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Top 10 Expert Tips On How To Pass AMEB Exams In 2024

Filed in Article, Education by on October 12, 2023 0 Comments

Music is the Nectar of the soul, a sound so soothing it creates memories in the mind which casts its listeners into blissful illusions of grandeur, Music is an art and art of mental liberation that expresses itself in various forms and types whether it be via instruments or through vocal singing and personally, one of my favorite topics to discuss the main focus is on the Australian Music Examination Board otherwise as to the AMEB.

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The idea that there is an Elite Academy that specifically focuses on music and even holds a qualifying Examination where the skill set of the students are tested is something quite fascinating, the Exams are also based on the student’s forte.

WHAT IS THE AMEB

Australian Music Examination Board is as simple as that, AMEB was brought into existence in the year 1887, at the initial stage it was just a programme via music Examinations, from the universities of Adelaide and Melbourne and it achieved national status by being officially pronounced a national Body in the year 1918, it could be seen from here that the AMEB has an old and rich history.

There are lots of things one can learn from the AMEB as a musical aspirant ranging from lessons with an assorted variety of musical instruments or even non-musical lessons that focus on training one vocally whilst also providing the option for drama training, to put it simply it’s your one-stop Academy/all you can eat buffet for those who desire to encroach into music in Australia.

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WHAT DOES THE AMEB OFFER

The AMEB offers syllabuses and examinations in a broad range of subjects including

  • Music Teaching
  • Music Theory (Theory of Music, Musicianship, Music Craft)
  • Keyboard (Piano, Piano for Leisure, P Plate Piano, Organ, Electronic Organ)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar, Harp)
  • Woodwind (Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Saxophone for Leisure)
  • Brass (Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium)
  • Brass Band Instruments (Instruments in B flat, E flat, and C)
  • Percussion
  • Voice (Singing, Singing for Leisure)
  • Contemporary Popular Music (Keyboard, Vocal, Drum Kit, Guitar, Bass)
  • Musical Ensembles (Brass, Mixed, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind)
  • Speech and Drama.

For more information on this, I highly suggest you visit their official website site at (www.ameb.edu.au)

WHY SHOULD I TAKE THE AMEB EXAMINATION

What is the Essence of the AMEB examinations, I mean does one really need to take it at all, if you are asking these, the answer is simply yes, yes, and yes.

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You see everyone at some point has harboured the urge or the desire to try to master at least one instrument in their lifetime or maybe even more but due to the complexity of that instrument and the lack of coordination and adequate knowledge of that instrument we often mind end up tucking our musical dreams and desires on the shelf I myself has had such desires at the AMEB not only do you learn these instruments you even get the chance to learn how to read said musical scores and play music at your own leisure and for your own pleasure and that’s not all you get tested via the exams, so you yourself could actually see how far you have come with your learning Scheme and the best part is the AMEB has recently gone online and everything from learning down to the taking of Exams can be done online for those who aren’t in Australia.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE AMEB

We have seen so far the syllabus and what the AMEB offers, it’s time to focus on the Benefits of Studying music at the AMEB.

1. IMPROVEMENT OF WORK ETHIC

Developing the correct techniques is often exacting and requires diligence. Producing good, rather than mediocre, work through sustained effort can heighten self-esteem.

2. BUILDING EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE

Truth be told everyone has to confront anxiety at various times in their lives. Dealing with it early often builds resilience for greater challenges, such as HSC exams. Preparing for exams demonstrates that a person is able to take risks and conquer fears.

3. INCREMENT IN LEARNING CAPACITY

Most times it can only be through learning that our capacity for the Assimilation of knowledge can be stimulated if you learn to play an instrument mostly an instrument that you like and admire it stimulates the brain and this has an absorption effect on future knowledge and information yet to be impacted into the brain simply put your brain becomes more receptive.

4. OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT

This is my personal favorite benefit of studying music for those of you who are scared to be on the stage while having lots of eyes staring at you have no fear because you are not alone I too used to have this fear but the thing is when you hone your musical skills and you perform to your heart’s content you are going to grow to a point that you can boldly and confidently perform on stage with the same amount of comfort as you would have while performing on a couch at home and the best part is you would be performing alongside other AMEB students.

AMEB EXAM FEES

The AMEB exam fees vary from one another, it all simply boils down to certain factors in play ranging from the instruments one chooses to learn, the type of syllabus employed, the grade being taught, and whether the said exam is face-to-face or via video.

Let’s take a string instrument for instance let’s say the Violin Repertoire

Now this is ranked by grade, the preliminary grade is the (Basics) which costs about 104 dollars( a hundred and four dollars), Grade one and Grade two of the Violin Repertoire both cost 112.00 dollars (a hundred and twelve dollars)

Grade three and Grade four cost 124 Dollars ( A hundred and twenty-four dollars), Grade Five and Grade six cost 137 dollars ( a hundred and thirty-seven dollars) then Grade Seven and Grade Eight the cost is relatively 155 Dollars and 183 dollars (one hundred and fifty-five dollars and one hundred and eighty-three dollars) for both grades.

The prices vary depending on the grade one decides to do as seen above and this is just for strings/violin only other instruments or course packs have their own grade levels and the amount for their grades it’s advised that you go for the nearest affordable grade that suits your budget and time frame.

HOW TO PASS THE AMEB EXAMS
  • The first step is to study but in this case, since an instrument is involved it now becomes practice, only with constant practice can one truly play his instrument with ease and perfection.
  • Know your musical pieces and learn to play them by heart whilst being relaxed well enough to also enjoy your own music.
  • If the musical exams you are taking require you to take them with an accompanist (partner) then practice regularly with them in order to create a form or mutual balance with them in preparation for the big day.
  • Make sure to familiarize yourself thoroughly with your syllabus
  • Be sure to eat, stay hydrated, and take lots of rest in order for you to be at your 100% while performing
  • Ensure that there are no faults in your instrument, or playing a broken instrument could cause a loss of points.
  • On the big day arrive on time, be absolutely punctual, and ensure that there are no lapses in your dressing (dress smart).
  • Apply the principle of warm-ups, and play your musical piece a few times before the exam to warm up a bit.
  • In the case of those who use electronic digital devices be sure to test and tune them beforehand then double-check again after that one can never really be too careful.
  • Don’t Ever Doubt yourself.
CONCLUSION

The most important thing to bear in mind is to Believe in yourself be positive don’t be scared don’t doubt yourself and don’t if you love music and you are willing to learn then congratulations in advance the AMEB is for you, go focus on it with razor-like focus and succeed.

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