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Practical examinations by video available till 30 November

All Music Practical Repertoire and Certificate of Performance subjects available for examination by video submission.

New Repertoire exams available in For Leisure, CPM and P Plate Piano subjects by video submission.

All Speech and Drama practical subjects to certificate level available by online video examination

Note: 30 November is the final date for video submission (to enable reports and results to be available by the end of the year).

The requirements of a video Repertoire exam are the same as the requirements for a face-to-face Repertoire exam. Please refer to the 2020 Manual of Syllabuses for details of examination requirements, including maximum performance times.

‘For Leisure’ teachers and candidates should refer to the examination requirements for Piano for Leisure, Singing for Leisure and Saxophone for Leisure available on the AMEB Victoria website. Read more.

(Repertoire exam requirements for all other instruments are contained in the 2020 Manual of Syllabuses which is available for purchase from AMEB Connect.)

Level 1 (Preliminary – Grade 4)

For Level 1 Repertoire exams (Preliminary to Grade 4), candidates must prepare four works: 3 List works + 1 Own Choice work of similar standard.(Own Choice works may be selected from the published Lists.)

For Level 1 ‘For Leisure’ Repertoire exams (Preliminary to Grade 4), candidates must prepare four works: 2 List works + 2 Own Choice works of similar standard. Click here to read about ‘For Leisure’ Repertoire exams.

Level 2 (Grades 5 – 8)

For Level 2 Repertoire exams (Grades 5 to 8), candidates must prepare five works: 3 List works + 2 Own Choice works of similar standard. (Own Choice works may be selected from the published Lists.)

For Level 2 ‘For Leisure’ Repertoire exams (Grades 5 to 8), candidates must prepare four works: 2 List works + 2 Own Choice works of similar standard. Click here to read about ‘For Leisure’ Repertoire exams.

Exam preparation and enrolment

1. The teacher selects a program of work and sets an ‘examination date’. The ‘examination date’ will be the target date for the recording. This will provide a clear goal for the student to work towards. Of course, the recording date can be deferred, by the teacher, according to circumstances at the time.

2. Prior to the recording date, the teacher, the parent or the candidate if over 18 years, enrols for the examination on AMEB Connect. Enter candidate enrolment details; select Series 60 Video Repertoire Exam; select the syllabus from the list (only available Repertoire subjects will appear); select the Grade; and confirm the enrolment.

To enrol for a Video Repertoire examination on AMEB Connect: 1) select Series 60 Video Examinations; 2) Select the Syllabus and Grade.

Each Video Repertoire exam subject code is prefixed by the letter ‘V’ to indicate an examination via video submission.

3. The enroller will receive a confirmation of enrolment with details of the process for submitting the recording (click here for the guide to recording a Repertoire Exam performance).

4. Complete the recording on any preferred date following the instructions provided. Note that the examination performance must be recorded in one ‘take’: one continuous recording with no editing. A declaration will need to be provided, stating that the performer is the person named on the enrolment and that the examination performance was recorded without any assistance, other than from an accompanist, as required.

5. When the recording is ready for submission, upload the recording to YouTube as an unlisted video and note the link (URL) to be pasted into the submission form. This form will be available on the AMEB Victoria website. The enroller will provide details of the examination performance, including the works performed, the supervisor’s declaration, and the link to the video recording on YouTube.

6. When completed, click on ‘submit’ to forward the form to AMEB Victoria. The video Repertoire Exam performance will be assessed by a AMEB Specialist Examiner. (The exam will show as awaiting scheduling on AMEB Connect until the video is uploaded and scheduled to an examiner for marking. An email will be sent to the enrolling person when the assessment is complete.)

7. Once the assessment has been made, the report and result will be available on AMEB Connect. The turnaround time will vary from two to four weeks, depending on the volume of examinations. Certificates will be mailed to successful candidates of lower-grade examinations and to successful candidates from Grade 6 and above who have notified us following completion of the Additional Requirement in theory.

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 the Commonwealth and State Government’s current health directives about gatherings, physical distancing, home confinement and visitors to a household, 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.

In 2020, because of the physical distancing restrictions, pre-recorded accompaniments may be used for Video Repertoire examinations up to Grade 8, where required, subject to certain restrictions.

The use of a recorded accompaniment in an examination is strictly regulated under Australian Copyright Law as licenced by APRA/AMCOS.

(1) 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 with an official AMEB recorded accompaniment on CD candidates must use the tempo provided on the CD. 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.

(2) Where a commercially recorded accompaniment is not available, a teacher or candidate may engage the services of a professional accompanist to record the accompaniment part, for the sole purpose of rehearsal and examination.

Recordings of both public domain and licensed works must adhere to the following conditions:

  • the accompaniment recording must be audio only;
  • the recording must not be used in a public performance;
  • the recording must remain ‘unlisted’ or ‘private’ on YouTube;
  • the recording must not be posted to the internet;
  • the recording must not be sold commercially.

Candidates preparing for Level 2 examinations are encouraged to allow their accompanist to hear their performance, prior to recording the accompaniment, so necessary nuances of interpretation can be incorporated into the accompaniment.

If a candidate intends to use a non-AMEB Recorded Accompaniment, the accompanist could be asked to include a couple of tuning notes at the beginning of each piece. If a piece begins with an anacrusis initiated by the candidate or there is no piano introduction, the accompanist should provide a sufficient recorded ‘count­-in’.

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:

Recording and submitting a Video Repertoire Performance

Click here to read more about recording and submitting a video for examination.

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