Music syllabus updates 2019

The following information can also be found in the 2019 Music Manual of Syllabuses​.

All syllabuses

Following the Recital examination trial (2017-2018), AMEB has launched Repertoire examinations for all syllabuses excluding 'For Leisure', Band, Ensemble Performance and Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) syllabuses.

From 2019, the traditional exam that will be familiar to most teachers and candidates will be known as the Comprehensive exam, and candidates will be able to enrol in either the Comprehensive or the Repertoire exam for their chosen syllabus.

The primary difference between the Comprehensive and Repertoire examinations is that in Repertoire exams, only pieces are heard: 4 pieces (Level 1: P to G4) and 5 pieces (Level 2: G5 to G8).

While technical work is still important and relevant for preparing for any exam, Repertoire exams allow candidates to:

  • focus on their technique through repertoire

and

  • have the flexibility to choose a range of repertoire styles, including 1 own choice work (Level 1) and 2 own choice works (Level 2).

Repertoire exams will not be accredited with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) for points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Visit AMEB for more information.

Piano

The new Piano syllabus is now available for examination.

Users of the new syllabus will be able to source their repertoire from any of Piano Series 18, Piano Series 17, AMEB Piano Australian Anthology or the works in the manual list.

Piano Series 15, Piano Series 16 and Piano Studies and Baroque works (First to Fourth Grade) (2001) may not be used with the new syllabus except as sources of extra list works.

Piano Technical Work (2008) may not be used with the new syllabus.

Piano Sight Reading (2004), while not tailored to the parameters of the new syllabus, may be used as an extra resource for practice purposes.

The new Piano syllabus will be examined concurrently with the 2018 syllabus for a period of 2 years.

Visit AMEB – Piano​ for more information about the new Piano syllabus.

Accordion

A revised version of the Accordion syllabus​ is available via digital download for examination from this year.

This revised syllabus sees a thorough refreshment of the manual lists.

The revised Accordion syllabus will be examined concurrently with the version of the Accordion syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 digital download for 2 years. From the start of 2021, the previous Accordion syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Oboe

A new Oboe syllabus was introduced in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses.

In 2019, candidates will still have the option of enrolling in 'old syllabus' or 'new syllabus'.

From 2020, the old syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium

Revised versions of the Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium syllabuses commenced in the 2017 Manual of Syllabuses. Over the course of the 2-year transition, the syllabuses were referred to as 'old syllabus' and 'new syllabus'.

From the start of this year, the old syllabus will no longer be available for examination, so you must use the syllabus that first appeared in the 2017 Manual of Syllabuses.

Tuba

A revised Tuba syllabus commenced in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses.

In 2019, candidates will still have the option of enrolling in 'old syllabus' or 'new syllabus'.

From 2020, the old syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Musical Theatre

Over 40 recent works have been added to the Musical Theatre manual lists (across Grades 2 to Associate) for 2019 in order to keep pace with the latest repertoire in this syllabus area.

Contemporary Popular Music

From 1 January 2021 the following Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) syllabuses will no longer be available for examination:

  • Bass

  • Guitar

  • Vocal

  • Revised Keyboard

  • Drum kit.

These syllabuses will not be directly replaced, so 2020 is the final year that candidates may sit for an AMEB practical examination in CPM.

AMEB has partnered with Rockschool to offer AMEB Rockschool exams and encourages candidates who wish to be examined in popular music styles to enrol in Rockschool exams. Details about the range of instrument and voice exams are available at AMEB – Rockschool​.

Rockschool

Electric Guitar, Bass and Drums

The new Electric Guitar, Bass and Drum grade books were released in September 2018. The new books (for use from 2018 to 2024) include the songs from the previous books (2012-2018) plus 6 new songs, therefore the 2012-2018 books will also be valid until 2024. There are no changes to the technical work or exam structure for these syllabuses.

Piano

The Piano syllabus is currently under review and a new syllabus will be released in the next 12-18 months.

Vocals

The current Vocals syllabus is being extended until further notice.

Last updated
21 March 2019