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In November 2021, AMEB will release a new Violin syllabus, available for examination from 2022 and supported by a suite of publications and resources. This is the first complete revision of the syllabus since 2011, and it has been conducted with the aims of:

  • reflecting current international best practice in violin pedagogy,
  • offering a new selection of graded repertoire in the forthcoming Series 10 grade books
  • updating the Manual Lists to incorporate new publications and works of the last decade, as well as removing any publications that have gone out of print
  • streamlining and improving the technical work in consultation with teachers across the country


Syllabus review team


The new syllabus and publications have been developed by the AMEB publishing team in consultation with an expert panel of instrumental specialists, including Philippa Paige (Principal Consultant), Julie Hewison (Level 1), Caron Chan (Level 2) and Fintan Murphy (Level 3).




The violin syllabus will be published in hardcopy format in the 2022 AMEB Manual of Syllabuses. It will also be available digitally. To support the new syllabus, we will be releasing a suite of publications and resources for violin including:


  • Violin Series 10 grade books (Preliminary to Grade 7)
  • Technical work book
  • Sight-reading book
  • Recorded Accompaniments (Preliminary to Grade 3)
  • Handbooks (Downloadable and hardcopy editions)
  • Recordings of all pieces in the new Grade books


The new syllabus and publications will be available via or your local music retailer in November 2021.

Our warehouse will be closed for stocktake from 12 midday AEST on Tuesday 27th April, reopening on Friday 30th April. You can still place orders through our online shop at any time. However any physical products ordered between 12pm Tuesday and 8am Friday won’t be shipped until Friday.

To thank you for your patience, we’re happy to offer free shipping on all orders placed during the warehouse closure. All digital products can continue to be downloaded as normal.

If you have any questions, our customer support team is available 9am-5pm AEST Monday to Friday and happy to help. Call us on 1300 725 709 or send us an email at

Federal Office Holiday Hours

18 December 2020

Federal Office Holiday Hours

The AMEB Ltd office is closed from Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 8 January 2021 for the Christmas/New Year period. During this time, phone support will not be available, however, our customer support team will be responding to emails on a daily basis on all business days. Please email us at with any queries during this time. 

Online music and speech & drama theory exams can still be taken over the holidays at any time. Our online Theory of Music courses are also accessible. 

AMEB Online Exam System Updates and Releases



A series of updates, improvements and new feature releases are scheduled for delivery within the AMEB online exam system in early 2021. Further information regarding the updates is available below and information will also be available via the AMEB online exam system and SCORE. 


Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance of the AMEB online exam and course system is scheduled to occur from 12.30am on Friday 15 January until 9.00am Monday 18 January. During this time our IT teams will update the system to support new functionality and make improvements to data management and security. Please note that AMEB online exams and courses will be unavailable for use during the 3-day annual maintenance period.


Launch of the Online Browser

From 9am on Monday 18 January, all AMEB online music theory exams will become accessible via an online browser. This exciting development means that online users of Theory of Music, Music Craft and Musicianship exams will no longer be required to download and install software onto their computers in order to sit or review an online music exam. This also means that AMEB exams will become accessible on computers and devices that were previously not supported by the software such as Surface Pro computers, tablets and smart phones. The browser version of the software has been successfully supporting online theory courses since July 2020.


Enhanced Security for Online Exam Supervision

As of Monday 22 February, we are making some changes to the way supervisors authorise an online exam for a Candidate. In addition to providing their name and phone number, the supervisor will receive a text message containing a numeric code. This code will need to be entered into the online system before the online exam will commence. Users will likely be familiar with this process as it is increasingly being used by online businesses to increase security and assist in proving identities. Support will be available for users who require assistance or are unfamiliar with this style of verification.


Speech and Performance Online Theory Exams

A Grade 1 online theory exam for Speech and Performance will be launched on Monday 18 January. The Grade 7 exam was successfully launched during 2020 and Grades 2-6 will be released later in 2021. At this time, software will need to be downloaded and installed onto the Candidate’s computer in order to access Speech and Performance exams.


For further information regarding updates and new releases to the AMEB Online Exam system, please contact the AMEB Federal Office on 03 8660 5800 or email



The Grade 4 Theory of Music: Integrated Course and Workbook is out this month.

To celebrate the release, we’re hosting a virtual book launch with author and Theory Specialist Andrew Raiskums and you’re invited! Andrew will guide you through what’s covered in this new book and answer your theory-related questions.


When: Tuesday November 24th 1pm AEDT

Where: Online via Zoom

Register for this free online event here.


Pre-order Theory of Music: Integrated Course and Workbook, Grade 4 here:


This launch will be recorded and made available via our YouTube channel the next day.

Harpists Australia wide are invited to the online launch of our new Harp Syllabus and accompanying publications.


World-leading harpist and Principal Syllabus Consultant, Alice Giles will perform a few pieces from this exciting new collection of harp repertoire. She will also be joined by Steven Hodgson, Head of Publishing at AMEB, to discuss the process behind the creation of the syllabus, Grade books, Technical work and Sight-reading publications.


We'll also reveal the details of a new competition to win a harp courtesy of Carter Harps Australia and Camac Harps France.

When: Tuesday November 17th 1pm AEDT

Where: Online via Zoom

Register for this free online event here:


Pre-order the 2021 Manual of Syllabus:

Pre-order Harp publications:


This launch will be recorded and made available via our YouTube channel the next day.

Speech and Performance Theory exams are now available online for Grade 7 with more grades coming soon. This online platform specifically caters to the needs of Speech and Performance candidates including the use of the phonetic palette.


This short video explains how to access this exam via our Online Learning & Exams system. 



Click here to learn more about our Speech and Drama syllabuses.

The Screen Sharing Copyright Clearance Licence is a free licence that will allow teachers to legally screen share AMEB publications via their chosen online lesson platform.


This new licence aims to make remote learning a little bit easier, while protecting the rights and intellectual property of publishers and composers represented in our publications.


“We know that teachers are working hard to deliver lessons online during this time. One thing that we have become aware of is that it can be hard to show a student something in the music – something that you would normally just point to on the piano or music stand is now more complicated. To help teachers in this situation, we have negotiated a special licence that allows them to screen share pieces from AMEB publications during online lessons.”


Bernard Depasquale, CEO AMEB Ltd. 


The Screen Sharing Copyright Clearance Licence:

  • is free for all teachers in Australia via 
  • does not replace the need to buy an AMEB publication. Both teacher and student must own an original copy of the book.
  • is valid for 6 months from 14 April to 14 October 2020.
  • T&C’s can be viewed on our website. 


Should you have any questions about this licence or the application process, please contact the AMEB Federal Office on 1300 725 709 or

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