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Stay up to date with the latest details about news and events from the AMEB.

Have you been impacted by the recent bushfires?

If you have had any AMEB certificates issued by our office that were damaged or destroyed in the recent bushfires, we will replace those certificates at no cost. Please contact our office on or 08 8313 8088 and let us know your details as well as the exam information. We will organise replacement certificates to be posted out to you.

The Federal AMEB office has offered to replace any AMEB published materials that may have been damaged or destroyed in the bushfires. If you would like to make a claim, please call AMEB on 1300 725 709 or send an email to, outlining which books you need and where you would like those books sent. Please refer to the AMEB Online Shop for the full selection of AMEB published materials and books available.

Entering for Practical Exams

All exam entries are now through AMEB Score. Please see the Entering for an AMEB Exam page for step-by-step guides on entering and access to Score.

2020 Office Hours

9am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

9am - 1pm Tuesday and Thursday

New Trumpet Syllabus

Following the comprehensive review of the Trumpet Manual Lists in 2017, the technical work requirements have been updated, and a new collection of Trumpet teaching and learning resources has been released: Trumpet Technical work & orchestral excerpts (2019), a new series of grade books (Trumpet Series 2) for Preliminary to Grade 4, AMEB Recorded accompaniments for Trumpet Series 2 (Preliminary to Grade 3), and Trumpet Sight-reading & transposition. The revised syllabus introduces two new examinations, Preliminary at the beginning of the syllabus and Certificate of Performance, which serves both to cap the Level 2 examinations as well as prepare candidates for the requirements of the Level 3 examinations.

What syllabus am I using?

Visit the links below for more information:

Highlights of the AMEB Trumpet Syllabus Launch, Melbourne

The new trumpet publications can be purchased from our office. Please visit the office, call 8313 8088 or email with any enquiries or to make an order.

Paper-based Theory Exams in 2020

We are pleased to announce that a new, more flexible system has been introduced for AMEB traditional format (paper-based) theory exams.

From 2020, these exams will be available by application. This means candidates will be able to take their paper-based exams at a time and place approved by the SA & NT Office, that is convenient, rather than waiting for an annual scheduled session.

This format will be offered for Theory of Music exams in Grades 1 to 6 anytime during the examining year (March to November).

To protect the integrity and confidentiality of the exam papers, these exams will be held in groups of minimum size of 5 candidates, usually hosted by schools, teachers or studios, under strictly controlled conditions. A school or teacher with a group of five or more candidates may apply to host paper-based Theory of Music examinations on any convenient date from March through to November. A group may comprise candidates undertaking any Theory of Music grade or written diploma examination at the same time. Teachers may wish to collaborate to arrange a group of acceptable size and groups can comprise students of the same grade or mixed grades.

Download the: Paper-based Theory Exam Application Form

If you are unable to organise a group of 5 or more, you may submit your form to be held at the AMEB SA & NT until we receive enough entries to combine into a suitable group. Payment will not be processed until there is a group of at least five candidates, a suitable supervisor, and venue.

Applications will need to be lodged with AMEB SA & NT at least six weeks before the proposed examination date, to enable unique exam papers to be prepared and printed.

August Theory session available for Music Craft Grades 5 and 6 and Speech Theory only

As Music Craft grades 5 and 6 and Speech Theory are not yet available in an online format, there will be a paper-based session scheduled on Wednesday 19th August 2020 to accommodate these exams. Candidates wishing to sit these exams will need to enter the August Paper-based Theory Session.

Rockschool Piano Old Syllabus withdrawal notice

The New Rockschool Piano Syllabus brings with it much excitement and fresh repertoire, and it also brings a whole set of new grade books! Teachers and students are advised that the old syllabus will remain available for examination until September 2020. After this only the new syllabus and new grade books can be used.

See the Rockschool Piano webpage for more info and free syllabus download.

CPM Ceasing 31st December 2020

Notice of withdrawal from examination: AMEB's Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) will cease to be available for examination from 31 December 2020 (including CPM Bass, Drum Kit, Guitar, Keyboard, and Vocals).

AMEB is continuing its partnership with RSL (UK) to offer a wide range of Rockschool exams and ecourages students who wish to be examined in popular music styles to consider purchasing the excellent Rockschool learning materials and to enroll for examination through AMEB SA & NT.

New Piano Syllabus

New Piano Syllabus

Recognising the need to remain current and in line with international best practice in music pedagogy, AMEB engaged a team of specialists from around the country, led by Principal Consultant David Lockett, to help guide a revision of the Piano syllabus for examination from 2019. It has now been launched!

Examinations from beginner Preliminary level through to pre-professional diploma level will be offered. The new publications include Series 18 grade books, handbooks and recordings from Preliminary through to Grade 8, a Technical work book in two volumes - Level 1 (Preliminary to Grade 4) and Level 2 (Grade 5 to Grade 8), and a Sight-reading book covering Preliminary through to Grade 8.

Level 2 (Grades 5 to 8) candidates will be able to choose either the Piano (solo) option or the new Piano (collaborative) option within the new syllabus. Taking the Piano (collaborative) option allows candidates to demonstrate ensemble skills by presenting works with an associate artist as part of the repertoire requirements (Section II) for the grade.

The new Piano syllabus will examined concurrently with the version of the Piano syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Manual of Syllabuses for two years. From the start of 2021 the previous Piano syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Please visit the dedicated site for up-to-date information on the new syllabus & publications, article, video clips and more.

For the ♥ of Music: Repertoire Examinations

Following the Recital examination trial (2017-2018), AMEB is proud to announce the launch of Repertoire examinations for all syllabuses (excluding For Leisure, Band, Ensemble Performance, and CPM syllabuses). From 2019 the traditional exam that will be familiar to most teachers and candidates will become known as the Comprehensive exam and candidates will be able to enroll in either the Comprehensive or the Repertoire exam for their chosen syllabus.

For a Repertoire exam candidates will need to prepare:

  • Repertoire pieces only. No separate technical work is required
  • 4 pieces (Level 1, Preliminary to Grade 4) and 5 pieces (Level 2, Grades 5 to 8).

Repertoire exams allow candidates to:

  • Focus on their technique through repertoire
  • Have the flexibility to choose a range of repertoire styles, including one Own Choice work (Level 1) and two Own Choice works (Level 2).

Changes to Mark Allocation for Online Theory Exams

As of the 1st of February 2019, the allocated marks for some of AMEB's Online Exams have changed. These changes affect three exams only: Theory of Music Grades 2 and 3, and Musicianship Grade 2.

The main result of these changes is that the transposition question will be worth fewer marks. There is no change to the question structure in any of these exams.

Find out more here

MyAMEB - Join the conversation!


Teachers, students, parents, and candidates are invited to join MyAMEB. Register to join the MyAMEB community at

  • Share about your involvement with AMEB - tell your MyAMEB story
  • Do you have a question about an AMEB syllabus or exam? AskAMEB
  • Participate in AMEB projects including Online Orchestra 2019
  • and Syllabus Reviews
  • Access AMEB Teacher Tips

Hard Copy Theory Papers

From 2018, the AMEB (SA&NT) office will no longer be stocking past theory papers for teachers and students to buy for practice purposes. Hard copy theory papers are still available to order through the Federal AMEB Shop.

Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching

The Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching is designed to upgrade the knowledge, skills and understanding of in-service instrumental music teachers to be eligible to apply for Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach from the Teachers' Registration Board of SA.

Click here for more information or contact the Elder Conservatorium of Music for more information on 8313 5995.

Rockschool Logo 1

The AMEB is now delivering Rockschool exams and syllabuses in Australia.

Rockschool is a vibrant, contemporary music program of exams and globally recognised qualifications for guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, band-based keyboards and bands. Rockschool specialises in music of the most popular genres in a range of rock, pop, metal and funk styles.

The program offers comprehensive syllabuses and a range of exam support materials including grade books, companion guides, technical handbooks and backing recordings. These are regularly updated by musicians across the academic, music industry and live performance sectors to ensure the music remains current and authentic.

Click here to find out more

Recorded Accompaniments

The AMEB's recently released Recorded Accompaniments for use in study and examinations. The piano accompaniments have proved popular as a practice tool in particular, and also for use in early grade AMEB examinations. They feature performances of the accompaniment part for pieces in the corresponding AMEB grade books and we hope that they prove to be a valuable resource for students and teachers around the country.

Recorded accompaniments are available in hardcopy CDs from AMEB's Online Shop or as individual or album downloads from major digital music outlets like iTunesGoogle Play & Spotify.

AMEB's practice app MyTempo corresponds to the release of the Recorded Accompaniments, allowing users to speed up, slow down and loop any Recorded Accompaniment, backing track or recording through their smartphone or tablet at any speed they choose.

Visit the Recorded Accompaniments page for more information.

MyTempo - the Practice App!

The AMEB's MyTempo App allows students to speed up, slow down and loop any recording through their smartphone or tablet. MyTempo corresponds to the release of AMEB’s recorded accompaniments, allowing users to practise with the recorded accompaniment at any speed they choose. MyTempo is available for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple Store or from Google Play.

See how it works at the official MyTempo Webpage.

2019 Syllabuses

Available from the AMEB office, major retail outlets and the AMEB's Online Shop. Your orders will be delivered to your door.

All syllabuses are now available as digital downloads.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-5pm

The closure facilitates administrative processing.

If you cannot reach staff members when calling during opening hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as staff members have addressed the previous customer's queries.

2019 Hard Copy Theory Exam Dates

Please note the dates for 2019 hard copy exams are

August 20-21 ONLY.

There will be no May or October Hard Copy Session for Theory

On-Line Theory Examinations

The AMEB is continuing to expand its offering of online examinations in theory syllabi. On-line exams can be taken at any time with unlimited practice exams. Candidates receive results instantly for lower-grade exams, and within 3-4 business days for higher-grade exams. Successful candidate will receive their certificates in the mail after completing their exam.

On-line theory examinations now run in the following grades:

  • Theory of Music - Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • Grades 1 and 2 will be automatically marked with results available immediately.
    • Grades 3-6 will be manually marked with results available within 3-4 business days.
  • Musicianship - Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • Grades 1 and 2 will be automatically marked with results available immediately.
    • Grade 3-6 will be manually marked with results available within 3-4 business days.
  • Music Craft (Aural and Written) - Prelim, Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4
    • Grades Preliminary, 1 and 2 will be automatically marked with results available immediately.
    • Grade 3 and 4 will be manually marked with results available within 3-4 business days.

On-line examinations can be accessed from

Please call for further information.

  • State Office (08) 8313 8088
  • Federal Office 1300 725 709

On-line Theory Courses

Interactive online courses in Theory of Music are now available for teachers struggling to fit theory training into practical lesson time. The on-line courses allow students to learn at their own pace, either independently or by supporting what is learned in the classroom or private music studio. Once a student has successfully completed a course, they will be ready to do an AMEB exam in Theory of Music.

Online Courses for Theory of Music are now available for grades 1 & 2 and are accessible at


(Currently all staff are working remotely)
c/- University of Adelaide SA 5005 AUSTRALIA


T: +61 8 8313 8088