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AMEB Newsletter – June 2016

Upcoming enrolment closing dates

Friday 17 June 2016:
Enrolments close for Metro Music examinations – Period 1 (postcodes 2000–2071)
Enrolments close for all face-to-face August written examinations
Friday 24 June 2016:
Enrolments close for Metro Music examinations – Period 2 (postcodes 2072–2112)
Enrolments close for the Music Diploma session (LMusA, FMusA, AMusA and Teaching Diplomas)
Enrolments close for Speech and Drama Metro session – Period 1 (postcodes 2000–2109)

Please see 2016 Examination Dates  for all later 2016 closing dates.

Start your online enrolment

If you have any questions about using the new AMEB Connect or are experiencing difficulties, please email: or call us on 9367 8456 between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays. Our AMEB (NSW) staff will be happy to help you.

AMEB (NSW) Diploma Presentation Ceremony

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On Sunday 13 March, the Annual Diploma Presentation Ceremony was held at UNSW. We celebrate teaching excellence and applaud the winners of our new teaching trophies introduced for the first time for the 2015 examination year.

The 2015 winners are listed below:

Category Grades Instr/Subject Name
Private teacher Preliminary to Grade 6 Keyboard Carol Chi-Ying Lin
Private teacher Preliminary to Grade 6 Woodwind Rie Tamaru
Private teacher Preliminary to Grade 6 Strings Yan Zhuang
Private teacher Preliminary to Grade 6 Brass Catherine Walmsley
Private teacher Preliminary to Grade 6 Singing Elizabeth Willis
Private teacher Grade 7 to Licentiate Piano Neta Anne Maughan AM
Private teacher Grade 7 to Licentiate Instrumental/Vocal Jocelyn Edey Fazzone
Private teacher Preliminary to Licentiate Speech and Drama Victoria Clancy
Private teacher All Grades CPM or Percussion Jamie Martens
Private teacher Preliminary to Licentiate Written subjects Helen Lowry
Studio/music school Preliminary to Grade 6 All subjects Con Brio School of Music
Studio/music school Grade 7 to Licentiate All subjects Con Brio School of Music
Accredited school All Grades All subjects Sydney Grammar School

We would also like to congratulate the other talented teachers who achieved a top 5 or top 10 placing in these highly contested categories.

Who should be the enroller?

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Music and Speech teachers have a very busy schedule and many of you get only 30 to 45 minutes with each student per week. Consequently, quite a few teachers are happy to leave the job of enrolling to the student’s parents.

Before you hand this task over to the parent, it may be worth pondering the implications of encouraging families to enrol their own child. Keep the following points in mind:

AMEB now delivers Rockschool examinations

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Do you have a young musician in the family who really loves to play modern rock and pop songs in preference to the classics? Is your pianist, singer or guitarist looking for modern hits to play just for fun and to break up their practice routine? The AMEB (NSW) shop now carries the full range of Rockschool publications for singers, guitarists, bass players, keyboard players and drummers of all ability levels. This fun repertoire be enjoyed by all young music lovers, regardless of their examination choice

Singers can enjoy singing hits of Adele, Jessie J and Rihanna; acoustic guitarists can work on songs by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift; and pianists can enjoy playing hits from Wicked, Bruno Mars and Diana Krall.

Call into the AMEB (NSW) Shop in the Sydney CBD to look through these great books, or visit the Rock School website for more information about these publications and the structure of Rockschool examinations.

Studio 14 available for hire

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Diploma candidates will be thrilled to know that the AMEB Diploma studio and its beautiful Kawai Shigeru grand piano are now available for hire from Monday to Friday for a cost of $60 per hour, subject to availability. Please use the booking form available on our website.

Because studio bookings are in high demand during August and September, a TryBooking website will be available during this period to make instant bookings. More information will be available closer to this time.

Speech and Drama news

The Speech and Drama community came from far afield for an informative and entertaining Workshop ‘In Tune’ at Clarence Street in February.

An engaging keynote address was given by the Head of Acting at NIDA, John Bashford, on Classical Voice & Performance in the Modern World.

Amy Hume presented the session In the Candidate's Voice that focused on bringing a student's own voice, individuality and creativity into the exam situation.

Amy was one of the Voice / Dialect Coaches on the Sydney production of Matilda the Musical. She is part of the voice team at NIDA, ATYP and the Sydney Theatre School. Amy trained in New York and prior to this, she was an AMEB speech and drama student. She continues to prepare young performers for AMEB Exams.

AMEB Examiners Judith Burgess, Robyn Fraser, Victoria Clancy and Noel Cislowski AM completed the day with sessions on a variety of topics relevant to teaching and AMEB exams.

Finally, congratulations to Noel Cislowski on his 2016 Australia Day Honours award. Noel is pictured here with Irene Inkson, Victoria Clancy and Maree Lucas.

Examiner news

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“I love his music. Grant Foster has a rare
ability to compose melodic and imaginative works
demonstrating a high level of sophistication.”
Richard Bonynge

We congratulate talented composer (and AMEB (NSW) examiner!) Grant Foster on the launch of his new recording When Love Speaks in Melbourne last month.

Having previously composed works that have been successfully performed by artists, orchestras and opera singers in London, France, St Petersburg and Moscow, his most recent project combines his talents as a composer and pianist. When Love Speaks includes six recent compositions for solo piano together with the Elegy – a memorial tribute to his friend and one-time colleague, Sir Robert Helpmann.

Staff news

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Minhong Ye joined AMEB (NSW) in January this year as a Client Services Officer and many of you will already be familiar with her if you have visited our Clarence Street examination facility or our Level 6 Shop. Min speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, and with a background at both the Education Department and the office of Taronga Zoo, she is happy to add another colourful workplace to her résumé.

Syllabus news

Advance notice of removal of the FMusA and FSDA

The Federal Board of AMEB has made a decision to remove the Fellowship in Music Australia and the Fellowship in Speech and Drama Australia as a public examination from the end of 2018.

This means that from 1 January 2019, members of the public will no longer be able to enrol and sit for these examinations. It is the intention of the Board to retain these awards as honorary awards to be bestowed at the discretion of the Board.

A formal 12-month notice will be given of the withdrawal of these syllabuses in the 2017 Manual of Syllabuses for Music and Speech and Drama. This early notice is intended to give anyone who has been preparing for the examination the opportunity to complete the examination before its withdrawal.

Professional development opportunities

Music Teachers’ Association Conference

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The Music Teachers' Association of NSW proudly announces Conference 2016: Teaching Tomorrow to be held on 7-8 October at the Grand Pittwater Function Centre, North Ryde RSL.

Presenters, including keynote speaker Prof Anna Reid, Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium, will present topics to stimulate and bring new life to your teaching. The Conference concludes with the forum entitled Are You Ready for Tomorrow?

This conference can count towards Teacher Identified Professional Development hours for accreditation purposes. A Certificate of Completion will be available upon request.

More information and registration forms are now available or contact the MTA office on 02 9570 1436 (free call 1800 02 1436) for a brochure and more details.

Recital by Eugene Alcalay

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Recital and Workshop at Central Coast Conservatorium by Steinway artist Eugene Alcalay

As a Steinway artist, Dr Eugene Alcalay performs internationally and is currently professor at the University of Wisconsin. Born in Romania, Eugene began playing the piano at age two and composing at age eight. In 1984 he came under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein, who affirmed his outstanding talent as both a performer and composer.  Aided by Maestro Bernstein, Eugene continued his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music and then The Juilliard School, where he attained Masters and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance.

The Central Coast Conservatorium is privileged to have this international artist include Gosford on his world tour.  Dr Alcalay will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninov in a one off recital in the Robert Knox Hall, Central Coast Conservatorium on Saturday 18 June at 7.00 pm. Dr Alcalay will also present a workshop in the afternoon. Details and tickets are available from the Conservatorium (Phone 4324 7477)

Student opportunities

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The Women’s College Music Scholarships

Music scholarship opportunities for students interested in studying either performance or composition at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney are now open. Visit The Women's College website to apply for the 2017 academic year. Submissions close at 5 pm on Tuesday 4 October 2016.


Theme & Variations Piano Services: 2016 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Piano Sale

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New and pre-loved pianos
4 days only, Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July
9958 9800

Find out more.

Music Theory Classes for Adults

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Tell your students!

These intensive 8-week Musicianship courses explore the secrets of classical and contemporary music. Exams are optional. An excellent opportunity for adult music students to discover new skills or refresh old ones.

Find out more.

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