Changes to Set Works in 2020

Changes to Set Works in 2020

 

In 2020 several changes are being introduced to the Set Works component for Grades 5 and 6 in both Theory of Music and Musicianship syllabuses.

 

These changes apply to both online and paper-based exams and are outlined in their entirety below.

 

To find out more about our paper-based exams, which are now available throughout the year, please contact your local state office.

  

When are the changes taking place?

 

·       2020 format exams will be available for purchase from the 1st of January 2020. Exams purchased in 2020 can only use the 2020 syllabus.

·       Any candidate who purchased an online exam in 2019 will be examined on the 2019 syllabus, unless they contact the AMEB federal office to request to be transferred to the 2020 syllabus. Candidates who are being examined on the 2019 syllabus will have 12 months from the date of purchase to complete that exam.

Please note that:

 

·       Any candidate who purchased an Online Exam for one of the affected grades in 2019 will not be automatically switched to the 2020 syllabus format.

·       Extensions for 2019 syllabus exams will not be permitted past 31st December 2020.

  

What resources are available?

 

Candidates who purchase any of AMEB's online exams are given unlimited attempts at our online practice exams. Practice exams for the 2020 syllabus are now available.

 

 Additionally, AMEB is providing:

 

·       SAMPLE PAPERS:  PDF sample papers are now available for each grade that feature new set works. These can be accessed via this page for Theory of Music, and this page for Musicianship.

·       WRITTEN ANALYSES: Analyses are now available, for purchase, on each of the set works for Theory of Music Grades 5 & 6 from the AMEB shop.  Analyses for Musicianship Grades 5 & 6 will be available from mid-January 2020.

·       FREE SCORE: For Grade 6 Theory of Music candidates, a score of Handel's Overture from Alcina HWV 34 is now available as a free download via this link. Please note that the AMEB is not providing scores to any other set works from either syllabus.

 

What are the changes?

 

Grade 5 Theory of Music

 

Prior to 2020, Grade 5 Theory of Music has not contained a Set Works component. From 2020, Set Works questions will replace some of the General Knowledge questions concerning: Minuet and Trio; Scherzo; Recitative and Aria. Analysis of works at sight in these genres will no longer be included in the exam. However, please note that the candidate may still be asked questions on an Air with variations excerpt at sight in the exam.

 

The set works for Grade 5 Theory of Music in 2020 are:

MOZART, Divertimento in E flat major K 563, Minuet and Trio, third movement

HANDEL, Comfort ye my people AND Ev’ry valley shall be exalted from Messiah HWV 56 Part 1

 

Candidates will be required to answer questions on each of the works. Analyses are now available for purchase from the AMEB shop.

A PDF sample paper for Grade 5 Theory of Music (2020 Syllabus) can be accessed via this link.

 

The General Knowledge section of the Grade 5 Theory exam as outlined in the 2020 Manual of Syllabuses 2020 will still include questions on all the stated genres: Minuet and Trio; Scherzo; Air with variations; Recitative (accompagnato and secco) and Aria. Students should familiarise themselves with these forms in general terms as well as studying the two Set Works.

 

These changes apply to all paper-based exams in 2020 as well as online exams purchased from 1st of January 2020. Online exams purchased prior to 1 January 2020 will be in the old format, without the set works questions, and will be valid in that format for 12 months from the date of purchase.

 

Please note that there are no additional changes to the Grade 5 Theory of Music Syllabus.

  

Grade 6 Theory of Music

  

The set works for Grade 6 Theory of Music in 2020 are:

 

MOZART, Piano concerto No 23 in A major K 488, second movement

BEETHOVEN, Symphony No 5 in C minor Op. 67, first movement

HANDEL, Overture from Alcina HWV 34

 

Candidates will be required to answer questions on each of the works. Analyses are now available for purchase from the AMEB shop. A score for Handel's Overture from Alcina HWV 34 is available here as a free download. 

 

A PDF sample paper for Grade 6 Theory of Music (2020 Syllabus) can be accessed via this link.

 

In 2020 format exams, candidates will no longer be asked questions on:

 

BEETHOVEN, Symphony No 3 in E flat major Op. 55, first and second movements.

 

These changes apply to all paper-based exams in 2020 as well as online exams purchased from 1st of January 2020. Online exams purchased prior to 1 January 2020 will be in the old format, and will be valid in that format for 12 months from the date of purchase.

 

Grade 5 Musicianship

 

The set works for Grade 5 Musicianship in 2020 are:

 

FINZI, O mistress mine from Let us garlands bring Op. 18 No 4

MOZART, String quartet No 14 in G Major K 387, first movement

SCHUBERT, Frühlingstraum from Winterreise D 911 [any edition in F major]

  

Candidates will be required to answer questions on each of the works. Analyses will also be made available by the AMEB. 

 

A PDF sample paper for Grade 5 Musicianship (2020 Syllabus) can be accessed via this link.

 

In 2020 format exams, candidates will no longer be asked questions on: 

 

SCHUBERT, Erlkönig D 328

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, The Vagabond

MOZART, String quintet K 614, first movement

 

These changes apply to all paper-based exams in 2020 as well as online exams purchased from 1st of January 2020. Online exams purchased prior to 1 January 2020 will be in the old format, and will be valid in that format for 12 months from the date of purchase.

 

Grade 6 Musicianship

 

The set works for Grade 6 Musicianship in 2020 are:

 

CHOPIN, Nocturnes Op. 15 [complete work]

SCHUMANN, Piano quintet in E flat major Op. 44, first movement

 

Candidates will be required to answer questions on each of the works. Analyses will also be made available by the AMEB. 

 

A PDF sample paper for Grade 6 Musicianship (2020 Syllabus) can be accessed via this link.

 

In 2020 format exams, candidates will no longer be asked questions on:

 

DEBUSSY, Préludes 1-6 from Préludes Book 1

BRAHMS, Piano quartet in C minor Op. 60, first movement

 

These changes apply to all paper-based exams in 2020 as well as online exams purchased from 1st of January 2020. Online exams purchased prior to 1 January 2020 will be in the old format, and will be valid in that format for 12 months from the date of purchase.