.00
9966Comprehensive Grade 6 (Collaborative)$141.00
9947Comprehensive Grade 7 (Solo)$167.00
9967Comprehensive Grade 7 (Collaborative)$167.00
9948Comprehensive Grade 8 (Solo)$192.00
9968Comprehensive Grade 8 (Collaborative)$192.00
9949Certificate of Performance (2019)$215.00
9950Associate in Music (2019)$339.00
9951Licentiate in Music (2019)$437.00
6200Repertoire Preliminary$86.00
6201Repertoire Grade 1$93.00
6202Repertoire Grade 2$99.00
6203Repertoire Grade 3$110.00
6204Repertoire Grade 4$117.00
6205Repertoire Grade 5$124.00
6206Repertoire Grade 6$141.00
6207Repertoire Grade 7$167.00
6208Repertoire Grade 8$192.00

Old (2018) Piano

Notice of withdrawal

The version of the Piano syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses will be withdrawn from examination from 31 December 2021 (previously advised as being withdrawn at the end of 2020). From the start of 2022 the ‘old’ (2018) Piano syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the ‘Old’ syllabus last published in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses select the Piano (2018) syllabus.

Old (2018) Piano Syllabus Resources

Piano Series 17 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Australian Anthology Level 1 (Preliminary – Fourth Grade) (2003)
Piano Australian Anthology Level 2 (Fifth – Eighth Grade) (2001)
Piano Series 16 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Series 16 Recordings and Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Series 15 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Series 15 Recordings and Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano Studies and Baroque Works (First – Fourth Grade)
Piano Sight-reading (2004)
Piano Technical Work Book (2008)

Old (2018) Piano Subject Numbers and Fees 2020  
1560Preliminary (2018)$86.00
1561Grade 1 (2018)$93.00
1562Grade 2 (2018)$99.00
1563Grade 3 (2018)$110.00
1564Grade 4 (2018)$117.00
1565Grade 5 (2018)$124.00
1566Grade 6 (2018)$141.00
1567Grade 7 (2018)$167.00
1568Grade 8 (2018)$192.00
1569Certificate of Performance (2018)$215.00
1570Associate in Music (2018)$339.00
1571Licentiate in Music (2018)$437.00

Piano for Leisure

Repertoire examination

Students of Piano for Leisure will be able to present for an AMEB Repertoire exam in 2020 by video or face-to-face (circumstances permitting).

Teachers and candidates should refer to the graded repertoire lists published in the 2020 Manual of Syllabuses. Click here to download the 2020 Piano for Leisure Repertoire exam requirements.

Resources

Piano for Leisure Series 4 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano for Leisure Series 4 Recordings and Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano for Leisure Series 3 Grade Books (Preliminary – Seventh Grade) Piano for Leisure Series 3 CDs and Handbooks (Preliminary – Seventh Grade)
Piano for Leisure Series 2 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 8)
Piano for Leisure Series 2 CDs and Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 8) Piano for Leisure Series 1 Grade Books (Preliminary – Eighth Grade)
Piano for Leisure Series 1 Recordings (Preliminary to Eighth Grade)
Piano Technical Work Book (2008)

Piano for Leisure Subject Numbers and Fees 2020  
1280Preliminary$86.00
1281Grade 1$93.00
1282Grade 2$99.00
1283Grade 3$110.00
1284Grade 4$117.00
1285Grade 5$124.00
1286Grade 6$141.00
1287Grade 7$167.00
1288Grade 8$192.00
1289Certificate of Performance$215.00

P Plate Piano

P Plate Piano assessment by video

P Plate Piano is a series of three bright, colourful piano books for beginner pianists who have completed their first tutor.

The books are designed to complement the teacher’s existing teaching methods and provide perfect preparation for AMEB Preliminary Piano or Preliminary Piano for Leisure. Optional non-graded assessments are available from AMEB at the end of each book. The books feature stunning artwork, fun activities and informative text written by nationally respected music educator, Elissa Milne.

Students of P Plate Piano can now present for an assessment by video.

• The candidate prepares for a P Plate Piano assessment in accordance with the guidelines.

• A teacher, parent or sibling may participate in the assessment, performing one of the optional duet parts with the candidate.

• A teacher, parent or older sibling sets up the recording equipment.

• Other family members could form an audience for the ‘concert’.

• At the beginning of the recording, the candidate introduces him/herself and announces each piece, before playing it. (The announcements replace the conversation between the examiner and candidate in the face-to-face P Plate Piano assessment.)

• A written report and certificate will be mailed to the enrolling person after the examiner has reviewed the recording.

• On completing P Plate Piano Book 3 the candidate will be awarded their personally named P Plate Piano ‘licence’ card.

Click here for P Plate Piano assessment guidelines.

Click here for information on how to record a Video Repertoire grade examination.

Click here for Video Repertoire exam enrolment procedure.

Resources

P Plate Piano Book One, Book Two, Book Three

P Plate Piano Subject Numbers and Fees 2020  
1351Piano - P Plate Book 1$44.00
1352Piano - P Plate Book 2$44.00
1353Piano - P Plate Book 3$49.00

Organ

Organ Subject Numbers and Fees 2020   
***Teacher Consultation$66.00
***Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
***Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
***Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
***Performance Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
***Performance Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
373Comprehensive Grade 3$110.00
374Comprehensive Grade 4$117.00
375Comprehensive Grade 5$124.00
376Comprehensive Grade 6$141.00
377Comprehensive Grade 7$167.00
378Comprehensive Grade 8$192.00
379Associate in Music$339.00
427Licentiate in Music$437.00
6013Repertoire Grade 3$110.00
6014Repertoire Grade 4$117.00
6015Repertoire Grade 5$124.00
6016Repertoire Grade 6$141.00
6017Repertoire Grade 7$167.00
6018Repertoire Grade 8$192.00
*** Contact AMEB Victoria to obtain a subject number before enrolling

New (2020) Accordion

A revised version of the Accordion syllabus is available via digital download from 2020. The new syllabus includes revised Manual lists and new Technical Work.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the new syllabus, select the Accordion (2020) syllabus in AMEB Connect. Note that it is not acceptable to present for examination with a mix of new (2020) and old (2019) syllabuses.

New (2020) Accordion Subject Numbers and Fees 2020    
9980Comprehensive Preliminary$86.00
9981Comprehensive Grade 1$93.00
9982Comprehensive Grade 2$99.00
9983Comprehensive Grade 3$110.00
9984Comprehensive Grade 4$117.00
9985Comprehensive Grade 5$124.00
9986Comprehensive Grade 6$141.00
9987Comprehensive Grade 7$167.00
9988Comprehensive Grade 8$192.00
9989Associate in Music$339.00
9990Licentiate in Music$437.00
6230Repertoire Preliminary$86.00
6231Repertoire Grade 1$93.00
6232Repertoire Grade 2$99.00
6233Repertoire Grade 3$110.00
6234Repertoire Grade 4$117.00
6235Repertoire Grade 5$124.00
6236Repertoire Grade 6$141.00
6237Repertoire Grade 7$167.00
6238Repertoire Grade 8$192.00

Old (2019) Accordion Stradella

Notice of withdrawal

The revised Accordion syllabus will be examined concurrently with the version of the Accordion Stradella syllabus that last appeared in the 2019 Manual of Syllabuses for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. From the start of 2022 the ‘old’ 2019 Accordion syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the ‘old’ syllabus last published in 2019 select the Accordion Stradella (2019) syllabus.

Old (2019) Accordion Stradella Subject Numbers and Fees 2020   
610Preliminary (2019)$86.00
611Grade 1 (2019)$93.00
612Grade 2 (2019)$99.00
613Grade 3 (2019)$110.00
614Grade 4 (2019)$117.00
615Grade 5 (2019)$124.00
616Grade 6 (2019)$141.00
617Grade 7 (2019)$167.00
618Grade 8 (2019)$192.00
619Associate in Music (2019)$339.00
620Licentiate in Music (2019)$437.00

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

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