Our offerings in 2024

Reflections on 2023

After the massive disruptions to music programs in recent years, it was pleasing to see significant increases in enrolments across all levels in 2023. Of special note, Preliminary grade enrolments grew by more than 20% – most likely due to the strong resurgence of foundation and introductory instrumental music programs over the past two years.

Examinations in Grade 7, Grade 8, Certificate of Performance, Associate and Licentiate diplomas were at record levels, reflecting the dedication and resilience of the students who persisted with their music studies during the pandemic.

Examinations in 2024

In 2024, we will offer face-to-face Practical examinations in the usual sessions: 5 Metropolitan, 2 Regional, 2 Special Subjects, 2 Rockschool and 2 Licentiate sessions. 2024 session dates and entry dates may be found here. AMEB Victoria desk calendars have been mailed to teachers and schools who enrolled candidates in 2023. If you are enrolling for the first time in 2024, please contact us if you would like a desk calendar mailed to you.

Teachers and candidates are encouraged to consider enrolling for examination in Term 2 or Term 3, when we are more easily able to accommodate hosting requests and when there are more opportunities to re‑schedule examinations if they are unable to proceed due to unforeseen problems, such as illness.

Practical examinations by pre-recorded video submission will continue to be available from April till November, with enrolments closing in September. Read more>

Written examinations in most subjects will be available online throughout the entire year. Theory of Music grade examinations will also be offered in a paper-based format, on application. Read more>

Additionally, on a trial basis, we will offer paper-based examinations in Theory of Music Grade 5, Grade 6, Associate and Licentiate at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn on 11 September. Read more>

New syllabuses and publications for 2024

String teaching programs will be supported by a new Viola syllabus and associated teaching resources:

• Viola Series 2 repertoire books (Preliminary to Grade 4) (2023)
• Viola Technical work (2023)
• Viola Sight-reading (2023). Read more >

Additional repertoire for candidates presenting for examination in Flute Grade 5 or 6 is provided in two additions to the Series 4 suite of publications:

• Flute Series 4 repertoire books (Grades 5 and 6) (2023). Read more >

A completely new syllabus for the Certificate Teacher of Music, Australia and Associate Teacher of Music, Australia has been developed, together with a range of support materials to be released this year.

Examination requirements

Requirements for examinations to be undertaken in 2024 are published in the 2024 Manual of Syllabuses – Music Syllabuses, which 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. Syllabuses and other AMEB and Rockschool teaching and learning resources may be purchased on AMEB Connect at discounted prices for AMEB Victoria clients.

The administration team

We are pleased to welcome Andrew Snell to the position of Deputy General Manager. An additional Examinations Administrator will be appointed to replace Lisa Clarey, who retired in December 2023, having served the Victorian AMEB music community diligently for almost three decades.

We look forward to supporting you and your students as they endeavour to achieve their musical aspirations in 2024. Best wishes for a fulfilling year of music-making from Andrew, Grace, Heidi, Jeremy, Matthew, Sarah, and me.

Alwyn Mott, BMus, DipEd(Melb), GradDipBusAdmin(Monash), AMusA
General Manager
AMEB Victoria

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