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 - Australian students making waves overeas.
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.
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