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Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Australia’s bushfire emergency and all those working tirelessly to protect our communities.

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Holiday Opening Hours

20 December 2019

Federal Office Opening Hours 

The AMEB Federal Office will close at 5pm on 20 December 2019 and resume normal office hours from 6 January 2020. During this time phones will not be attended however we will continue to provide support for online exam queries and other customer enquiries via email. Please email all requests to

Performance Arts Awards (PAA)

Unique and industry-relevant qualifications in dance and musical theatre.

We're excited to announce that we will be offering exams in musical theatre, street dance and jazz dance in Australia and New Zealand from 2020.
Performance Arts Awards (PAA) are group graded examinations ranging from absolute beginner (Premiere) to advanced (Grade 8). 


Read more on the PAA website here.

The 2020 AMEB Manual of Syllabuses for all music syllabuses and Speech and Drama are now available. The Manual of Syllabuses is your complete guide to taking AMEB practical or written exams in music, speech or drama in 2020. 

The detailed collection of music syllabuses outlines the requirements for taking exams at all grade and diploma levels including the syllabus objectives, repertoire options, technical work and additional requirements. 



What's new for 2020?

  • New Theory of Music Set Works for Grades 5, 6 and Licentiate Diploma in Musicology
  • New Musicianship Set Works for Grades 5 and 6
  • Revised Trumpet syllabus
  • New Fellowship in Music Australia (FMusA) syllabus

Music Syllabuses are available in the following formats:


*This publication includes general requirements, test requirements, regulations, successful candidates, and complete syllabus requirements for all music subjects except CPM, Rockschool, Accordion and Ensemble Performance. 


Browse the full range of digital music syllabuses here.



The Speech and Drama Manual of Syllabuses is available as printed book or a downloadable PDF book


Win a Yamaha Trumpet

18 November 2019

To celebrate the release of the new AMEB Trumpet resources and syllabus, we have partnered with Yamaha Music Australia to offer trumpet players the chance to win a new YTR8335II Xeno trumpet valed at $3,499 RRP. In addition, we will also be offering an AMEB prize to our favourite entry each week of the competition. There are 10 of these on offer so it's worthwhile getting your entry in early! Plus, if you win an AMEB weekly prize you're still elegiable for the major prize. 




Thank you to the 1240 talented musicians who performed I am Australian in the 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra.

A premiere of the video took place at the Kenneth Myer Auditorium, Ian Potter Southbank Centre, University of Melbourne on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. The event was hosted by conductor and Online Orchestra Ambassador Jessica Gethin and featured performances by Tintern Grammar Junior Choir, Melbourne Girls' College Junior String Ensemble as well as interviews with Isobella Kruger from Yugambeh Youth Choir and Thanh Bui from Asia Music & Performing Arts Education (AMPA), who organised a choir from Saigon to enter the Online Orchestra. 

We would like to thank our Ambassadors, Jessica Gethin and Bruce Woodley AO; our sponsors, Hal Leonard AustraliaOaklands ProductionsValiant Press; and our event partners Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Special thanks also goes to the AMEB colleagues and associates who helped make the second Online Orchestra such a success. Without everyone's generous help this project would not have been possible.

The Online Orchestra will be taking a break in 2020 but will be back bigger and better in 2021!

I am Australian

Music and lyrics by Bruce Woodley AO and Dobe Newton

Arranged for the AMEB Online Orchestra 2019 by Steven Hodgson, David Howell and Alex Garsden. Harp parts arranged by Alice Giles

Audio and Visual Engineers: Jarrad Gilson, Oaklands Productions Jaspar James, Oaklands Productions

Yugambeh Language Translation: Shaun Davies, Yugambeh Museum

Performed by: Yugambeh Youth Choir

AMEB Online Orchestra 2019 Conductor: Jessica Gethin

Project Ambassadors: Bruce Woodley AO and Jessica Gethin

Project sponsors: Hal Leonard Australia, Valiant Press, Oaklands Productions

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is the proud event partner of the AMEB Online Orchestra Video Launch

Project Publicist: DMCPR Media

AMEB is pleased to support music education by providing 10 teachers from across Australia the opportunity to attend the Piano Pivot Live Conference in Melbourne. Enter by completing the form below before October 19th for your chance to attend the first ever Piano Pivot Live in January 2020!




10 two-day passes (valued at $429 each) are available in total. 5 will be offered to residents of Metropolitan Melbourne and 5 will be offered to residents from anywhere else in Australia. Your postcode is required to be eligible plus we’d like to hear a few words on why attending Piano Pivot will enhance your teaching. Please note that you will need to make your own way to the conference - travel is not included.


Conference dates: 23-24 January 2020
VENUE: Rydges Hotel, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Questions? Contact AMEB 1300 725 709 or
Find out more about Piano Pivot Live here


Full competition terms and conditions are available here. 

That’s right – we’ve extended the deadline for entries so if you were thinking about entering this year now is your chance! Your conductor Jessica Gethin can’t wait to ‘virtually’ conduct you in the orchestra so join in the fun today. 

Calling all composers for Violin


AMEB is about to review the Violin syllabus and will be reviewing repertoire through the remainder of 2019.

AMEB is committed to increased the amount of quality Australian compositions in our publications and syllabuses. If you are a composer with a work that you would like to be considered for the grade books or Manual Lists please send us a copy of your work.


Please note the following:

- If you have submitted a work to us in the last two years it will be in our library and the violin consultants will review it.

- If your work is already in the Australian Music Centre (AMC) library our consultants will review it as part of their research.

- Compositions for Manual Lists can only be considered if the work is publicly available (ie in print form, in a reputable library like the AMC or on a reliable online shop that will continue to have the work available through the life of the syllabus).

- Works to be included in grade books do not need to be publicly available and their use will be negotiated with the copyright owner (ie either the composer or their publisher).


Please send a copy of the music along with your contact details and any relevant copyright information to:

AMEB Federal Office

Level 8, 21 Victoria Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Telephone 1300 725 709


Materials received for a syllabus not currently under review will be stored in our music library until such time as the relevant syllabus is being reviewed. Handwritten scores are accepted.