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TTTV044: Studying for an AMEB Teaching Diploma with Tess Hill

by Tim Topham

Looking for this month’s free download? Scroll down and get instant access to Tess’ updated Resource File with quick links to everything you need. The best teachers are lifelong learners, always questioning the way they do things and trying to better themselves. When we continue to learn, we stay passionate about our teaching and have ... TTTV044: Studying for an AMEB Teaching Diploma with Tess Hill

06/04/2016 Read more

TTTV036: All about AMEB exams with Bernard Depasquale

by Tim Topham

The AMEB has been examining music students in Australia for almost one hundred years, but they’re certainly not stuck in the past. They offer online music theory exams, piano for leisure and have recently added Rock School exams. As their 100 year anniversary approaches AMEB are looking for new ways to support the work of ... TTTV036: All about AMEB exams with Bernard Depasquale

03/25/2016 Read more

TTTV031: RCM exams with Elaine Rusk

by Tim Topham

As part of practice and motivation month at topmusic.co,  today we’re taking a closer look at the RCM exams. Exams can be a great motivator for students, if used wisely. Having an upcoming exam can lead to a big spike in student practice times. Of course we don’t want students only working when there’s an exam ... TTTV031: RCM exams with Elaine Rusk

02/19/2016 Read more

TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge

by Tim Topham

In part four of the exam focus series, I’m talking with Abe Cytrynowski about technical work & general knowledge. Abe is passionate about scales. Yes, you read that correctly! Often, scales can make both student and teacher eyes glaze over. Scales are done on autopilot, the muscle memory takes over and students are barely aware ... TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge

11/09/2015 Read more

TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests

by Tim Topham

In the third podcast of the exam series, I’m joined by Sam Coates to discuss everything but the pieces. Sam Coates is the author of the ‘BlitzBooks‘ series which blitz through sight reading & theory, and I’m so excited to have her share her tips and tricks for teaching sight reading and aural skills. Sight reading & aural ... TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests

11/01/2015 Read more

TTTV017: All about ABRSM Piano Exams with Tim Arnold

by Tim Topham

This is the second in a series of podcasts taking a look piano exams. Today I’m talking with Tim Arnold about the most global music exam board, the ‘Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music‘. ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, ... TTTV017: All about ABRSM Piano Exams with Tim Arnold

10/25/2015 Read more
 

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TTTV016: ANZCA Piano Exams with Tony Betros

by Tim Topham

This is the first in a multi-part series taking a look at the main exam boards around the world. Piano exams play a big role in piano teaching in many countries. Even if you’re in country where exams are less popular, there’s a lot to be learned by looking at the different exam boards and ... TTTV016: ANZCA Piano Exams with Tony Betros

10/18/2015 Read more

How to pass an AMusA Diploma exam

by Tim Topham

If you’re a teacher or student living in Australia, you will no doubt be aware that the AMusA (Associate of Music Australia) is considered one of the benchmark qualifications for performers and teachers in this country and is a qualification to which most advanced classical students rightly aspire. It is a Diploma-level music exam equivalent to ... How to pass an AMusA Diploma exam

09/09/2015 Read more

Therese Milanovic on Piano Technique: “But what will the examiner say?”

by Tim Topham

I recently found this four-part series by Brisbane-based teacher and presenter Therese Milanovic, and just had to share it with you. (It’s going to be particularly relevant to all the Aussie teachers who use the AMEB exam syllabus.) As a teacher of exam students, I’m often worried about what the examiner might think about my students’ technique, performance skills or ... Therese Milanovic on Piano Technique: “But what will the examiner say?”

04/10/2015 Read more

AMEB Series 17 Piano | Best pieces Grades 4-6

by Tim Topham

Quick Navigation IntroductionGrade 4Grade 5 Grade 6Conclusion & Where to buy Introduction This is the second in my 3-part blog series about the music in the new AMEB Series 17 publications released in November 2014. My first part, showing my favourite pieces for Grades P-3 is here.  In this article, I'll be focussing on the ... AMEB Series 17 Piano | Best pieces Grades 4-6

02/02/2015 Read more

AMEB Series 17 Piano | Best Pieces Grades P-3

by Tim Topham

Quick Navigation IntroductionSeries 17 OverviewFavourite Selections How I decided on the selectionsPreliminaryGrade 1 Grade 2Grade 3ConclusionWhere to buy​What are your thoughts?  Introduction If you're an Australian piano teacher who uses the Australian Music Examination Board syllabus with your students,  you're no doubt aware that a new series of teaching books has just been released: Series ... AMEB Series 17 Piano | Best Pieces Grades P-3

11/21/2014 Read more

Making the most of the AMEB Manual List | The Piano Teacher Magazine

by Tim Topham

How should I use the Manual List? While the Australian Music Examinations Board  (AMEB) releases music books for each grade level whenever they update their exam syllabuses, there is a wealth of other great pieces listed permanently in the syllabus under the “Manual List”. Remember that the exam books for each grade only feature around three ... Making the most of the AMEB Manual List | The Piano Teacher Magazine

08/26/2014 Read more