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. Typically, compared with the Comprehensive exam, the Repertoire exam requires an additional work to be presented. There are no Technical Work, Aural Test, Sight-reading or General Knowledge requirements for a Repertoire exam.

In 2024, students have the option of recording their Repertoire exam performance and submitting a video for assessment at any time between 1 April and 28 November (enrolments close 19 September).

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.

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 recording a video exam performance, video exam enrolment and video submission.

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>

Performance Evaluation by video or face-to-face

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. In-person 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 April and 28 November. Enrollers select Series 60 – Video Exams and enter the candidate for a 10-minute, 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 face-to-face examinations, evaluations and consultations

Examinations, evaluations and teacher consultations for Percussion are offered in two Special Subject Sessions.

Diploma examinations are held at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn: Associate examinations are available in each of the two Special Subject Sessions; Licentiate examinations are offered in late-June and late-September. Click here for enrolment dates >

AMEB examinations and evaluations in Percussion are conducted by examiners who are specialists in their field.


Percussion Series 1 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 4)
Percussion Technical Work Level 1 (2013)
Percussion Technical Work Level 2 (2013)
Percussion Sight Reading (2013)
Percussion Series 1 Recorded Accompaniments (Preliminary – Grade 4)

Percussion Subject Numbers and Fees 2024
***Teacher Consultation$76.00
***Performance Evaluation 10min$45.00
***Performance Evaluation 20min$92.00
***Performance Evaluation 30min$137.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 10min$45.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$92.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$137.00
4130Comprehensive Preliminary$117.00
4131Comprehensive Grade 1 $130.00
4132Comprehensive Grade 2$147.00
4133Comprehensive Grade 3$161.00
4134Comprehensive Grade 4$173.00
4135Comprehensive Grade 5$188.00
4136Comprehensive Grade 6$199.00
4137Comprehensive Grade 7$218.00
4138Comprehensive Grade 8$237.00
6000Repertoire Preliminary$117.00
6001Repertoire Grade 1$130.00
6002Repertoire Grade 2$147.00
6003Repertoire Grade 3$161.00
6004Repertoire Grade 4$173.00
6005Repertoire Grade 5$188.00
6006Repertoire Grade 6$199.00
6007Repertoire Grade 7$218.00
6008Repertoire Grade 8$237.00
4139Certificate of Performance $253.00
4140Associate in Music$400.00
4141Licentiate in Music$515.00
*** Contact AMEB Victoria to obtain a subject number before enrolling.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.