Australian Music Examinations Board
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Two new grades have been added to the syllabus for examinations from 2020 - Preliminary and Certificate of Performance. 

From 2020 - Level 1 (Preliminary - 4th grades), Level 2 (5th - 8th grades) and Level 3 (Certificate of Performance - Licentiate diplomas).



Published in the Manual of Syllabuses and available as a digital download. The 2021 Manual of Syllabuses includes a newly revised Trumpet Syllabus including two new exams - Preliminary and Certificate of Performance. 

This syllabus is also available as single syllabus digital download: 2021 Trumpet Syllabus


Grade books

Trumpet Series 2 grade books will be available from November 18th for Preliminary to Grade 4. Orchestral Brass Trumpet Series 1 grade books and Brass Series 1 grade books for all Level 1 grades (except Preliminary) will still be examinable from 2020 in conjunction with the new Series 2 publications. 



Technical Work

Candidates are to consult the Technical Work requirements in either the new Trumpet Technical work & orchestra excerpts (2019) or old Horn and Trumpet: Technical Work. Candidates will be asked by the examiner which Technical Work publications the candidate has prepared. Horn and Trumpet: Technical Work will only be examinable for Trumpet players until the end of 2021. 



Sight Reading

Candidates may prepare for Sight Reading tests with Trumpet Sight-reading & transposition or Brass Sight Reading.



Orchestral excerpts

Candidates may select orchestral excepts from Brass Orchestral Excerpts for presentation at examination.


Arban method for Trumpet

There are several editions of the Arban Method book with different numberings and page numbers. To help identify the correct works, use the following links that correctly point to the exercises listed in the syllabus. Then compare the correct exercise to your own edition of the Arban method. 

Pages 1-56

Pages 57-122

Pages 123-190

Pages 191-282

Pages 283-347