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About AMEB

AMEB History

In 1887, a programme of music examinations was initiated in Australia by the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. Tasmania soon followed, with the University of Tasmania joining in 1911. The other states came on board in the ensuing years until, in 1918, the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) became a national organisation. Its purpose was to provide graded assessments of the achievements of music students across the country – something AMEB continues to delivery today.

Today, AMEB is a federated body with its Federal Office based in Melbourne, while each state’s exams are administered by their own offices. Signatories to the AMEB constitution comprise the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australia, the NSW Minister for Education, the Qld Minister for Education, Training and Employment, and the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training (administered by the University of Tasmania). These and other education institutions use AMEB qualifications as a benchmark for selection of students into their courses.

AMEB Tasmania is administered by the Conservatorium of Music (University of Tasmania) on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training.

Meet the AMEB Tas Team

After training as an oboist in Adelaide and Sydney, Michelle was lured (pushed by serendipity) towards arts administration. She began by expanding her teaching roles into administrative responsibilities before managing the large ensembles programs at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. While there, Michelle discovered her love of stationery and excel spreadsheets and ignited her enthusiasm for the "other " side of the music industry.

After moving to Melbourne, Michelle worked predominantly in music, holding roles as Artist Liaison for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Operations Manager at Melbourne's iconic Matt Irwin Photography, and Manager of Artistic Planning for Melbourne Youth Orchestras. Both parents being educators, Michelle is naturally drawn to nurturing others and supporting the development of tomorrow's musicians and leaders. It was this passion, in combination with the love of a good challenge, that brought Michelle to Hobart to take on the newly created General Manager role at Tasmanian Youth Orchestra.

Feeding her thirst for knowledge, Michelle has completed a Mini MBA course is undertaking a Diploma of Psychology and attempts to recall a limited but expanding vocabulary across French, German and Italian. Michelle enjoys contributing to the larger arts ecology via professional development, and sharing her expertise through peer assessment processes for The Australia Council and Arts Tasmania. In her down time, she still enjoys keeping her oboe from getting dusty.

Michelle is delighted to be State Manager for AMEB (Tasmania) and is most excited to support local students, and the provision of quality arts education.

Originally from Cornwall in the UK, Kirsty began her flute tuition and love of music exams there before emigrating with her family to Tasmania in her teens.  She continued her flute studies with AMEB graded exams, performed with the Tasmanian Wind Ensemble and Tasmanian Youth Orchestra before studying at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Kirsty achieved a Bachelor of Music (Education) and AMusA whilst also working as a flute teacher both privately and in schools around Hobart.

Kirsty was Head of Music and taught K-10 classroom music for several years before heading overseas to go travelling. Here, a new 20-year career in travel was born, where Kirsty found a passion for organising, planning, scheduling, logistics and stationery! During those years she won various awards for travel sales, moved through the ranks, opened her own successful travel agency and indulged her thirst for travel (we're not counting, but the last country count was 47!).

Recently, Kirsty updated her teaching skills and returned to her musical roots. She jumped back into primary music teaching where she shares her musical passion with young primary school learners. She also enjoys being part of the Tasmanian Orff Schulwerk Association and is excited to combine her musical knowledge and organisational skills as Exams Coordinator for AMEB Tasmania.

In her spare time Kirsty can be found pottering around the veggie patch, being a dance Mum taxi service, and pandering to her sausage dog, Frank.

Our Experts

Our Examiners are highly respected teachers and artists and each of them have a unique history with AMEB.

Following a recommendation from the Tasmanian State Committee, Trainee Examiners undertake a rigorous training process to ensure AMEB’s national standard of assessment and accreditation remains consistent throughout Australia. Finally, the Federal Board approves their appointment to become a fully-fledged AMEB Examiner.

Meet our Examiners

Trainee Examiners

The training process for our Examiners is rigorous and takes approximately two years. Our Trainee Examiners shadow established Examiners to learn about conduct in exams, how to write supportive, encouraging, and accurate reports, and (most importantly) to calibrate their assessments at all levels.

This training process is a consistent approach across Australia. It ensures that all candidates are assessed fairly and appropriately for the level they're presenting, and that the integrity of AMEB's national accreditation is upheld.

If you have a Trainee Examiner in your exam, please don't be nervous - the assessment they make does not contribute to your report, but the experience they gain from hearing you is invaluable.

Interested in becoming an examiner? Please get in touch to find out about what’s expected, the training process, and to submit an expression of interest. It is a condition of employment that all AMEB Examiners hold and maintain a valid Working With Vulnerable People check.

Contact Us

The Tasmanian State Committee has been established to provide advice to AMEB Tasmania in relation to broad-based aspects of music education within the community. The Committee presents an important forum for identifying state-wide issues and opportunities, and a platform for sharing viewpoints from the sector. The Committee provides advice to the State Manager about effective delivery and development of AMEB within Tasmania, ultimately with the intention of cultivating a strong and thriving music education community. Where relevant, the Committee is responsible for identifying matters to be brought to the attention of AMEB Federal Board. The Committee has no delegated decision-making power on behalf of AMEB. Recognising that the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania, is the premiere tertiary music institution in Tasmania, and AMEB (TAS) is the most utilised music syllabus and examination system in Tasmania, the two organisations work together to make music education more accessible and to improve and develop music education in Tasmania.

Meet the Tasmanian State Committee

Prof Andrew Legg, PhD(Tas), BMus(Tas), TTC, TSC Chair.
Amanda Hodder, MMus(VCA), BMus(Tas).
Dr Jody Heald, PhD(Curtin), BMus(Tas), GradDipMus(Tas), TMusA, LMusA, AMusA, MIMT.
David Malone, MMus (Tas), MTEM (Melb)BMus - Performance (CSM) BCom - Marketing (UNSW).
Judith Mann, BA Music(UQ), GradDipEd(ACUQ), MMus(Colorado State).
Tracey Patten, BMus(Perf)Hons, GradCertMus, GradDipEd.
Margaret Reid, BA(MusEd)(Tas), TTC.
Karen Smithies, MMus (UTAS), BMus (SydCon), LMusA, AMusA.

Interested in contributing?

Find out more about joining the TSC

The team expands on exam days to include casual exam supervisors and, for some exams, Federal examiners and instrument specialist advisers.

Our team of Exam Supervisors include our State Manager, Exams Coordinator, and our fabulous casual team to help you on your exam day:

  • Hobart - Susannah Clark, Alethea Coombe, Saxon Hornett-Devers, Ingrid (Inki) Rahlen, Rob Rule.
  • Launceston - Marg Reynolds.
  • Devonport - Bruce Tivendale.
  • Burnie - Caroline Smith.

The Federal office works closely with our office to provide additional support and resources - you may even speak with one of them if we're already on a call. Keep reading to find out more about the Federal team.

Together, AMEB Tasmania is here to help with exam registrations, syllabus queries, and more.

AMEB Federal Office

The Federal office operates out of Melbourne, under the leadership of CEO, Bernard Depasquale. The Federal team is responsible for AMEB syllabus review, SCORE (our online platform) development, online theory exams, and general strategy, marketing, finance and operations of AMEB publications and national programs. Working closely with AMEB Tasmania, these amazing people provide plenty of support to our own exams and even pick up the phone when we're busy looking after you.

Head to the Federal website to read more about the Team

AMEB Federal Board

Overall direction of AMEB activities is the responsibility of a Federal Board, whose membership consists of representatives from the signatories to the AMEB constitution. Those signatories are the educational institutions of the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Western Australia; the Minister for Education, New South Wales; the Minister for Education, Training and Employment, Queensland; and the Minister for Education and Training, Tasmania, through the University of Tasmania.

Head to the Federal website to read more the Board

A quality arts education starts with quality arts educators and we love our talented Tassie teachers!

If you are looking for a teacher to help you with your next exam (or are just keen to take up a new hobby), these are the locals who have registered with us as teachers of AMEB Syllabuses.

AMEB is unable to offer endorsements of individuals or studios. No single teacher is perfect for every personality and stage of development, and the fit between learner and educator is unique in every case. You may also find our supporters to be helpful resources - the Tasmanian Music Teachers' Association and the Australian Strings Association also publish lists of teachers across Tasmania.

Teachers please note - there is no fee involved but we offer no associated membership perks, other than the potential of reaching more prospective students! It will be your responsibility to keep your details up to date. To minimise our admin commitment, we will simply remove information if we are made aware of it being incorrect.

We hope you find your perfect fit!