What does it all mean?
AMEB piano grade levels are designed to cover 3 main sections
of learning; Beginner (Level 1), Intermediate (Level 2), and
Advanced (Level 3).
In order to be awarded a pass for a specific practical grade
level, you must have achieved the equivalent written theory
(musicianship) grade. Following an examination, students are
given a mark by the examiner from D though A, with A+ being
the highest possible mark.
At the advanced level, students are not actually given a mark.
Instead, they are simply presented with 'No Award', 'Award',
or 'Award with Distinction'. The current pass-rate for candidates
at the Associate level is 30%, giving an indication of the level
of difficulty and overall expectation.
Beginner Level (Preliminary
to Grade 4)
Students who achieve the first 5 grade levels (preliminary
through to grade 4), will have sufficient technical ability
to be able to confidently read music and play piano. The majority
of students who choose to learn piano via the AMEB syllabus,
often complete (at the very least) the first 5 grade levels.
Intermediate Level (Grade
5 - Certificate C.Mus A)
Students who make the decision to progress beyond the Beginner
Level, will continue to develop their techniques and abilities
to a much higher level. The intermediate level (often termed
the 'development' level), prepares students for performance,
whilst focusing on a more refined suppleness, interpretation,
agility, endurance and playing integrity.
Certificate Level (C.Mus A)
The Certificate Level (C.MusA - Certificate of Music Australia'),
is the last of the intermediate (or developmental) levels, and
provides students with a transitional music certificate (just
below that of undergraduate level in a conservatorium), as they
prepare for the challenges of Associate Level.
Associate Level (A.Mus A)
The Associate Level (A.MusA - 'Associate of Music Australia')
is considered to be the equivalent of an undergraduate qualification
at a conservatorium, and prepares students for professional
During an examination, the student must deliver a music program
that exceeds 30 minutes in duration, and is no longer than 40
minutes. All music selected by the student must be committed
to (and performed from) memory, whilst two (2) examiners are
Licentiate Level (L.Mus A)
The Licentiate Level (L.MusA - 'Licentiate of Music Australia')
is the highest possible level achievable through the Australian
Music Examination Board, and requires students to have achieved
near-perfect mastery of the piano.
With a rigorous examination process (often termed a 'federal'
examination) and a program that is approximately 1 hour in duration,
the Licentiate qualification is the holy grail of piano qualifications,
with a national pass-rate of just 10%, once again giving an
indication of the level of difficulty and overall expectation.
As with the Associate Level, all music selected by the student
must be committed to (and performed from) memory, whilst two
(2) examiners are present.
Fellowship Level (F.Mus A)
The Fellowship Level (F.MusA - 'Fellowship of Music Australia')
is considered to be more of an honorary title, generally acknowledging
the outstanding mastery of a particular musician on a particular
instrument. It is expected (although not a requirement) that
honorary members have achieved their A.Mus A or L.Mus A.
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