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AMEB Grading Descriptors:

Criteria for Music Assessment

  • Levels 1 and 2

    The syllabus objectives are nationally agreed statements to which candidates and teachers work and upon which they expect to be assessed.

    In addition to the syllabus objectives, the AMEB has established detailed grading criteria. These criteria for assessment are to be used to measure a candidate achievement against the objectives for the level and the specific requirements for the grade.

    HIGH DISTINCTION A+
    In addition to satisfying the requirements for an A grading (below), the candidate demonstrates outstanding achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all Sections, including performance flair, consistent technical fluency and penetrating stylistic insight.

    HONOURS A
    The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all Sections, in terms of musicianship, security of technique (including intonation, tone, phrasing, articulation, rhythm), and stylistic awareness.

    HIGH CREDIT  B+
    In addition to satisfying the requirements for a B grading (below), the candidate demonstrates meritorious achievement against most of the syllabus objectives.

    CREDIT B
    The candidate demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement with appropriate development of musicianship, technique and stylistic awareness in accordance with the syllabus objectives. Some unevenness of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives or between different Sections of the examination may be apparent.

    PASS WITH MERIT   C+
    In addition to satisfying the requirements for a C grading (below), the candidate demonstrates more than adequate achievement against some of the syllabus objectives in each Section.

    PASS  C
    The candidate demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in musicianship, technique and style in accordance with the syllabus objectives. Considerable unevenness of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives, or between different Sections of the examination, may be apparent.

    NOT SATISFACTORY D
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style and does not satisfy the syllabus objectives. Often this has resulted from inadequate preparation. Presentation is often hesitant, evidencing technical errors and/or an inappropriate sense of style.

  • Level 3 (AMusA and LMusA)

    ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA (AMusA)

    AWARD WITH DISTINCTION
    To qualify for an award with distinction, the candidate must fulfil the criteria for a pass award and in addition demonstrate performance flair, consistent technical and musical command and penetrating stylistic insight.

    AWARD
    To qualify for an award at Associate level, the candidate must fulfil the syllabus objectives to a level that meets the technical and musical demands of the repertoire and produces a satisfying musical performance overall.

    NO AWARD
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style, resulting in a performance that does not yet fulfil the requirements for the award.

    LICENTIATE DIPLOMA (LMusA)

    AWARD WITH DISTINCTION
    To qualify for an award with distinction, the candidate must fulfil the criteria for a pass award and in addition demonstrate performance flair, consistent technical and musical command and penetrating stylistic insight.

    AWARD
    To qualify for an award at Licentiate level, the candidate must fulfil the syllabus objectives, reaching a level of achievement that meets the technical and musical demands of the repertoire and produces a coherent and accomplished musical performance overall.

    NO AWARD
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style, resulting in a performance that does not yet fulfil the requirements for the award.

  • Criteria for Speech Assessment

    The following criteria are to be used to measure a candidate achievement against the objectives for the level and the specific requirements for the grade.

    HIGH DISTINCTION A+
    In addition to satisfying the criteria for the award of an A grading (below), the candidate demonstrates outstanding achievement in all areas of performance and preparation. For group exams the group demonstrates outstanding achievement in all areas of teamwork.

    HONOURS A
    The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in terms of reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics. For group exams the group demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement.


    CREDIT WITH MERIT  B+
    In addition to satisfying the criteria for the award of a B grading (below), the candidate demonstrates meritorious achievement against most criteria. For group reports, the group demonstrates meritorious achievement in group work.

    CREDIT B
    The candidate demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement, with appropriate development of reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics.  Some unevenness of achievement between these criteria, or different parts of the examination, may be apparent. For group reports, the group demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement in group work.

    PASS WITH MERIT  C+
    In addition to satisfying the criterion for the award of a C grading (below), the candidate demonstrates more than adequate achievement against some of the criteria. For group reports, the group demonstrates more than adequate achievement in group work.

    PASS C
    The candidate demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics. Considerable unevenness in achievement between these criteria, or different parts of the examination, may be apparent. For group reports the group demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in group work.

    NOT SATISFACTORY D
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics. Often this has resulted from deficiencies in preparation or a hesitant presentation evidencing technical errors and an inappropriate sense of style. In group exams, the group demonstrates an overall inadequate level of achievement in group work.

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