Video Performance Evaluations for VCE Music students – complimentary to VCE Unit 4 candidates in 2020
> About AMEB Performance Evaluation
> How to submit a Video Performance Evaluation (VCE Unit 4 students)
> Program of work and performance time
> Guide to recording a performance for Video Evaluation
> Guide to uploading to YouTube
> Submission form
AMEB Victoria’s Performance Evaluation Program offers VCE students a performance opportunity and general feedback
Until 30 September 2020, complimentary Performance Evaluations by video are offered to students of VCE Music Performance Unit 4, VCE Music Investigation Unit 4 and VET Music Industry Unit 4.
Students may record some or all of their VCE program, submit the video recording to AMEB Victoria, and receive constructive feedback in the form of a written report from a specialist examiner in ‘classical’ or ‘contemporary’ performance practice. Feedback will refer to the artistic attributes of the performance but will not refer to specific VCE assessment criteria.
About AMEB Performance Evaluation
An AMEB Performance Evaluation offers each student:
- a performance goal
- an individually-selected program of work for evaluation
- constructive feedback from an expert on the chosen instrument
- recognition via a Certificate of Participation
Videos may be submitted to AMEB Victoria for evaluation between 1 July and 30 September 2020 using the Complimentary Performance Evaluation video submission form below. (It is not necessary to enrol on AMEB Connect.)
Students studying VCE Units 1, 2 or 3 may enrol for a ‘regular’ 20- or 30-minute Performance Evaluation, either by video or face-to-face in the respective AMEB exam session (fees will be payable).
It is recommended that students and teachers first record the VCE performance, then upload the performance to YouTube and finally submit the video recording to AMEB. After AMEB acknowledges receipt of the video it will be reviewed by a specialist examiner and the enrolling person will receive a written report within 14 days.
How to submit a Video Performance Evaluation
Record the performance in one take with a good-quality recording device (see Guide to recording a performance for video Evaluation, below).
Upload the performance video to YouTube (see Guide to uploading to YouTube, below).
Complete the Submission Form (below) to submit the video recording to AMEB Victoria. Please note that the form must be completed by the enrolling person who must be over 18 years of age.
The video will be reviewed by a specialist examiner and a written report will be emailed to the enrolling person within 14 days.
Program of work and performance time
The program of work may include all or part of a VCE Unit 4 Music Performance, Music Investigation or VET Music Industry program. The duration of the performance should be no more than 25 minutes.
Solo and group performances may be submitted. If there is more than one candidate in a group to receive written feedback, the Submission Form must be completed for each candidate.
If possible, at the beginning of the recording, the candidate should introduce him/herself and the title of the first item e.g.: “My name is John Smith. My first piece is XXXXX.” Each subsequent work should also be announced, e.g.: “I will now play XXXX.”
Guide to recording a performance for video evaluation
Camera and microphone
A high-quality recording device should be used; a recent-model smart phone or tablet might be suitable (test both audio and vision). Video resolution of 720p is recommended (minimum 480p). The camera must be positioned to capture the performer’s face, both hands and the instrument. It is important that the sound is appropriately balanced between the solo part and the live or recorded accompaniment (if any). Choose a quiet location with good lighting and minimal ambient noise.
Guide to uploading to YouTube
Performance Evaluations are submitted privately to AMEB Victoria via YouTube. The enrolling person or candidate must create a Google account, then a YouTube channel, to which the video will be uploaded. The video privacy setting should be set to unlisted so that the video can be shared with AMEB but will not appear in YouTube search results.
The following guide applies to uploading on a PC or Mac through a standard web browser. Experienced users may be able to directly upload videos from a mobile device.
Creating a Google account
1. Go to https://www.youtube.com/
2. At the top right, click sign in
3. If you have a Google account, enter your details; if you are a new user click Create Account.
Create a personal YouTube channel
4. Select the camera icon at the top right of the window Create a video or post > Upload video
5. Insert your name and select Create channel.
Your video may be uploaded at the time of your choosing and then submitted to AMEB.
6. Log in to your YouTube account and select the camera icon at the top right of the window Create a video or post > Upload video.
7. When a square window appears, ensure the privacy setting drop-down menu is set to unlisted before you upload your video. (Do not select the public video privacy setting as this might create a breach of Australian copyright law.)
8. Click Select files to upload or simply ‘drag and drop’ the video file to the window.
Submit the performance to AMEB
9. Click the account menu at the top right of the screen and select > My channel. A list of your videos will be displayed.
10. Select the video to be submitted for evaluation, then click Share, which is displayed under the video on the right.
11. After the share window pops up click copy, next to the URL, to copy the link to the clipboard.
12. Paste the link to the form on this page, complete the other details, and click SUBMIT.
Will the feedback be provided by a VCE examiner?
No. A written report will be provided by an examiner who is a specialist in the instrument (or voice) and either ‘classical’ or ‘contemporary’ performance practice. The comments will refer to the artistic attributes of the performance but will not refer to specific VCE assessment criteria.
Can I submit a video for evaluation if I am studying Units 1, 2 or 3?
Yes. You can enrol for a ‘regular’ Performance Evaluation of 20- or 30-minutes. However, complimentary Video Performance Evaluations are available only to Music Performance Unit 4 students.
What do I receive after submitting my video?
You will receive a written report from a specialist examiner and a Certificate of Participation. The report will be emailed to the enrolling person and the Certificate will be sent to the enrolling person’s postal address.
Why should I submit my VCE performance to AMEB?
Setting a date to record your program provides a goal to work towards and a performance opportunity ‘under exam pressure’ before your official VCE exam. And you will receive feedback identifying some areas in which you could improve your performance.