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AMEB Newsletter – March 2018

Welcome to the first AMEB (NSW) newsletter for 2018.

Enrolments for the Metro First Session are due now. Please log in to AMEB Connect NSW and complete your enrolments online by midnight on Monday 5 March to avoid late fees.

Enrolments for examinations conducted in the second half of the year will open on Monday 26 March 2018. Please log in after this date to AMEB Connect NSW to enrol for:

Scheduling Requests

Enrollers should remember to check their students' diaries BEFORE enrolling for any dates that might need to be avoided during their examination period. Teachers are encouraged to email a link to the Enrolment Handbook to their student's families so they are clear about the enrolment process and the timelines involved. Keep any 'dates to avoid' requests brief and clear on your enrolment submission.


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Congratulations to our teenage AMEB candidates on their achievements in AMEB examinations and HSC music performances during 2017. The 19 outstanding HSC performers chosen for the 2017 HSC Encore Concerts at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Monday 19 February had the collective experience of 136 AMEB examinations under their belt, which helped these talented school leavers feel truly 'performance ready' for this prestigious venue. These young people wowed the Encore audiences with their performances on instruments as diverse as piano, guitar, pipe organ, drum kit and alto saxophone.

AMEB results of Grade 8 or higher also helped many dozens of 2017 HSC graduates boost their ATAR to gain entry to their preferred tertiary studies. Various universities such as ANU and UNSW offer an Elite Athletes and Performers Bonus Points scheme to attract enrolments from students who excel in the performing arts in addition to their school studies. These points can be used to facilitate entry to study in many fields including engineering, arts, science and more.

For more information about these schemes, contact the Admissions Centre of the university that the HSC student is interested in attending next year, or type 'Elite Performers Bonus Points University' into your preferred search engine.


The Riverina Conservatorium of Music (RCM) along with Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire made a special announcement, on Friday 16 February 2018, regarding funding from the NSW Government for the purchase and refurbishment of a new building for the RCM. AMEB (NSW) was delighted to support the Riverina Conservatorium in their funding application.

This special announcement is the single biggest investment in the state's history for a regional conservatorium.

RCM Director Hamish Tait, said he was "extremely excited" about the announcement. 'This building will secure the future of music education and performance across the Riverina now and for generations to come. It will provide world class cultural infrastructure for the whole community. The new building will be the premier performance venue for classical music across all of regional NSW. It will also attract visiting musicians nationally & internationally and will be a cultural hub for all of southern NSW while also providing cultural sector employment and significant economic stimulation for the city and region.'

RCM Chair Dr Andrew Wallace expressed his sincerest gratitude to Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire 'on behalf of the RCM board and staff we would like to acknowledge that this announcement would not have been possible without the tireless support of Daryl. His vision and diligence to ensure Wagga Wagga & the Riverina has a superior conservatorium of music needs to be commended.'

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Three successful teacher workshops were held during February to kick off the 2018 examination year. The first of these launched the new Piano for Leisure grade books from Preliminary to Grade 8, with teaching tips and stunning performances of the works in these publications from Melbourne piano teacher and syllabus consultant Tim Topham and acclaimed concert pianist and pedagogue Caroline Almonte.

The Oboe Workshop was also held on Sunday 4 February at the JMC Academy, where the technical work and repertoire for the new AMEB Oboe syllabus was showcased. Examiners and eachers discussed the pedagogical aspects and content of the syllabus, lead by Federal examiner and AMEB Chief Woodwind Examiner Jocelyn Fazzone, and Lecturer in Oboe at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Ngaire de Korte.

The following weekend, a third workshop was held for Speech and Drama teachers, focussing on successful preparation for Diploma level examinations.  Attended by dozens of teachers and students of Speech and Drama, a myriad of tips were provided to help students achieve success at the Diploma level in the AMEB Speech syllabuses.

Future workshop opportunities will be announced in eNews broadcasts later in the year. Keep your eyes open!


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AMEB (Federal and NSW State) will be celebrating our first hundred years with a variety of events as the year progresses. Keep an eye out in your eNews updates for details about these events, including a Centenary Concert and the launch of a coffee table book celebrating 100 years of the AMEB. Successful candidates this year will receive a unique commemorative certificate with a Centenary design and logo to mark the occasion.


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What is a Recital examination?

This is a shorter examination that requires the candidate to perform a program of works only. Technical work, aural and sight reading skills and general knowledge are not examined in this trial format.

What instruments are offered in the Recital examination format?

For the 2018 trial year, this examination is still available for:


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