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Subject choices

Candidates can select from three music theory syllabuses: Theory of Music, Music Craft and Musicianship. Music Craft includes an aural component throughout the syllabus while Musicianship includes an aural component from Fourth Grade onwards. Theory of Music does not include an aural component.

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 >

Enrolling for examinations

Candidates have the option of taking the traditional, paper-based Theory exams for most Theory subjects and grades in the August Written session, or taking Theory exams online at a convenient time. For the convenience of Victorian teachers and students, all enrolments for online and on-paper Written examinations are made via AMEB Connect (Victoria). A teacher, parent or candidate aged 18 or over may enrol individuals or groups for Written exams.

Written and Aural Diploma exams on application

Musicianship and Theory of Music Diploma exams are available on application. Candidates will be responsible for arranging the venue and suitable supervision. However, it is possible to apply to sit Aural Diploma exams on 20 August or Written Diploma exams on 21 August at one of the centres listed below.

Online Written Exams

Once an exam is purchased, the candidate will be issued with an Exam Key and Exam PIN, unique codes which, together, give access to practice and official exams. Please note the Exam Key expires twelve months after purchase. (An extension of 30 days may be purchased via AMEB Connect.)

Re-scheduling requests

A candidate’s on-paper Written examination may be re-located from one centre to another, provided that the application is accompanied by a re-scheduling fee of $40.00 and it is received at least fourteen days prior to the date of examination.

Approval will be subject to the availability of seating at the requested centre. Similarly, a request to change a candidate’s grade will not be accepted unless it is received at least fourteen days prior to the examination, together with a re-scheduling fee of $40.00.

Theory of Music

Forthcoming changes

New Set Works will be introduced for Theory of Music Grade 5 and Grade 6 in 2020. For 2020, the Grade 6 Set Works will change and in Theory of Music Licentiate Diploma in Musicology there will be changes to both Group 1 and Group 2 of the Set Works. The list of new works to be introduced in 2020 are listed in the 2019 Theory Syllabus.

Theory of Music Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
OnlineOn-paper
300101Grade 1$73.00
300202Grade 2$77.00
300303Grade 3$80.00
300404Grade 4$84.00
300505Grade 5$90.00
300606Grade 6$94.00
4002Associate - Musicology**$150.00
4003Associate - Harmony & Counterpoint**$150.00
4004Associate - Orchestration & Arrangement**$150.00
1200Licentiate - Musicology**$184.00
1300Licentiate - Harmony & Counterpoint**$184.00
1400Licentiate - Orchestration & Arrangement**$184.00
** Theory of Music diploma examinations available on application.

Musicianship

Forthcoming changes

New Set Works will be introduced for Musicianship Grade 5 and Grade 6 in 2020. The new works are listed in the 2019 Musicianship Syllabus.

Musicianship Subject Numbers and Fees 2019   
OnlineOn-paper
302121Grade 1$73.00
302222Grade 2$77.00
302323Grade 3$80.00
302424Grade 4$91.00
302525Grade 5$96.00
302626Grade 6$99.00
5029Associate – Aural – new syllabus**$150.00
5030Associate – Written – new syllabus**$150.00
5031Licentiate – Aural – new syllabus**$184.00
5032Licentiate – Written – new syllabus**$184.00
** Musicianship diploma examinations available on application.

Music Craft

Examination options

Music Craft exams from Preliminary to Grade 4 are only available online. Music Craft Grades 5 and 6 are available in the traditional on-paper format during the August Written examination session.

Music Craft Subject Numbers and Fees 2019   
OnlineOn-paper
4540Preliminary$72.00
4541Grade 1$76.00
4542Grade 2$79.00
4543Grade 3$84.00
4544Grade 4$89.00
1545Grade 5$93.00
1546Grade 6$98.00

Written Exam Information

Online Written exams

Traditional on-paper Written exams

Traditional, on-paper exams are available in the August Written exam session, as follows:

Written Examination DateSubjectsClosing Date for Entry
20 August 2019Musicianship (Aural)7 June
Music Craft Gr 5 & 6 (Aural)
21 August 2019Theory of Music7 June
Musicianship (Written)
Music Craft Gr 5 & 6 (Written)
Speech & Performance Theory

Aural Exams – Tuesday 20 August 2019

 Musicianship (Aural)Music Craft (Aural)
Grade 49:30 am - 10:10 am(Online only)
Grade 510:45 am - 11:35 amTime to be advised (pm)
Grade 612:00 pm - 12:50 pmTime to be advised (pm)

Due to the nature of aural examinations, it is essential that candidates present for examination at the scheduled time. Candidates will not be permitted to enter the examination room once the exam has commenced, due to the disturbance this creates and the inconvenience to other candidates.

At the commencement of Aural examinations, candidates will be given a short listening time, in order to become familiar with the sounds used on the recording. Before the end of the examination, at the conclusion of the recording, candidates will be given ten minutes’ checking time during which writing is permitted.

Written Exams – Wednesday 21 August 2019

For written exams, an additional 10 minutes of reading time is allowed before the scheduled commencement time.

 Theory of Music
(Written)
Musicianship
(Written)
Music Craft
(Written)
Grade 19:30 am - 10:30 am9:30 am - 11:00 am(Online only)
Grade 22:00 pm - 3:30 pm2:00 pm - 3:30 pm(Online only)
Grade 32:00 pm - 4:00 pm2:00 pm - 3:30 pm(Online only)
Grade 49:30 am - 12:30 pm9:30 am - 10:30 am(Online only)
Grade 59:30 am - 12:30 pm9:30 am - 11:00 am9:30 am - 11:30 am
Grade 62:00 pm - 5:00 pm2:00 pm - 4:30 pm2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Written Exam Centres

Schools may request that Written examinations be conducted on school premises, on the basis that the school will be responsible for supervision of the examinations. Please contact us to discuss possible arrangements before enrolling candidates.

Unless an alternative venue has been approved, one of the following Examination Centres must be nominated at the time of enrolment.

Melbourne Metropolitan Written Exam Centres

002 Box Hill
030 Moonee Ponds

Victorian Country Written Exam Centres

421 Ballarat
455 Bendigo
572 Geelong

Other regional venues might be possible if the number of candidates is adequate and where the school will be responsible for supervision of the examinations.

Accessing online exams

For the convenience of Victorian teachers and students, enrolments for online Written examinations are made through AMEB Connect. Once an exam is purchased, the enrolling person will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment by email which will contain an Exam Key and Exam PIN for each online theory candidate. These details provide access to each candidate’s theory examination via the AMEB ONLINE website. Please note the Exam Key expires twelve months after purchase.

Click here to log in to AMEB ONLINE (using the Exam Key and Exam PIN provided at the time of enrolment).

Once on the AMEB ONLINE website:

  • Click login
  • Select account type as Exam Candidate
  • Enter Exam Key and Exam PIN
  • Select Login to my exam
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