In 2017 AMEB will launch an exciting trial into a new examination that will run alongside the traditional grade exams: the Recital examination. The Recital examination will examine repertoire only for instrumental music syllabuses, and Performance and Discussion components only in Drama and Communication exams. The trial in 2017 will run in Violin, Trumpet, Flute and Drama and Communication.
Depending on the response, the uptake and the value AMEB will make a decision to roll out the Recital examinations for other instrument/syllabus areas in following years.
Which Music syllabuses can I do a Recital examination in?
Which Speech and Drama syllabus can I do a Recital examination in?
When can I do it?
Recital examinations will be offered in 2017 along with the traditional examining options.
Which Grades will be offered?
Preliminary to Grade 8 (Grade 1 to Grade 8 for Trumpet) for Music examinations and Introductory Grade to Grade 6 for Drama and Communication.
What do I have to prepare?
Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4): Three pieces
Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8): Four pieces
For the Drama and Communication Recital examination:
The Performance and Discussion requirements for the grade.
What pieces can I play for Trumpet, Flute and Violin examinations?
The Recital examinations will use the same syllabus as the traditional grade exams for repertoire selection, but with an Own Choice option.
In Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) you can prepare one work from each of Lists A, B and C OR substitute one List selection with an Own Choice selection (i.e. a piece that is not on the syllabus but that is of a similar standard to the works listed on the syllabus). For instance, candidates may choose one work from each of Lists A and C, and select an Own Choice work in place of their List B selection. Candidates should select Own Choice repertoire to produce a balanced and varied programme overall.
In Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) you can prepare work from each of Lists A, B, C and D OR substitute up to two List selections with Own Choice selections (i.e. a piece that is not on the syllabus but that is of a similar standard to the works listed on the syllabus). For instance, candidates may choose one work from each of Lists A and C, and select Own Choice works in place of their List B and List D selections. Candidates should select Own Choice repertoire to produce a balanced and varied programme overall.
Does this mean that the orchestral excerpts requirement in Trumpet Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8) can be replaced with an Own Choice selection?
Yes. Candidates can either present the orchestral excerpts requirement for List D or an Own Choice selection in its place.
How do I know if the Own Choice selections I have made are the right standard for the grade?
It is the responsibility of the teacher and the candidate to ensure the Own Choice selections are the right standard for the grade.
To get my certificate do I still need to do a Theory exam for Music examinations?
The same prerequisites that apply to the Grade exams will apply to the Recital exams, so once you get to Grade 6, yes.
Do I need to present a balanced program?
You should consider that this is a Recital examination and present a program that is attractive to listen to. The Syllabus Lists are there to help guide you in this, but further thought may be required to select a balanced and interesting programme.
So, I’m just checking, for the Music Recital examinations I won’t be examined on scales and technical work and for the Drama and Communication Recital examination I won’t be required to submit the Documentation requirement?
And I won’t be examined on Aural tests, Sight reading or General knowledge in Music examinations?
Great. So I never have to practise scales again?
AMEB recommends strongly that technical work forms part of your practice routine. Just because we are not examining that component in this exam doesn’t mean that it is not essential to building your technical skills. Just like a dentist knows if you’ve been brushing your teeth or not an examiner will know whether you’ve been practising your scales or not. The examination criteria still include aspects of technique, it’s just that Technical work isn’t being examined separately as such.
Isn’t AMEB just dumbing down a great tradition?
AMEB is aware that the world is changing around us and that we need to change with this. Students have less time than they’ve had in the past. There are many calls on their time and talent. AMEB would encourage everyone to do an exam each year because it is such a great way to set a goal and make sure you are achieving and improving. We have listened to feedback from teachers telling us that not all learning environments allow a student to be prepared for a traditional grade exam but they would still like to have a goal to work to.
The traditional grade exam prepares a student for the full package of what is required to make a musician. The exam covers scales and technical work in Section 1, Pieces in Section 2 and Aural tests, general knowledge and sightreading in Section 3.
Just because AMEB is offering a Recital examination that doesn’t examine Sections 1 and 3 does not mean AMEB no longer thinks these things are important. They remain essential to the development of a musician and we would expect teachers continue to include these elements in their lessons and learning environment. We are just choosing not to examine these in this particular exam. Teachers or students who still wish to be examined in these areas can continue to enrol in the traditional grade exams.
Is this going to be easier than the traditional Grade exams?
No, the standard remains the same for each equivalent grade.
Who would this be relevant to:
Anyone who wants to learn a musical instrument, or improve their Speech and drama skills.
It could be useful for a student preparing for a Year 11 or 12 music or drama exam wanting to prepare and get feedback on their performance in advance of their school exam.
Students learning in a school environment where there is less one-on-one lesson time and it is difficult to prepare a student with all the requirements of a Grade exam to be ready at the same time.
Students doing music or drama as an additional extra-curricular activity who have less time to commit to these activities.
Students who love performing and want an annual goal to aim for as well as external feedback on their progress.
Any further questions?
We're here to help, please contact the AMEB Federal Office.
Download the Violin Recital syllabus here.
Download the Flute Recital syllabus here.
Download the Trumpet Recitcal syllabus here.
Download the Drama and Communication Recital syllabus here.