Australian Music Examinations Board
Australian Music Examinations Board


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About AMEB

Mission Statement

Supporting, inspiring & advancing a life-long engagement with music in Australia.


Snapshot: Year in Review report

We invite you to explore our annual report, Year in Review 2019-2020, to learn more about AMEB. The report provides insight into our work, our community, and the many opportunities for people to become involved in some way. No matter your ability, age or connection with music, speech, drama and dance, AMEB has much to offer.


Explore: Year in Review 2019-2020



In 1887 a programme of music examinations was initiated in Australia by the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. Subsequently the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) emerged in 1918 as a national body with the purpose of providing graded assessments of the achievements of music students. Later, examinations were also provided for students of speech and drama.


The AMEB Tradition —The Measure of Excellence

As one of the most respected bodies in this field AMEB's qualifications are recognised as a national benchmark across Australia. AMEB examinations are based on syllabuses designed by leading scholars and performers, regularly updated to ensure that they reflect an appropriate range of performance skills and the latest musicological research. The content of these syllabuses is, wherever practical, published in affordable editions, ensuring that the cost to students of acquiring a full range of the set pieces is as simple and inexpensive as possible.



The AMEB's success in developing standards of performance and scholarship has been achieved through the support of teachers in all States. Our syllabuses are reviewed and developed in direct consultation with the people who use our examination system, and written by leading teachers and performers. With the assistance of its examiners, the Board will continue to work in association with teachers to provide encouragement for students and a sense of achievement. The Board believes that its activities ultimately lead to the enhancement of the cultural life of our community.


What we offer:

  • A qualification that is widely recognised and respected
  • The only examination body with formal links to major Australian universities and Ministers for Education
  • The most widely-used assessment system for Music, Speech and Drama in Australia
  • Assessment from the preliminary to diploma level
  • Highly-trained examiners who are specialists in their instrument
  • Detailed written reports for practical examinations
  • Fresh and accessible syllabuses developed in consultation with teachers, parents and students
  • A wide range of repertoire available in the manual lists, in addition to AMEB publications
  • Local teacher support and networks
  • Quality publications


Who we are

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, namely 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.