UPDATED OCTOBER NOTES 2020
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Hello Music Friends! Good news and bad news:
We have been advised by Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) we will have to wait a little longer before we are allowed to have face to face classes either at our Studio or at School programmes... BUT the good news is we are still available for classes online, and we WILL see you face to face soon. So: ▪5 October - Start of term 4, Online classes▪19 or 26 October (wk 3 or 4) - A choice of either Online or Face to Face classes at the Hello Music Prahran studio pending DHHS confirmation.Click Here to Book Classes for Term 4 Simply click on your preferred teacher, choose a time, make it 'recurring x 10wks/term' or your preferred number of weeks, and pay online) SCHOOL PROGRAMME DISCOUNT VOUCHER if you are enrolled as part of a school partners' programme, please use the special VOUCHER CODE: ST MARYS2020 for St Mary's primary School students, and SCHOOLS2020 for all other schools' programmes Please note, separate accounts will be sent for HIRE OF INSTRUMENTS and BOOKS. If you have any queries or would like assistance with booking classes, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call 95336222.
AMEB VIDEO EXAMS
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE EXAMINATIONS BOARD A message from the General Manager, Australian Music Examinations Board (excerpt below) ".... (this week) the Victorian Government published ‘Victoria’s roadmap to re-opening’, which has caused us to re-think and adjust our plans for Term 4. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer face-to-face-examinations in the 5th Metropolitan Melbourne Practical session on the following dates: (1) Piano exams at the Hawthorn studios from 26 October till 22 November (dates to avoid and transfers to video to be notified by 12 October). (2) Instrumental and vocal exams at the Hawthorn studios from 23 November till 17 December (dates to avoid and transfers to video to be notified by 19 October). (3) At private venues, by arrangement, from 26 October till 17 December. (eg Hello Music) Given the high level of uncertainty about face-to-face examining possibilities, candidates are encouraged to transfer to a Video Repertoire examination at no additional cost. The Repertoire exam generally requires the presentation of one additional piece; there are no Technical Work, Section III or Extra List requirements. (In most subjects, the Repertoire exam requirements from Grades 2 to 7 can be met by ‘upgrading’ one Extra List piece to be the Own Choice work.) For instructions for HOW TO PREPARE A VIDEO EXAM, click here: Should it not be possible to complete either a face-to-face or video examination by 17 December, a full refund will be given, to be processed in the week commencing 14 December. It would be appreciated if you could consider the alternatives available for your candidate/s and let us know of any changes to enrolment by 12 October (Piano) and 19 October (Instrumental-Vocal), respectively...." Please discuss these options with your teacher and/or contact the Hello Music office to discuss your options either via email or phone- 0414776613.
FURTHER AMEB NEWS- UPDATED 20 OCTOBER 2020
Face-to-face examining to commence 4 November (subject to DHHS directives)
Dear Teachers, The Premier’s announcements of 18 October encourage us to believe that we will be able to resume face-to-face examining in November. We will soon commence timetabling face-to-face examinations, in accordance with the enrolments we have received and the changes requested in recent weeks. At least 14 days prior to the examination date, we will email each enroller to request confirmation of candidates’ availability; timetables will be ‘locked-in’ 48 hours later and Notices of Examination will be available for download from AMEB Connect. 5th Metropolitan Practical Session Many schools and private studios will be hosting face-to-face examinations, as physical distancing rules will limit the number of rooms available for examinations at the AMEB Hawthorn studios. Accordingly, a maximum of four examining rooms will be opened, together with four adjacent waiting/warm-up rooms. The AMEB Hawthorn studios will host piano examinations from Wednesday 4 November till Sunday 22 November. The AMEB Hawthorn studios will host instrumental and vocal exams from Monday 23 November till Thursday 17 December. We are aware of the Department of Education’s restrictions on the use of woodwind and brass instruments, singing and voice projection in schools; and the VCAA guidelines for conducting VCE performance examinations. AMEB face-to-face examinations will proceed only where the appropriate health and safety protocols are in place. 2nd Regional, Special Subject and Rockschool Sessions Examinations in the 2nd Regional, 2nd Special Subject and 2nd Rockschool Sessions will be held from Monday 23 November till Thursday 17 December. What happens if restrictions are re-introduced? If a scheduled face-to-face exam is not able to proceed due to DHHS restrictions, the candidate will be able to transfer to a Video Repertoire exam, at no charge. Should it not be reasonably possible to complete either a face-to-face or video examination this year, a full refund will be given, to be processed in December. Video exams Compared with the Comprehensive exam, the Repertoire exam generally requires the presentation of one additional piece; there are no Technical Work, Section III or Extra List requirements. (In most subjects, the Repertoire exam requirements from Grades 2 to 7 can be met by ‘upgrading’ one Extra List piece to be the Own Choice work.) In addition to the Repertoire exams that existed prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Recorded Video examinations are available in most For Leisure, CPM and Rockschool subjects; and Online Video examinations are available for Speech & Drama subjects to Certificate level. Video exam enrolments and submissions are available until 30 November (pre-enrolment is not necessary). This deadline will enable performances to be assessed, and reports and certificates issued before the end of the year. Please visit the AMEB Victoria website for information about video Repertoire exam requirements and guidelines for recording a candidate’s performance for examination purposes. A sample Grade 3 Violin Repertoire video exam recording may be found here. Performance Evaluations Performance Evaluations are available, by video, to students of any age or at any stage of learning. A performance of 7, 15 or 25 minutes, comprising works chosen by the student, can be submitted for review by an AMEB specialist examiner. AMEB Victoria will provide a written report and a Certificate of Completion to each student. <Click here for more information.> Accompaniment We are conscious of the difficulties of rehearsing and performing with accompanists and associate artists under the physical distancing and travel restrictions that are currently in place. AMEB Recorded Accompaniments are available for most instruments up to Grade 3 and special arrangements have been negotiated with APRA/AMCOS to enable copyright materials to be recorded for the purpose of providing accompaniment for video examinations. <More information can be found here.> Contacting us Please email your enquiries to email@example.com or complete the Contact Form on the AMEB Victoria website and we will respond to you by phone or email at the earliest opportunity. (Administrative personnel are presently working from home, so you might receive a call from John, Lisa, Matthew or Jeremy via an unexpected number.) Please note that messages cannot be left on our general telephone number at the present time. Certificates will be posted to successful candidates as soon as possible after the office is re-opened. We are presently refining plans for next year and anticipate being able to advise 2021 exam session dates by mid-November. The 2021 Manual of Syllabuses and new publications to support teaching and learning in Lower Brass, Harp and Theory of Music Grade 4 are now available for pre-order on AMEB Connect. In conclusion We appreciate the exceptionally difficult circumstances in which you have been living and working, and we congratulate teachers on the magnificent way in which you have adapted to working in a ‘virtual’ environment. With best wishes from the team at AMEB Victoria,
Alwyn Mott BMus, DipEd(Melb), GradDipBusAdmin(Monash), AMusA General Manager AMEB Victoria