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JAM AMEB Information

What is AMEB?

AMEB stands for Australian Music Examinations Board. It is constituted under the agency of the NSW Education Standards Authroity (NESA) and AMEB credentials are recognised professionally world-wide.


What ages can sit AMEB exams?

AMEB exams are available to students of all ages and abilities. Most instruments offer a 'preliminary' level examination for students in their first year of learning. Students are encouraged to sit an exam each year to support their development and confidence as a musician. Exams can be taken at any stage of an individual's musical development.


How do I know I am ready for an exam?

Students and/or parents can consult directly with their JAM tutor or JAM Directors Nic Jeffries and/or Michael Walder to discuss the correct exam type and grade to undertake. Tutors will be able to provide guidance on how to best prepare for each exam, the sheet music and any additional practice required. 


What instruments and subjects are assessed under AMEB?

All instruments being tutored at JAM are eligible to undertake an AMEB exam including: 

Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba) 

Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon)

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

Piano and Keyboard



Rock School (Voice, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums)

Music Theory and Teaching

Are there different ‘types’ of exams?

Yes. Students, in consultation with their tutor have a choice of three different styles of exams:


Comprehensive Grade Exams (Recommended in most cases) give students a broad music education and are the best pathway towards higher level studies, teaching opportunities and formal recognition of AMEB studies internationally.

For Leisure Exams allow students to prepare a shorter program of works. Students learn while enjoying a varied repertoire of classical, pop, jazz and theme music from movies. Technical work and general knowledge are still examined. Students may choose to present either aural skills or sight reading. Written theory exams are not required. For Leisure syllabuses are available for:

  • piano

  • saxophone

  • singing

For Leisure exams run from Preliminary to Grade 8. Students can cap off their studies with the AMEB Certificate of Performance.


Repertoire Exams focus on performance and can be ideal for students with limited preparation time. Students play a program of pieces and receive expert feedback on their performance of the repertoire. Technical work, aural, sight reading and general knowledge are not examined.

Repertoire exams are offered from Preliminary to Grade 8.

Repertoire exams are available for all instruments and subjects excluding For Leisure.

Students undertaking Repertoire Grade 6 or above exams, must also pass a written exam in theory, musicianship or music craft. Once both practical and written exams have been passed, a certificate will be issued.


When are the exams held?

In a normal 'non-lockdown' year, the AMEB Examinations are held in two sessions each year, with one session in the early part of the year and one in the later part of the year. 

*Any enrolments required after the closing dates will be subject to a $60.00 late fee.


Where are the exams held?

Most AMEB Examinations are held in the Sydney CBD at either the AMEB studios on Clarence St. or the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Macquarie St. Some CPM and Rock School examinations are also held at JMC Academy in Ultimo or The Australian Institute of Music

in Surry Hills. Exact locations are confirmed when the students exam date and time are released.

What is the cost of doing an AMEB exam?

For a full up-to-date list of examination costs through the AMEB please CLICK HERE

Please be advised that in addition to the fees listed at the link above, there is a $38.50 inc. GST administration charge from JAM.

Depending on the examination you register for, some or all of the following additional costs may apply:

  • Sheet Music - students undertaking an AMEB exam MUST perform with original music only and are not permitted to take photocopied music into an examination. It is recommended that you order your required books through JAM once you have agreed on your exam type and grade with your tutor.

  • Accompanist - in most examinations (not all), it is highly recommended that you use a professional accompanist. JAM has a list of AMEB recommended accompanists that can be provided to you. Each accompanist will charge differently, however please note the following costs as a guide only:

Rehearsal (30mins) - $40.00 - $60.00 + GST (where applicable)

Exam Day Fee - $80.00 - $120.00 + GST (where applicable)

  • Travel Costs - All travel costs to and from accompaniment sessions and exams is the responsibility of the student/parent.

What if my circumstances change after I have enrolled?

The AMEB (NSW) has very strict policies around changes to exams and withdrawal from examinations. In most cases it is not possible to make any changes after enrolment without financial implications. JAM does not offer any refunds for change of mind or change of circumstances.

I would like to proceed with doing an AMEB (NSW) Examination with JAM. What are the steps involved?


  1. Discuss your desire to do an exam with your JAM Tutor. They can advise you which exam type and grade will be best for you.

  2. Order all of the required music through JAM reception.

  3. Start working towards your exam with your tutor in your lessons, and practise at home!

  4. Book in your exam by the closing date, and JAM will invoice you for the exam. Be sure to include information on any dates you will NOT be available to undertake the exam on your form.

  5. Receive your exam date. The AMEB will advise JAM with 4-6 weeks notice of your date, time and location of your exam.

  6. Once you have received your exam date, book in a minimum of two rehearsals with your chosen accompanist.

  7. Sit your exam.

  8. Receive your detailed report. The AMEB usually advises JAM of results within 7 days.

  9. Receive your certificate.

What else can I do to be prepared?

AMEB examinations are actually a LOT OF FUN! It is important to remember that it is all about the journey to get to the destination. The exam itself is only one small part of the process. JAM offers two AMEB performance and aural skills workshops based on demand and will advertise these leading up to the exam period.


Parent involvement in the process can be the key to success in the AMEB. Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child and their JAM tutor regularly during the process to keep on top of practice and requirements.

Should you have any further questions after reading this page, please contact our studios via email: 

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