What to do, what not to do and everything in between.
- Top 10 practice tips
- 10 worst things to do before your exam
- Why take an exam?
- Digital vs. acoustic pianos
- 8 simple hacks for healthy musos
- When to start music lessons
- It's all in the rhythm - a series of Piano for Leisure workshops with Peter Hurley
- AMEB Resources and Publications 101
- Alyson Locke
Stories of incredible achievement from AMEB students past and present.
- Ritchell Lim - With a passion for singing and playing the piano, Perth teenager Ritchell Lim has overcome the barriers of blindness to complete a Grade 8 Piano exam with High Distinction.
- Emily Chambers - Emily’s love of music began when she started playing piano in Grade 1 at school. Emily has completed four AMEB exams this year alone.
- Queenie Pang - Queenie Pang, an accomplished yr 12 student in NSW recently won the AMEB Practice Diary Design Contest.
- Shuan Hern Lee - After receiving his AMEB LMusA in Piano at age 10, he has gone on to perform around the world.
- Phoebe Dunbabin - With dreams of attending University of Tasmania Conservatory, Phoebe sat 6 AMEB exams last year in 5 different subjects.
- Monty Wain - Pianist, Double bassist, tap dancer, busker, math champ and Australia's 5th fastest speed cuber, is there anything Monty can't do?
- Ewan - Despite several broken arms, casts and months of recovery, Ewan sailed through the P Plate Piano assessments to reach Preliminary Piano for Leisure success.
- Reuben Tsang - Cairns-based pianist makes his first trip to Brisbane to take part in the 2015 Lev Vlassenko PIano Competition & Festival at Griffith University.
- James Paterson - Undertaking lessons in electric and upright bass has been a source of healing for Adelaide-based war veteran James Paterson.
- Tommaso Girotto - Talented Tommaso participated in an interview with AMEB. Find out how a 17 year old pursued his passion for the guitar and what helped him attain his music goals.
- Harry Cross - Harry Cross is one of Rockschool's diploma level exam awardees. We interviewed him to find out how he came to be an exceptional rock musician.
- Shuan Hern Lee - Congratulations, FMusA's Youngest Awardee.
- Kai-Ning and Ceicillia - Kai-Ning Wang won 3rd prize at the Imola International Piano Awards Competition and Ceicilia Limargana won her section at the Global Youth International Piano Competition in China.
Musicians in focus
Conversations with Australia's leading musicians and artists.
- Ian Cleworth - Award-winning percussionist, music teacher and TaikOz artistic director Ian Cleworth has had rhythm flowing through his veins since childhood.
- Jane Rutter - Since internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter started playing the flute around the age of five, you could say she has become an inspirational tour de force.
- Kees Boersma & Kirsty McCahon - Revered double bass players Kees Boersma and Kirsty McCahon are not only wed to each other, they have a strikingly heartfelt connection to their instrument.
- Di Bresciani - Melbourne-based Di Bresciani has made significant contributions to the music, art and philanthropy worlds throughout her career, both as a musician and a visual artist.
- Ambre Hammond - She's never attended school, high school or university and at age 11 set the record as the youngest person to achieve both music diplomas.
- Michael Kieran Harvey - Multi-award winning Australian concert pianist and composer Michael Kieran Harvey isn’t your average professional musician.
- Joe Chindamo - Considered among the world's top jazz pianists and composers, Joe Chindamo has never had a jazz piano lesson in his life.
- David Rogers-Smith - From Madame Butterfly to Sweeney Todd, David breathes new life into every role he steps into and manages to keep characters fresh through eight-show weeks.
- Toby and Tim Manger - 7-year old Toby Mudie-Manger and father Tim Manger both love to write music.
- Tim Forrester and Katie Swan - Hailing from Perth and Brisbane, these grass roots musical theatre composers feature in AMEBs new Musical Theatre syllabus.
- Jess Chambers - She has trained the Matilda and The Sound of Music Cast. AMEB talked to the industry famous voice coach, Jess Chambers to hear her story.
- Simon Gardner - Simon Gardner has performed with musicians such as Joe Satriani, appeared in Guitar Player Magazine Spotlight and released five successful albums.
- Alanya Bridge - Alanya is an Australian composer, lyricist, playwright, performer and singer/songwriter who has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a successful theatre director.
Syllabus in focus
A closer look at AMEB's newest, most innovative syllabuses yet.
- How a new syllabus is made - When does AMEB decide to review a syllabus, why do AMEB review syllabuses and what does the review process involve?
- Double Bass (2014) - With the first ever release of Double Bass grade books, 2014 saw the release of a completely new and contemporary Double Bass syllabus.
- Percussion (2014) - The new percussion syllabus represents a huge leap forward in terms of what AMEB can offer teachers and students of Percussion.
- Flute (2013) - 2013 saw the release of an all-new Flute syllabus with supporting publications (Grade books, Technical Work book, and Sight-reading book).
- Piano Series 17 (2015) - 2014 saw the release of an all-new series of Grade Books and Recording & Handbooks for Piano students to join Series 16 and 15.
- Piano Series 17: Staff picks - We've had a head start getting to know Series 17 piano repertoire intimately. Hear our favourites from the new piano series.
- Musical Theatre (2016) - At the end of 2015, the AMEB will launch an entirely new Musical theatre syllabus with a series of supporting publications.
- Musicianship Diplomas (2016) - At the end of 2015, grades 7 and 8 will be removed and new diploma papers will be offered including a Licentiate paper.
- New Theaterette for AMEB QLD (2016) - AMEB Queensland's Asgrove office now boasts state of the art equipment for Musical Theatre exams.
- AMEB X Rockschool - Last month AMEB supporters and special guests attended launch events kicking off this special partnership.
- The Australian edition of Bastien New Traditions All In One Piano course: an AMEB first - AMEB’s Head of Publishing is proud to announce the product of our first collaboration with an international music publisher.
Andrew, AMEB's theory guru, answers your most common theory questions.
- Can you explain the natural sign?
- For Grade 2 Theory we need to know 'signs for accent'. Can you please explain what these are?
- What is the correct way to pronounce 'Acciaccatura'?
- Can you explain diatonic intervals?
- How do you write a melody from a given rhythm pattern?
- How do you write a perfect cadence in 4-part vocal style?
- How do you write a creative melody to a given rhyming couplet?
- How do you harmonise imperfect cadences in 4-part vocal style?
- How do you write a melody in a minor key?
- How do you complete a bar with rest(s)?
- How do you write and harmonise plagal cadences?
- How do you use first and second inversions in four-part harmony writing?
- Back by popular demand: Writing a rhythm to a given couplet