Looking forward to 2022

As 2021 draws to a close, we are increasingly optimistic that 2022 will bring new opportunities for social interaction and participation in artistic activities. Of all the performing arts, music, in particular, has been a comfort and a distraction from the concerns and disruptions of the past two years, and everyone seems keen to re-engage with collaborative music-making at the earliest opportunity.

The resilience and adaptability of the Victorian music community throughout the pandemic has been remarkable – evidenced by the thousands of face-to-face examinations we have conducted between lockdowns and the 18,000 video examinations we will have conducted by the end of this year.

We salute the achievements of 121 high achievers who gained a diploma in 2020 and who received their certificates in COVID-safe presentations at the AMEB Hawthorn studios in July. A special page on the AMEB Victoria website includes photographs of the prize-winners and the recipients of multiple awards, and there is a full list of diplomates’ names to view and download. <read more>

It is anticipated that 2022 will be a more ‘normal’ year and we are planning to offer face-to-face Practical examinations in the usual sessions – 5 Metropolitan, 2 Regional, 2 Special Subjects, 2 Rockschool and 2 Licentiate sessions – plus a Special Diploma Session in March for candidates whose exams could not proceed in 2021. Session dates and entry dates for 2022 may be found on the AMEB Victoria website. <read more> Desk calendars will be printed and distributed in coming weeks.

Examinations by pre-recorded video submission will continue to be available in 2022, covering all Music Repertoire grades and selected Rockschool subjects. Written exams in most subjects will be available online (including all grades of Speech and Performance Theory); and Theory of Music grades and Written diplomas will be offered as paper-based examinations on application.

New syllabuses and publications for 2022 include:

  • New Violin syllabus and Series 10 publications (available mid-December) <read more>
  • New Horn syllabus and Series 2 publications (available late-January) <read more>
  • New Trombone and Euphonium Series 2 publications (available late-January) <read more>
  • New technical work for Piano for Leisure <read more>

As usual, the new syllabuses will co-exist alongside the current (2021) syllabuses for a period of two years. (Note that the old (2018) Piano syllabus will no longer be available for examination in 2022.)

The 2022 Manual of Syllabuses is expected to be in stock from 29 November and, together with the other new publications may now be ordered on AMEB Connect, for delivery as soon as possible. All AMEB and Rockschool teaching and learning resources may be purchased on AMEB Connect at discounted prices for AMEB Victoria clients.

We trust you will have an enjoyable, safe summer break and we look forward to supporting you and your students as they endeavour to achieve their musical aspirations in 2022.

With best wishes from the team at AMEB Victoria,

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

11 November 2021

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