Criteria for Use of Private Studios
The AMEB (NSW) can from time to time send an examiner to a private studio to examine students of the studio owner or school. This policy has been developed to ensure that examinations can be conducted adequately in a safe environment and ensure the health and wellbeing of candidates, examiners and other participants.
Studios must meet the AMEB (NSW) minimum standards as outlined below.
A minimum of four hours of examining per instrument category, or speech & drama, must be in place before an examiner will be scheduled to examine at a private studio or school.
Private studio owners/managers must complete the Private Studio Details form and meet the standards expressed in the criteria.
Exceptions to the Private Studio Policy criteria may be considered by the AMEB (NSW) State Manager if requested at the time of enrolment.
- A clean, tidy and comfortable room which is well ventilated and well lit, and has suitable heating/cooling.
- Free of disturbance from external sounds, eg students warming up in other rooms, and with no visible access from other rooms.
- A performance space of adequate size for the syllabus being examined, eg a piano studio must be at least 3 metres x 4 metres. Some other instruments, Voice and Speech & Drama will require larger spaces.
- Parking onsite, or free untimed parking within walking distance.
- Close to public transport for metropolitan studios.
- Easy access for disabled persons involved in the examination, eg examiners, candidates, accompanists etc.
- A separate waiting area with seating for candidates and accompanying persons.
- Clean, easily accessible toilet and hand-washing/drying facilities (with disposable paper towels or a separate hand towel for the examiner).
- Tea/coffee facilities for the examiner.
- Lunch facilities which are reasonably accessible to the studio.
- A piano with a standard size keyboard that has been tuned within one month of the examinations, in good condition with an even and responsive touch, tuned to C=522.
- Digital pianos may be used only for Level 1 piano examinations, ie P Plate Piano and Preliminary to Grade 4.
- A firm, stable chair or piano stool, preferably adjustable.
- A stable adjustable music stand for instrumental and Voice candidates (if required).
- A solid desk/table for the examiner to write on which is at a reasonable height and size (90cm x 60cm) with a clear working surface, ie free of table cloth, vases etc. (card tables are not acceptable).
- A chair for the examiner that is a suitable height to the desk/table, and is preferably adjustable (garden chairs are not acceptable).
- A suitable chair for the page turner (if required).
- A suitable chair for instrumental music candidates or Speech & Drama candidates.
- If there is no accompanist, a good sound system that has been tested must be provided. Candidates will be expected to operate the sound system.
- Furniture arranged appropriately for the instrument being examined:
Piano: requires the examiner to have a clear view of the candidate’s hands and the keyboard.
Other instruments and Voice: requires the candidate to have eye contact with the accompanist and the examiner to have a clear view of the candidate.
Speech and Drama: the examiner has an unobstructed view of the candidate/s.
Health and safety
- Provision of a First Aid kit.
- Examiners, students, teachers and parents made aware of emergency exits and that these exits are clear of any obstacles or debris.
- The studio must be set up no later than 30 minutes before the start time of the first examination.
- The host, or host’s representative, will meet the examiner and escort him or her to the examination studio.
- Teachers are not to discuss their students with the examiner.
- Recording any part of any AMEB examination is not permitted.
- Gifts cannot be accepted by examiners.
- Timetables must not be changed on the examination day. If teachers need to re-arrange candidate examination times, they must contact the AMEB office at least two business days before the examination date.
- An AMEB (NSW) examiner may mark a student ‘absent’ if they do not attend at their allocated time.
Studio inspections and feedback
- AMEB (NSW) examiners will complete and submit a Private Studio Report to the AMEB (NSW) office after each examination day.
- Private studio owners are expected to address any issues identified in these reports before further examinations are scheduled in the future.
- The AMEB (NSW) may from time to time arrange to inspect the studio to ensure that it continues to meet the criteria.
- Private studio owners are responsible for ensuring they have a current Public Liability Insurance policy for a minimum of $20 million. This can be included in their house insurance policy.