Public Examinations


Students will have the opportunities to take public exams if they wish to. Each student will be assessed according to their technique skills and musicianship and will be sent to appropriate grade exams.

Why take a music exam?

  • Motivation and inspiration, working carefully toward a definite goal
  • A measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognised benchmarks
  • A standard and objective way to improve a student’s music skills
  • Assessed by a respected and independent musician who has been highly trained and is constantly monitored
  • Performance opportunities
  • A real sense of achievement
(Reference: ABRSM publication: These music exams by Clara Taylor)

Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB)

AMEB is the most popular music examination system in Australia. THE AMEB exists to provide a graded system of examinations in music, speech and drama, by offering high quality syllabuses, educative services to our teachers, examiners and candidates, and quality publications to the highest editorial standard.

As one of the most respected bodies in this field AMEB’s qualifications are recognised as a national benchmark across Australia. AMEB examinations are based on syllabuses designed by leading scholars and performers, regularly updated to ensure that they reflect an appropriate range of performance skills and the latest musicological research. The content of these syllabuses is, wherever practical, published in affordable editions, ensuring that the cost to students of acquiring a full range of the set pieces is as simple and inexpensive as possible.

Overall direction of AMEB activities is the responsibility of a Federal Board consisting of representatives of educational institutions that are signatories to the AMEB constitution, namely the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Western Australia, The Minster of Education, New South Wales, the Minister for Education, Training and Employment, Queensland, and the Minister for Education and Skills. Tasmania, through the University of Tasmania.

(Reference: http://www.ameb.edu.au/content/about-ameb)

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

ABRSM is the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 650,000 exams and assessments every year in 93 countries. ABRSM is committed to supporting high-quality music-making, learning and development throughout the world, and to producing the best possible resources for music teachers and students.

As part of ABRSM’s commitment to excellence in music education, they provide a rich resource of materials, from albums of repertoire for the earliest stages of learning to scholarly editions of the great composers. Their online presence includes SoundJunction, our award-winning site for music learners.

To build on ABRSM’s 120 years inspiring generations of musicians, They provide charitable donations, scholarships and sponsorships, as well as acting as an advocate for music education. ABRSM do all they can to give music a voice in public life because they believe they have the power to change people’s lives.

(Reference: http://au.abrsm.org/en/about-us/)

Trinity College London
From percussion to piano, saxophone to singing, Trinity College London provides a wide range of Grade and Certificate exams designed to nurture musical development at every level. Trinity College London graded music exams are designed to provide a structured learning framework which evaluates a student’s progress at every level. Music exams equip learners with real-life skills to help them become confident musicians and performers. Trinity exams are internationally recognised, with UCAS points available at the higher grades.
Trinity provides an internationally accredited, formal assessment process through an innovative diagnostic mark scheme within a flexible and contemporary suite of exams and publications.

(Reference: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1044)