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A repertoire-only examination will be available from 2019. The traditional exam familiar to most teachers and candidates will become known as the Comprehensive exam and candidates will be 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.

Associate and Licentiate practical examinations

New guidelines regarding General Knowledge and Repeats for Level 3 (Associate and Licentiate) diploma exams apply from 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 2019 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 (in-person and by video)

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 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 Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Classical Guitar are offered in five Metropolitan Practical Sessions and two Country Practical Sessions. Examinations for Harpare 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 2019 dates>

AMEB examinations and evaluations in Strings are conducted by examiners who are specialists in their field: Violin-Viola, Cello-Double Bass, Classical Guitar or Harp.

Violin

Resources

Violin Series 9 Grade Books (Preliminary – Seventh Grade)
Violin Series 9 CDs and Handbooks (Preliminary – Seventh Grade)
Violin Series 8 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 7)
Violin Series 8 CDs and Handbooks (Preliminary – Grade 7)
Violin Series 7 Recordings (Preliminary – Seventh Grade)
Violin Technical Work (2011)
Violin Sight-Reading (2011)
Violin Series 9 Recorded Accompaniments (Preliminary – Grade 3) (2015)

Violin Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
2001Teacher Consultation$65.00
11510Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
11520Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
11530Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
11545Performance Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
11550Performance Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
4030Comprehensive Preliminary$85.00
4031Comprehensive Grade 1$92.00
4032Comprehensive Grade 2$98.00
4033Comprehensive Grade 3$109.00
4034Comprehensive Grade 4$116.00
4035Comprehensive Grade 5$123.00
4036Comprehensive Grade 6$140.00
4037Comprehensive Grade 7$165.00
4038Comprehensive Grade 8$190.00
6020Repertoire Preliminary$85.00
6021Repertoire Grade 1$92.00
6022Repertoire Grade 2$98.00
6023Repertoire Grade 3$109.00
6024Repertoire Grade 4$116.00
6025Repertoire Grade 5$123.00
6026Repertoire Grade 6$140.00
6027Repertoire Grade 7$165.00
6028Repertoire Grade 8$190.00
4039Certificate of Performance$213.00
4040Associate in Music$336.00
4041Licentiate in Music$433.00

Viola

Resources

Viola Series 1 Grade Books (Preliminary – Sixth Grade)
Viola Technical Work Book (2007)

Viola Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
***Teacher Consultation$65.00
***Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
***Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
***Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
1860Comprehensive Preliminary$85.00
1861Comprehensive Grade 1$92.00
1862Comprehensive Grade 2$98.00
1863Comprehensive Grade 3$109.00
1864Comprehensive Grade 4$116.00
1865Comprehensive Grade 5$123.00
1866Comprehensive Grade 6$140.00
1867Comprehensive Grade 7$165.00
1868Comprehensive Grade 8$190.00
6030Repertoire Preliminary$85.00
6031Repertoire Grade 1$92.00
6032Repertoire Grade 2$98.00
6033Repertoire Grade 3$109.00
6034Repertoire Grade 4$116.00
6035Repertoire Grade 5$123.00
6036Repertoire Grade 6$140.00
6037Repertoire Grade 7$165.00
6038Repertoire Grade 8$190.00
1869Associate in Music$336.00
1870Licentiate in Music$433.00
*** Contact AMEB Victoria to obtain a subject number before enrolling.

Cello

Resources

Cello Series 2 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 6)
Cello Technical Work Book (2009)
Cello Series 2 Recorded Accompaniments (Preliminary – Grade 3)

Cello Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
2002Teacher Consultation$65.00
11610Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
11620Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
11630Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
11645Performance Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
11650Performance Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
1980Comprehensive Preliminary$85.00
1981Comprehensive Grade 1$92.00
1982Comprehensive Grade 2$98.00
1983Comprehensive Grade 3$109.00
1984Comprehensive Grade 4$116.00
1985Comprehensive Grade 5$123.00
1986Comprehensive Grade 6$140.00
1987Comprehensive Grade 7$165.00
1988Comprehensive Grade 8$190.00
6040Repertoire Preliminary$85.00
6041Repertoire Grade 1$92.00
6042Repertoire Grade 2$98.00
6043Repertoire Grade 3$109.00
6044Repertoire Grade 4$116.00
6045Repertoire Grade 5$123.00
6046Repertoire Grade 6$140.00
6047Repertoire Grade 7$165.00
6048Repertoire Grade 8$190.00
1989Certificate of Performance$213.00
1990Associate in Music$336.00
1991Licentiate in Music$433.00

Double Bass

Resources

Double Bass Series 1 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 4)
Double Bass Technical Work (2013)

Double Bass Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
***Teacher Consultation$65.00
***Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
***Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
***Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
4050Comprehensive Preliminary$85.00
4051Comprehensive Grade 1$92.00
4052Comprehensive Grade 2$98.00
4053Comprehensive Grade 3$109.00
4054Comprehensive Grade 4$116.00
4055Comprehensive Grade 5$123.00
4056Comprehensive Grade 6$140.00
4057Comprehensive Grade 7$165.00
4058Comprehensive Grade 8$190.00
6050Repertoire Preliminary$85.00
6051Repertoire Grade 1$92.00
6052Repertoire Grade 2$98.00
6053Repertoire Grade 3$109.00
6054Repertoire Grade 4$116.00
6055Repertoire Grade 5$123.00
6056Repertoire Grade 6$140.00
6057Repertoire Grade 7$165.00
6058Repertoire Grade 8$190.00
4059Certificate of Performance$213.00
4060Associate in Music$336.00
4061Licentiate in Music$433.00
*** Contact AMEB Victoria to obtain a subject number before enrolling.

Classical Guitar

Resources

Classical Guitar Series 2 Grade Books (Preliminary – Sixth Grade)
Guitar Series 1 Grade Books (Preliminary – Fourth Grade)
Classical Guitar Technical Work (2011)
Classical Guitar Sight-Reading (2011)

Classical Guitar Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
2007Teacher Consultation$65.00
11810Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
11820Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
11830Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
11845Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
11850Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
4070Comprehensive Preliminary$85.00
4071Comprehensive Grade 1$92.00
4072Comprehensive Grade 2$98.00
4073Comprehensive Grade 3$109.00
4074Comprehensive Grade 4$116.00
4075Comprehensive Grade 5$123.00
4076Comprehensive Grade 6$140.00
4077Comprehensive Grade 7$165.00
4078Comprehensive Grade 8$190.00
6060Repertoire Preliminary$85.00
6061Repertoire Grade 1$92.00
6062Repertoire Grade 2$98.00
6063Repertoire Grade 3$109.00
6064Repertoire Grade 4$116.00
6065Repertoire Grade 5$123.00
6066Repertoire Grade 6$140.00
6067Repertoire Grade 7$165.00
6068Repertoire Grade 8$190.00
4079Certificate of Performance$213.00
4080Associate in Music$336.00
4081Licentiate in Music$433.00

Harp

Harp Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
***Teacher Consultation$65.00
***Performance Evaluation 10min$40.00
***Performance Evaluation 20min$80.00
***Performance Evaluation 30min$120.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$80.00
***Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$120.00
231Comprehensive Grade 1$92.00
232Comprehensive Grade 2$98.00
233Comprehensive Grade 3$109.00
234Comprehensive Grade 4$116.00
235Comprehensive Grade 5$123.00
236Comprehensive Grade 6$140.00
237Comprehensive Grade 7$165.00
238Comprehensive Grade 8$190.00
6071Repertoire Grade 1$92.00
6072Repertoire Grade 2$98.00
6073Repertoire Grade 3$109.00
6074Repertoire Grade 4$116.00
6075Repertoire Grade 5$123.00
6076Repertoire Grade 6$140.00
6077Repertoire Grade 7$165.00
6078Repertoire Grade 8$190.00
239Associate in Music$336.00
249Licentiate in Music$433.00
*** Contact AMEB Victoria to obtain a subject number before enrolling.
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.
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