AMEB syllabuses cover a wide range of musical instruments including voice, contemporary popular music, music theory, speech and drama and teaching. For more information, select a syllabus from the list below.
Each AMEB subject has a corresponding syllabus which outlines the requirements for an examination. AMEB syllabuses set educationally appropriate goals across a wide range of practical and written subjects, from beginner level through grades 1-8 and onto tertiary entrance standard. AMEB syllabuses are designed by leading scholars and performers and are regularly updated. They take into account feedback from teachers, parents, students and any other interested stakeholders.
2016 saw the release of a brand new Musical Theatre syllabus, with accomanying publications. It also saw the beginning of a partnership to enable AMEB to deliver Rockschool exams in Australia. A revised version of the Musicianship syllabus was also published in the 2016 Manual for the first time.
2015 saw the release of a new set of Piano Grade Books (Series 17) to accompany the existing Piano syllabus. A revised version of the Theory of Music syllabus was published in the 2015 Manual for the first time.
2014 saw the release of new Percussion and Double Bass syllabuses. These new syllabuses will be examined concurrently with the previous syllabus, last published in 2013, until evaluations of the new syllabuses take place. At the conclusion of the evaluations, the Board will give one year's notice of its intention to withdraw the old syllabuses from examination. When preparing for examination, ensure to use only one syllabus as a guide.
Syllabuses under review
AMEB syllabuses are regularly reviewed by specialists with a national profile in their instrument to reflect current pedagogical best practice. Check the Latest News for information on how to participate in our current and upcoming syllabus reviews.
Syllabuses currently under review (in 2016-2017):
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AMEB syllabuses have a selection of repertoire called Manual lists from which candidates can select pieces for exam performance. Where editions are listed, these are mentioned solely as a means of identification, candidates can use any standard edition, however, in the case of arrangements it is neceesary to use the specified volume as other editions may be of unsuitable levels of difficulty. Sometimes manual-list pieces go out of print, temporarily or permanently. In such cases you can contact us to ensure that the publication is out of print or you can search for a second-hand copy online.
Most AMEB practical exams require candidates to complete an aural test. For exam aural test requirements, see the front section of the Manual of Syllabuses, AMEB offers preparatory Aural test graded exercises in Aural Skills from our Online Shop and from AMEB Preferred Retailers.
Most AMEB practical exams require candidates to complete a sight reading test. For exam sight-reading test requirements, see the front section of the Manual of Syllabuses, AMEB offers preparatory sight-reading books for many instruments from our Online Shop and from AMEB Preferred Retailers.
Most AMEB practical exams require candidates to answer a series of general-knowledge questions. For general-knowledge guidelines, see the front of the Manual of Syllabuses, AMEB recording & handbooks often assist students preparing for general knowledge questions.
Extra List / Own choice
Many AMEB practical exams require candidates to prepare extra list or own choice works. Extra list and own choice works are pieces selected by the candidate that have an educational value similar to that already prescribed in the syllabus. Candidates can choose to select other works from the syllabus, earlier editions of grade books, the current grade book and/or from another source. The AMEB does not provide prior approval of extra list or own choice works, however candidates and teachers may wish to discuss their selection with other teachers and performers.
Syllabus corrections & errors
From time to time errors are identified in AMEB syllabuses. See the individual syllabus page for a list of syllabus and/or publication errors. If you identify a possible error in a syllabus, please contact us.
Syllabus consultants & reviewers
As part of the syllabus review process, AMEB looks for leading scholars, teachers and performers in the subject area of the syllabus under review, to serve as consultants, reviewers and/or committee members during a syllabus review. Check the latest news and opportunities pages to see when applications are being sought.
Composers may wish to submit their works to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming AMEB syllabus. To do so, please send scores to AMEB Federal Office along with your contact details and publishing details. Compositions are stored at the AMEB Federal Office library for review and reference. Learn more