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Celebrating 100 Years: the Australian Music Examinations Board

Glenn Riddle

The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy | Published : 2019


The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) marked a major milestone in 2018 by celebrating its centenary of conducting music examinations throughout all regions of Australia. This essay provides a summary of the major achievements of the Board and its current practices. The essay traces the development of the AMEB, the various exams conducted, its cohorts, its performance streams, the composition of its syllabi, the approaches to piano teaching that it encourages, and the ways it has adapted to changing societal needs. It argues that the AMEB's impact on music education in Australia has been profound, and that it is widely recognised as an evolving curriculum that understands the wide-ra..

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