Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)

Western Australia State Office

Australia's leading provider of exams for music, speech and drama

The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) is the most prestigious and well-recognised examination system in Australia. With a tradition of excellence stretching back over a century, it provides graded assessments for music, speech and drama students in both practical and theoretical examinations.  

The overall direction of AMEB activities is the responsibility of a Federal Board consisting of representatives of educational institutions that are signatories to the AMEB constitution.

AMEB (WA) is affiliated to The University of Western Australia through its Conservatorium of Music and receives financial support from the Western Australian Government through the Department of Education.

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What we offer

Award Program

Did you know that the AMEB in Western Australia has an Award Program in which Music, and Speech and Drama candidates were able to combine AMEB examinations with performances, and service activities within their schools and/or communities to achieve either a Bronze, Silver or Gold AMEB Award?

 

What is the AMEB Award Program?

In 2017 and 2018, the AMEB in WA trialled an award program in which Music, and Speech and Drama candidates were able to combine AMEB examinations with performances, and service activities within their schools and/or communities to achieve either a Bronze, Silver or Gold AMEB Award.

 

During 2019, the AMEB Award Program was officially implemented in WA and has received a positive response from various schools and private teachers. It is an exciting and innovative program and we are encouraging more students to take part in it during 2020.

 

WHO should enter for the award?

Students who are committed to the arts, and would like to combine their AMEB Music, or Speech and Drama examinations with performances and service activities within their schools and/or communities.

 

There are two types of activities which are required for the AMEB Award program:

1) Performances – either at the student’s school or within their local community, and

2) Broadening activities – which can include further performances, back stage assistance, mentoring, coaching of younger students and other similar service-type activities within the school or community setting.

 

WHAT do students receive for participating in the AMEB Award program?

Students who complete the program within the allocated period receive a lapel pin, and a certificate. Students can enrol for either a gold, silver or bronze award. The level of award which students can enrol for depends on the examination grade which a student has completed. Please contact Valerie.Lang@uwa.edu.au for further information about the requirements for each award level.

 

Students can also list their AMEB Award on their resumes.

 

WHY enter for the AMEB Award?

Students who enter for an AMEB Award receive recognition for the many significant performance and service contributions which they make to the school and local community. Currently, the award is available in Western Australia only, but it is anticipated that some of the other states will participate in the AMEB Awards in the future.

 

WHEN can you enter for the award?

Students can enrol in the program from March until the last week of Term Two during 2020.

 

Further information

Fee: Early bird fee - $50.00 before July 31, 2021.

Please contact Valerie.Lang@uwa.edu.au for further information about this exciting initiative from the AMEB in Western Australia.

 

AMEB Award Program 2020 (PDF 137KB) 

Induction Tests

Induction Tests offered by the AMEB (WA) are intended as introductory examination experiences for young students. They are especially designed for beginning students as a means of helping them adjust to external examinations.

Candidates may choose either Induction Test 1 or Test 2 to suit their level of preparation or they can do them both in sequence over a time-frame that suits their rate of learning.

A written report will be provided. It will identify strengths and weaknesses in technical work, pieces, aural tests and general knowledge, and include a general comment about progress. There is no pass or fail. A certificate will be issued to the candidate.

Live Accompaniment

With the exception of extra list pieces, accompaniment is essential where the pieces presented are provided with piano accompaniments. Further information can be found in Regulation 24 in the current Manual of Syllabuses.

Disclaimer: A list of accompanists is provided by the AMEB (WA) as a convenience. It has been compiled according to the wishes of the accompanists listed and does not imply an accreditation by the AMEB of the persons listed over anyone not listed.

View the list of accompanists - February 2021 (PDF 440KB)

Online Theory Courses

AMEB's Online Theory courses allow students to learn music theory at their own pace independently or supporting what is taught in the classroom or private music studio.

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P Plate Piano

This is a series of three bright, colourful books designed to take a beginner pianist from the first tutor through to AMEB Preliminary level piano. With almost 20 pieces in each book, P Plate Piano introduces students to a range of performance styles and technical challenges, carefully graded for musical development.

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Performance Evaluations
This service is available to anyone, including candidates with special needs. The Performance Evaluation Program (PEP) enables a candidate to have their prepared work evaluated by an examiner and to receive a constructive written report. It provides a benchmark against which to measure progress and an opportunity to perform for a receptive listener. It is suitable for all standards as there is a free choice of repertoire. In the music PEP, there is no technical work, sight reading or aural tests. A written report is provided, but no grade or mark.
Practical Examinations

AMEB (WA) offers practical examinations for individuals in a range of disciplines for both music, including Rockschool, and speech. Group exams are available in Ensemble Performance, and Speech and Communication.

In general, music practical examinations comprise the presentation of work in the following areas: technical work; studies and pieces; aural tests; sight reading and general knowledge.

Speech practical examinations comprise the presentation of work from the following areas: poetry, prose, drama, public speaking, sight reading and discussion related to the prepared items. Depending on the syllabus, candidates may present as a solo performer or as a group.

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New Piano syllabus

The first comprehensive review of the AMEB Piano syllabus since 2008, featuring fully revised Manual Lists and Technical work, and a new suite of publications including Series 18 grade books, handbooks and recordings, separate Technical work books for Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) and Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8), and a Sight-reading book (Preliminary to Grade 8).

To help you to prepare and enrol your candidate/s correctly, please view the charts below.  Please contact the WA State Office if you require further assistance.

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Repertoire exams

After a two-year trial, AMEB is rolling out a brand-new style of examination, to be offered alongside the traditional comprehensive AMEB examinations which will be familiar to most students and teachers. It will be known as the Repertoire examination and will be available from 2019 for Preliminary through to Grade 8. 

Given the on-going uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, all current Repertoire examinations (including the for Leisure syllabuses) will remain available as EITHER face-to-face OR recorded repertoire (video) examinations to the end of 2021.

To help you to prepare and enrol your candidate/s correctly, please view the chart below.  Please contact the WA State Office if you require further assistance.

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Changes to speech and performance

In 2018, an evaluation of the Speech syllabuses was undertaken and as a result a number of changes were made to enhance the syllabus.

To help you to prepare and enrol your candidate/s correctly, please view the chart below.  Please contact the WA State Office if you require further assistance.

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Recorded Accompaniments

The AMEB has released recorded accompaniments for use in study and examinations in the early grades. They feature performances of the accompaniment part for pieces in the corresponding AMEB grade books. Recorded accompaniments can be purchased as a hardcopy CD from the AMEB Online Shop.

View the recorded accompaniments policy

Speech and Drama

AMEB offers graded practical and written examinations in Speech and Drama. AMEB is the most widely used assessment system for Speech and Drama in Australia. Highly trained examiners, specialists in their field, assess students from Preliminary to Diploma levels in Speech and Performance Theory, Drama and Performance, Drama and Communication and Voice and Communication.

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Teaching Music

AMEB offers graded examinations in teaching music including one certificate exam, Certificate Teacher of Music Australia (CTMusA), and two diploma exams, Associate Teacher of Music Australia (ATMusA) and Licentiate Teacher of Music Australia (LTMusA). These exams cover current pedagogy practice and combine practical and written sections to allow teachers to extend their knowledge and professional expertise.

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Written and Online Examinations

AMEB offers graded examinations in three subject areas: Theory of Music, Music Craft and Musicianship. These subjects cover the theoretical aspects of music, complementing and enriching students' practical studies.

Online music exams can be taken at any time of the year. Written theory examinations will no longer be available for music grade examinations.  All examinations must now be taken online, with the exception of diploma level examinations.

Speech and Performance Theory examinations provide candidates with the opportunity to show their understanding of the functional framework of speech and performance. Grade 1 and Grade 7 examinations are currently available online, and Grades 2-6 will be released later in 2021.  At this time, software will need to be downloaded and installed on to the candidate’s computer in order to access these exams.

There will be ONE paper-based examination session for Speech and Performance Theory, Grades 2-6, on 19 August 2021.

Awards

The following prizes may be awarded at the Awards Ceremony held in March, in respect of examinations undertaken during the previous year.  Not all prizes are awarded every year.

  • Owen Fisenden Award, Certificate and $200 - Best performance by a 5th/6th Grade flautist
  • The AMEB (WA) Prize, Certificate and $200 - Best 7th Grade Performance (in the order of) Brass instruments, Woodwind instruments, excluding flute, Classical Guitar
  • The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) WA Award, Certificate and $200 - Best performance by a 7th/8th Grade strings candidate
  • The AMEB (WA) Prize, Certificate and $200 - Best performance by a Certificate of Performance candidate (preference will be given to less common instruments)
  • AUSTA Strings Award, Certificate and $500 - Best LMusA or AMusA Diploma candidate in orchestral strings (in the order of double bass, viola, violoncello and violin)
  • A J Leckie Award in association with the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association (WAMTA), Certificate and $300 - Best Associate Diploma (AMusA) candidate
  • The J B Vincent Memorial Award, Certificate and $600 - Best Licentiate Diploma (LMusA) candidate
  • The Anita Le Tessier Award, Certificate and $200 - Best Speech and Performance Certificate candidate
  • The Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association of WA (SDTAWA) Award, Certificate and $300 - Best Speech and Performance Diploma candidate

Exams

Timetable & Fees

AMEB (WA) examines from the beginning of April through to the end of November each year in the Perth metropolitan area. Whereas Pianoforte and Piano for Leisure are examined every week, instruments, speech, voice, diploma and Rockschool examinations are assigned to specific weeks within the timetable.

Examinations are normally offered in Albany, Esperance, Bunbury, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton, subject to sufficient enrolments, during specific weeks as indicated.

Download the 2021 examination timetable.

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Enrolments

Enrol Online Now

Please enrol online for all exams through AMEB Score – WA.

 

Late Enrolments

For late enrolment queries, please contact the WA State Office for assistance. A late fee of $50 applies.

 

Subject Code Booklet

Please refer to the examination timetable above and subject code booklet for more exam related information. 

Other Fees

Induction Tests
Level 1 $45 
Level 2 $50
Performance Evaluation
Level 1 $55 
Level 2/3 $90
Contemporary Popular Music
Keyboard Preliminary $100.00 
Keyboard Grade 1 $105.00 
Keyboard Grade 2 $115.00 
Keyboard Grade 3 $120.00 
Keyboard Grade 4 $125.00 
Keyboard Grade 5 $135.00 
Keyboard Grade 6 $145.00 
Keyboard Grade 7 $160.00 
Keyboard Grade 8 $180.00 
Keyboard Certificate of Performance $200.00 
 
Advancing

Guitar, Bass, Vocal, Drum Kit Steps 1 - 4 $130.00

 
Certificate Teacher of Music Australia
Theory Examination
CTMUSA Section 1 $ 140

Practical Examinations 
CTMUSA Section 11 $ 140
CTMUSA Section 111a $ 210
CTMUSA Section 111b $ 210
 
Associate Teacher of Music Australia
Theory Examination 
ATMUSA Section 1 $ 140

Practical Examinations 
ATMUSA Section 11 $ 150
ATMUSA Section 111a $ 240 
ATMUSA Section 111b $ 240
 

Policies

When you enrol a candidate for examination, either online or in hard copy, you will be asked to sign a declaration.  The enroller needs to ensure that they understand both federal and state policies relating to the conduct of examinations, especially cancellations, withdrawals and transfers. 
Cancellations, transfers and late fees
No refunds are given in the case of cancellations or withdrawals. Once an enrolment has been made, a transfer may only occur subject to space availability and payment of the transfer fee. Transfers from one examination year to the next are not possible.

Candidates who are unable to present themselves for their exams must notify the AMEB(WA) office forthwith, and at least 48 hours before the exam, in order to be eligible for transfer concessions. A transfer fee of $55 will apply to all grade and diploma transfers.

Where a cancellation is undertaken on medical grounds, a credit note for half the grade fee or a transfer fee may be applied if a current medical certificate (maximum two weeks old) is supplied to the AMEB office within five working days of the scheduled exam date. The candidate will have 12 months in which to use the credit note.

A late fee ($50  single candidate; $115  three to five candidates) is incurred if an enrolment is submitted after the closing date. Refer to the AMEB (WA) Schedule and Fees for details of all conditions and service charges.
Nondisclosure of personal details
Personal details supplied by teachers, candidates, examiners or other employees are not provided to individuals or organisations outside the AMEB without the express permission of those concerned. The AMEB does not supply ‘teacher lists’ to those who request them.
Issues and concerns
AMEB (WA) has established procedures for addressing issues or concerns raised by teachers, parents and candidates. If you have an issue or concern, write to The State Manager, AMEB (WA), 35 Stirling Highway, M421, Perth 6009. If it is about a particular examination, please include a copy of the report. All issues and concerns will be investigated in a confidential and professional manner. AMEB (WA) will attempt to resolve them to the satisfaction of all parties concerned. A set of guidelines is available on request from the WA office.
Tuning of instruments

The following policy will apply in instrumental exams where the syllabus allows for examiner assistance with the tuning of instruments.

This is normally up to Grade 4 only, where it is anticipated that initial tuning will be done prior to the candidate entering the examination room.

  • In general, examiners are to spend no more than one minute tuning an instrument during the scheduled exam time, normally just as any necessary fine-tuning to that done prior to the candidate entering the exam room. Some latitude may be taken in exceptional circumstances.
  • Examiners are only to assist with tuning when explicitly requested by the candidate or teacher. If not requested, no tuning is to be undertaken. Examiners are not to take the initiative in this regard, but simply respond to a request to do so.

Please note that in extreme cases where candidates have become distressed or are unable to rectify a tuning situation themselves, the examiner may take the initiative and offer assistance.

Candidates with special needs
The AMEB aims to provide the optimal conditions for all candidates presenting for examination. For candidates with special needs, WA has established practices and policies. When a teacher enrols a candidate who requires special consideration in the examination room for whatever reason, we request that the teacher or parent submit to the WA office a detailed letter including any documentation outlining the specific need or disability of the candidate and how best the AMEB can accommodate the candidate in the examination.

Submitting a letter at the time of enrolment allows the office to have further discussion with the teacher/parent/candidate and then the examiner regarding providing those optimal conditions. It also means that the office has time to allocate a specific time on the exam session (ie start or finish), schedule extra time for the examination or provide any specifically tailored tests.

Please do not have parents or candidates hand a letter to the supervisor or examiner on the day of the examination.

If a candidate, parent or teacher has difficulties negotiating stairs, please request a ground floor examination. There is no lift available in the building.
Social media policy

View the AMEB Social Media Policy

CCTV policy

AMEB CCTV consent - Candidates (PDF 163KB)

AMEB CCTV policy (PDF 190KB)

AMEB Surveillance Devices Procedures (PDF 133KB) 

General information

2021 AMEB Award Ceremonies

The format for this Award Ceremony is under review. Further information will follow in due course. 

 

2021 AMEB Award Ceremonies

The format for this Award Ceremony is under review. Further information will follow in due course. 

 

Australian Music Examinations Board WA

The WA State Office is located on the Claremont campus of The University of Western Australia, on the corner of Princess and Goldsworthy Roads in Claremont. The office is at the eastern end of the stone heritage-listed building. Visitors are asked to park in Car Park 2 (paid parking) accessible from Goldsworthy Road and to please observe and comply with all signage.

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Office location

The University of Western Australia, Claremont Campus, Cnr Princess and Goldsworthy Roads, Claremont Perth WA | Open Monday to Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm

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Mailing address

M421, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009