Music Syllabuses Explained
Instrumental and Vocal Specialties
Where specialty instruments are listed as is (above), this is summarised as the "classical" AMEB music syllabus. This encompasses the Leisure series as well so it's far more than just classical. Within this, there are different exam options to provide you with the opportunity to present a variety of programs.
Just as it suggests, this exam assesses a comprehensive set of learnings. Candidates prepare selected works and technical work (eg scales), answer questions on general knowledge, and are tested on aural and sight-reading. This is the traditional AMEB exam format with the following being available variations.
Candidates present pieces only, demonstrating their technique and knowledge through the repertoire. There is flexibility to choose a range of repertoire style across both set lists and own choice works.
Repertoire Exams are a great way to get a practice run at your TCE and UTAS exam, and receive constructive feedback and guidance to help in guiding your final preparations.
Repertoire exams are available across all syllabuses except Band.
For Leisure Series
This syllabus explores popular repertoire including well-loved standards from classical and jazz styles, and arrangements of movie themes and popular songs. Please note that the standard for Leisure exam will now be referred to as Comprehensive exam option in order to differentiate it from the newly introduced Repertoire exam alternative.
For Leisure (Comprehensive) Candidates may choose between aural and sight-reading in their exam.
This syllabus encompasses Grade 1 through to Licentiate, for Concert and Brass Band specialties including Bb, Eb, and C instruments. Please note that the Band syllabus is available only in the traditional (Comprehensive) exam format.
It's rare that any artist will spend their whole lives performing solo. Ensemble exams exist to support the training of chamber and ensemble development.
In addition to the Solo (standard) exams, Pianists can also undertake Collaborative exams in Grades 5-8.
A special syllabus exists for groups of varying instrumentation to assess repertoire beyond the solo performance. The syllabus specifies various types of groups (such as Percussion, String Ensemble, Woodwind, and Brass Ensembles) as well as a Mixed Ensemble - this could include choirs, chamber groups, or however your students are currently rehearsing.
This syllabus is for contemporary musicians, with genres including jazz, indie, metal, pop and more. There are two options within the Rockschool syllabus, as well as its own ensemble option.
This includes performance pieces, technical work, sight-reading or improv, aural, and musicianship - essentially the equivalent to the classical Comprehensive exam.
Much the same as the Repertoire exam option, the Performance Certificate requires a performance of five pieces, three of which can be the candidate’s own choice.
For Guitar, Bass and Drums, at Grades 3, 5 and 8. These instrumentalists can be assessed in their band configuration, and multiple candidates can be assessed in the same exam.
The Diploma content follows three pathways: Performance, Teaching and Creative Enterprise. Subjects can be chosen from across all three to best support the desired learnings and outcomes of each individual candidate. The Creative Enterprise pathway is fantastic for artists wanting to market and 'sell' their brand within the creative industries and it includes modules on things like marketing, planning and delivering performing arts productions and collaborations.