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Who is AMEB?

The Australian Music Examinations Board formed in 1918 is a national body with the purpose of providing graded assessments of the achievements of music students.

They offer;

  • A qualification that is widely recognised and respected

  • The only examination body with formal links to major Australian universities and Ministers for Education

  • The most widely-used assessment system for Music, Speech and Drama in Australia

  • Assessment from the preliminary to diploma level

  • Highly-trained examiners who are specialists in their instrument

  • Detailed written reports for practical examinations

  • Fresh and accessible syllabuses developed in consultation with teachers, parents and student

Why do exams?

It is not necessary to complete exams to become a great musician.

However, we find that exams are a fantastic way to benchmark the results that you have ahieved in your music lessons. They are also a wonderful way to goal-set and target greater progess in your piano lessons.

When will my exam be?

The AMEB offers 5 metropolitan and 2 country exam sessions per year with each being 2-3 weeks in length.

If you choose to do an AMEB exam through Kidko and Chambers Music, we will apply to AMEB on your behalf. AMEB will then assign you a specific date and time within the session that you’ve applied for.

We will forward the date, time, and location of your exam as soon as it has been scheduled by AMEB.

For Piano students, if we have at least 3 hours of examinations in the same session, we can request to host the exams in our own studios.


Can I cancel or reschedule my exam?

You can cancel and reschedule your exam by requesting this in writing to us. We will then contact AMEB on your behalf to cancel or reschedule your exam.
Rescheduling your exam incurs an administration fee of 75% of your initial exam fee. Cancelling your exam forfeits your full exam fee.

These fees is imposed by AMEB. Please consider carefully when accepting to do an AMEB exam within one of their sessions.

Do I need an accompanist?

You will need to provide an accompanist, at a cost to you, for all instruments except Piano;

  • Violin

  • Trumpet

  • Cello

  • Flute

  • Saxophone

  • Clarinet

For the following instruments you can choose to use an accompanist or a backing track;

  • Voice

  • Guitar

  • Drums

If you would like help in finding an accompanist, please put this request in writing, via email. We can assist in finding an accompanist or your teacher may be able to accompany you for the exam.


Can I use photocopies of music in the exam?

AMEB is quite strict on this and DO NOT allow photocopies of music in the exam.

Loose sheet music that has been legally purchased and printed from the internet is permitted however we recommend taking these pieces in a display folder to keep the sheets together.

Click here for more information and frequently asked questions. 

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