Syllabus in focus: Percussion Syllabus in focus: Percussion The AMEB is currently preparing for the launch of our brand new Percussion syllabus, due for release on 15 November This is a very exciting project for us, as it represents a huge leap forward in terms of what the AMEB can offer teachers and students of percussion. This includes: Grade books for Preliminary to Grade 4, which contain all the examinable repertoire for these first five grades of the Percussion syllabus. Percussion Technical work Level 1 , which contains all of the Technical work requirements for Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4 Percussion Technical work Level 2 , which contains all of the technical work requirements for Level 2 Grade 5 to Grade 8 Percussion sight-reading , which contains over graded examples of sight reading, similar to that which may be encountered in an AMEB examination. Certificate of Performance, conceived both as a capstone recital-type experience at the end of Level 2 and as preparation for the challenges of the diploma examinations in Level 3. Associate and Licentiate diplomas, which bring the new Percussion syllabus into line with other AMEB syllabuses by offering the two recital-style examinations that constitute Level 3.
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How do I view the new Percussion syllabus? The manual and the digital syllabus were released in mid-November The Percussion syllabus represents a complete revision of what the AMEB makes available to percussion students and teachers: The technical work is completely new and features custom-composed studies at each grade to streamline the learning and examination of technical work, and to provide a musical context that will help to make the study of technical work more enjoyable for students and teachers alike.
All of the repertoire candidates need to do a Level 1 exam can be found in the grade book for that grade; there are no Manual Lists in Level 1. The Level 2 Grade 5 to Certificate of Performance and Level 3 Associate and Licentiate Manual Lists will be printed in the Manual of syllabuses and feature hundreds of works from the best Percussion resources worldwide, also closely linked to the Technical work at each grade where applicable.
All Level 2 and Level 3 selections have also been made with careful consideration of the logistics of examining Percussion. Which grades does the syllabus cover? What publications has AMEB produced to support the syllabus?
For the very first time, AMEB is releasing a suite of Percussion publications to support the new syllabus. This includes: Grade books for Preliminary to Grade 4, which contain all the examinable repertoire for these first five grades of the Percussion syllabus Percussion Technical work Level 1 , which contains all of the Technical work requirements for Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4 Percussion Technical work Level 2 , which contains all of the Technical work requirements for Level 2 Grade 5 to Grade 8 Percussion Sight-reading , which contains over graded examples of sight reading, similar to that which may be encountered in an AMEB examination.
How do I get hold of the repertoire for the new syllabus? Where do I find the Technical work for the new syllabus? All of the Technical work for the new Percussion syllabus is contained in Percussion Technical work Level 1 and Percussion Technical work Level 2 These books present the required technical work rudiments, studies, scales and arpeggios for Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4 and Level 2 Grade 5 to Grade 8 in a logical and straightforward manner.
What other resources are available to students and teachers preparing for an AMEB exam using the new Percussion syllabus? This volume includes a series of graded tests and recordings at each grade level to assist candidates preparing for the Aural tests portion of AMEB practical exams. The tests include exam instructions, task descriptions, recordings and helpful hints.
In the early grades, only minimal instrumental resources are required. All of the tuned percussion technical work and repertoire can be performed on any keyboard percussion instrument with sufficient range.
All of the timpani technical work Preliminary to Grade 3 can be completed on a pair of low toms, and the untuned requirements can be covered with a snare and a hand drum, with some pieces involving a low tom and kick drum also.
From Grade 5 onwards, technical work and repertoire must be performed on the instrument stipulated by the composer. Where no instrument is stipulated, candidates must use an instrument with sufficient range and that sounds appropriate for the work. In Level 1 Preliminary to Grade 4 , all of the technical work studies are accompanied, while the repertoire features a mixture of accompanied and unaccompanied works. In Level 2 Grade 5 to Grade 8 , all of the technical work studies are unaccompanied and the repertoire features a mixture of accompanied and unaccompanied works.
Certificate of Performance, Associate and Licentiate exams have no separately examined technical work component and the repertoire features a mixture of accompanied and unaccompanied works. Recognising that access to an accompanist to prepare for an exam can be problematic for some students, AMEB is currently developing digital accompaniments for select AMEB syllabuses. Percussion will be the first instrument to have accompaniment recordings produced.
If AMEB percussion exams are scheduled at a time that students cannot attend, are there any alternatives? Generally, if there is sufficient demand and an examiner and suitable venue are available, AMEB can arrange an alternative examination time. Who will examine percussion students? AMEB specialist percussion examiners who are percussionists themselves. How long will the old syllabus remain relevant and be examined? The new syllabus is available for examination from No combination of the syllabuses is permitted.
During these two years the new syllabus will be evaluated and from the start of the previous Percussion syllabus will no longer be available for examination. AMEB communications.
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General Each AMEB subject has a corresponding syllabus which outlines the requirements for an examination. AMEB syllabuses set educationally appropriate goals across a wide range of practical and written subjects, from beginner level through grades and onto tertiary entrance standard. AMEB syllabuses are designed by leading scholars and performers and are regularly updated. They take into account feedback from teachers, parents, students and any other interested stakeholders. The Accordion syllabus has also been revised.
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These include the age of the current syllabus, its general suitability as reported to us by candidates, teachers and examiners, the currency of publications featured on the manual lists, and whether the pedagogical models on which it was based are now considered outdated. These include: Grade books for Preliminary to Grade 4, which contain a wide variety of examinable repertoire for these first five grades of the Double Bass syllabus. The Certificate of Performance is conceived both as a capstone recital-type experience at the end of Level 2 and as preparation for the challenges of the diploma examinations in Level 3. The repertoire selections for the syllabus and grade books were made to appeal to a broad range of musical tastes.
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