Accompaniment for video instrumental and vocal examinations

Where a work requires accompaniment, it must be presented with the published accompaniment, otherwise the musical performance will lack coherence and stylistic integrity. It is important that a suitably skilled associate artist is employed, and a suitable accompanying instrument is used, particularly at higher grades.

Providing the candidate complies with public health orders, a live accompaniment is permitted. The accompanist may be part of the same household as the candidate. The supervisor of the examination may also be the accompanist.

Where an official AMEB accompaniment is available, only the official AMEB recording may be used in the examination.

Using official AMEB recorded accompaniments in examinations

When performing in examination using an app that slows down or speeds up tempo without affecting pitch, the candidate may choose a tempo commensurate with their ability and interpretative judgement in demonstrating the technical, musical and artistic objectives for the level.

Engaging an accompanist and negotiating a professional fee is a matter for the candidate and the accompanist, as the examining body AMEB is not able to provide advice on these matters. Lists of accompanists may be found on the following websites:

Click here for a list of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music list of approved accompanists.

The VMTA has a list of accompanists on their website:

Click here to about video exam preparation, recording and submission.