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Celebrating success

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 GirottoTalented 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 CrossHarry 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. 
  • Sheng-Yuan Lynch - 11 years old and already attending university, Sheng-Yuan hails from Hobart. 
  • Tom Wilson - 12 years old and a multi-instrumentalist from Adelaide. 

Musicians in focus

Conversations with Australia's leading musicians and artists.

  • Ian CleworthAward-winning percussionist, music teacher and TaikOz artistic director Ian Cleworth has had rhythm flowing through his veins since childhood.
  • Jane RutterSince 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 McCahonRevered 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 BrescianiMelbourne-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 ChambersShe 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 GardnerSimon 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. 
  • Jessica Voigt-PageClassical Saxophonist, Jessica Page is an Australian musician with a colourful music career. 
  • Madeline Roycroft - She's a musicologist and an oboist. She's also really funny! 

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. 
  • Music ProductionRockschool has identified the gap in the music examinations market with its new graded syllabus in music production. 
  • The Making of Piano for Leisure Series 4 - Have you ever thought about how much fun it would be to create your own set of exam books, featuring all of your favourite music?


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 Andrew, AMEB's theory guru, answers your most common theory questions.