Planning for Term 4

We empathise with teachers and students whose learning programs continue to be disrupted by the respiratory illnesses sweeping through the community.

At the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn, we are applying all reasonable measures to keep visitors and staff safe from infection – including density limits, sanitisation and hygiene measures, maximised air flow and the use of air purifiers in each room. Wearing face-masks is strongly recommended, except by candidates when performing.

The current circumstances are presenting challenges for service delivery, as personal and family illness impacts on examiner availability; and examining timetables are disrupted by numerous withdrawals each day. We thank candidates, parents and teachers for their understanding and their co-operation with making alternative arrangements, where necessary.

Examinations in Term 4
Typically, around 14,000 candidates present for an AMEB or Rockschool Practical examination in Victoria in Term 4. As you might appreciate, a candidature of this size utilises all available examiners and examination studios. Once examination timetables are locked in, it is almost impossible to make changes. For this reason, it is essential that dates to avoid are advised to us at the time of enrolment.

Please note that it is unlikely that we will be able to offer later dates to candidates who are unable to present for examination on the allocated day and time. When the absence is caused by a medical condition, the usual 50% refund of the entry fee will apply. Absentees will need to be treated as withdrawals, as deferral of examinations to a later time in 2022 will not be possible.

As the environment is likely to be unstable for some time to come, candidates for examination in the fourth term of 2022 are encouraged to prepare for a Repertoire exam and enrol for examination by pre-recorded video submission.

Repertoire examinations
Compared with the Comprehensive examination, the Repertoire examination typically requires the presentation of an additional work – which might involve bringing up to performance standard an Extra List piece. The important technical, aural, sight reading and general knowledge competencies that are directly tested in the Comprehensive exam can be developed in conjunction with the study of each piece. Taking this approach from the earliest stage of learning will promote better understanding of the compositional elements; quicker learning of the notes and structure; and enable a more effective and confident performance.

The Repertoire exam requirements for each subject may be found in the current syllabus for the instrument; Video exam requirements may be found on the AMEB Victoria website.

Celebrating the high achievers of 2021
On Sunday 5 June, we presented 134 Associate and Licentiate diploma awards to the high achievers of 2021. We salute the diplomates and their teachers for their perseverance during the challenging times of the past two years. A printed newsletter featuring our Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony is in preparation and will be published shortly.

Final closing dates are fast approaching
May I remind you of the closing dates for entries in the final practical examination sessions of 2022:

2nd Licentiate – 24 June
5th Metropolitan – 22 July
2nd Regional – 12 August
2nd Special Subjects – 26 August
2nd Rockschool Session – 26 August
Video examination enrolments close 16 September

On the behalf of the team at AMEB Victoria, I wish you all the best with your teaching activities during the second half of 2022.

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

10 June 2022

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