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The world of teaching and music education has changed dramatically with the global pandemic of COVID-19. All of us at AMEB Federal Office hope that you, your students and colleagues are coping with the new environment we find ourselves living in.

 

Below is a list of resources and opportunities that may help you.

 


 

Free online Theory of Music Courses

Our online courses for Grades 1 to 3 Theory of Music are now free until June 30 from exams.ameb.edu.au. These courses are delivered as a series of videos and PDFs and also give students access to practice questions on the same online platform that delivers our online theory exams. To get access to a free course, simply register as an account holder, add the course to your cart, and proceed through the check-out. No payment information will be requested and access will be granted immediately.  

 

Online Theory Course - a step-by-step guide to getting started. 


Complete your 2020 exam via video

All AMEB State Offices are now offering Repertoire Video Exams in most instruments with a view to returning to face to face exams as soon as this is possible. This means you can record your repertoire at home, send the video in to be marked by an AMEB examiner and receive the same official AMEB certificate that you would have received in more regular times. Visit your AMEB State Office website for specific information regarding Video/ Recorded exam options available to you. 

 

 

Complete your music theory exam online

Our innovative AMEB ONLINE Learning & Exams system makes it easy to do your theory exam anytime, anywhere. Available for all grades of Theory of Music, Musicianship and Music Craft.

New improvements to the system make this an even more effective tool for students and teachers during this time. These include detailed examiner reports and access for account holders to monitor candidates' progress in the unlimited practice exams.  

 

Screen Sharing Copyright Clearance Licence

We recognise online lessons come with their own challenges like being unable to point out a specific bar or marking on a page. As a temporary solution to this sort of issue, we have negotiated a special licence that will allow teachers to screen share AMEB publications via their chosen online lesson platform.


We hope this free licence will make remote learning a little bit easier, while still protecting the rights and intellectual property of publishers and composers, whose works are represented in our publications. Apply for your free licence here.

 

Compilation of expert advice on online teaching

We have scoured the internet and come up with a collection of sites and suggestions that you may find useful. Read our collection of helpful online resources below.

 

Teachers

Which online platform to use?
Trying to decide between Zoom, Skype, Facetime etc? Colourfulkey.ie has some information about each option for you. Read the full article here.

DOWNLOADABLE PDF - A beginners guide to using Zoom 

 

Tim Topham from topmusic.co has done lots of research and compiled some great advice from teachers already working in the online world.  He also recently spoke to the Bulletproof Musician on a podcast about being an effective online music teacher.  Thanks to Tim for letting us share these links:

 

Gillian and Paul of Piano Teaching Success have put together a series of videos about teaching online. Thank you to Gillian and Paul for sharing these resources:


This advice from the UK Musician’s Union has some good thoughts about how to protect yourself when you set up an online professional presence. Read the article here.

Digital music solutions 
Here are some useful apps for reading and sharing music (only purchased or free source music of course):
 
Replay - useful for any music but Rockschool teachers can purchase the Rockschool books through this app and use the many teaching tools like altering speed and pitch.
forscore  - this app is used by lots of professional musicians when they perform and provides great viewing of music with lots of tools to annotate and organise music.

  

Students

How do I set up for online lessons at home?

Our friends at the Sydney Vocal Academy have started teaching online and have provided their students with these tips to make sure they are set up correctly at home. Thank you to Lauren and Tim for permission to share this. See all their tips here.

 

Parents

How do online lessons work?

Violinist.com has a good explanation of what occurs each in lessons between teacher and student and how this may be transferred to an online environment. Read the full article here.


Break the Isolation:  A webinar series hosted by AMEB

Break the Isolation aims to bring together our community, keep us connected and share creative ideas during this time. This series will cover topics across music, speech, drama and performing arts. See upcoming and past episodes of Break the Isolation here.


Watch all past episodes of Break the Isolation on our YouTube channel below.

 


Our online shop remains open

All AMEB publications, practice papers, recorded accompaniments, and other recordings can be purchased from our online shop. Our books and physical resource will be shipped from our Melbourne warehouse and delivered to your door. All digital products are available to download instantly.