Changes to Set Works in 2020 Theory of Music and Musicianship Syllabuses

Changes to Set Works in 2020 Theory of Music and Musicianship Syllabuses

 

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 are outlined in their entirety below.

 

When are the changes taking place?

 

2020 format exams will be available for purchase on the 1st of January 2020. 

 

2019 format exams will remain on sale until 31st December 2019. Any candidate who purchases a 2019 format exam will have 12 months from the date of purchase to complete that exam.

 

Please note that:

 

  • Any candidate who purchases a 2019 format exam will not be automatically switched to the 2020 syllabus format.
  • Extensions for 2019 format exams will not be permitted past 31st December 2020.

  

What resources is the AMEB providing to help candidates prepare for the new exams?

 

Candidates who purchase any of AMEB's online exams are given unlimited attempts at our online practice exams. Practice exams for 2020 format exams will be available upon purchase after 1st January 2020.


Additionally, AMEB is providing:

  • A PDF sample paper for each exam for each affected grade, made available from 1st November 2019;
  • Written analyses of each set work, made available for purchase from 2nd December 2019;
  • For Grade 6 Theory of Music candidates, a score to Handel's Overture from Alcina HWV 34 will available for free download from 2nd December 2019. 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 the General Knowledge questions concerning: Minuet and Trio; Scherzo; Recitative; and Aria, in the works of Handel or Mozart. Please note that there are no additional changes to the Grade 5 Theory of Music Syllabus.

 

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 both of the works. Analyses of both of these works will also be made available by the AMEB.

 

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 will be made available by the AMEB, and a score to Handel's Overture from Alcina HWV 34 will available for free download.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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 both of the works. Analyses will also be made available by the AMEB.

 

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