BlitzBitz - Samantha's Blog
By Samantha Coates on 27/11/2009 9:17 PM
I found out from Warrick Dobbie's email broadcast the other day that there is a fantastic new site which enables AMEB candidates to share their experiences (good or bad), always to the sympathetic ears of others who have experienced similar things!

From their site:

To start a new thread, Teachers, Parents and Australian Music Examinations Board candidates are invited to email their posts to the Moderators at for inclusion on the AMEB Candidates Blog. Everyone is then free to add their comments to get the discussion under way. We welcome your views and comments on any Grade from Preliminary to Diploma level. The end of year exam sessions are coming up so make sure to share your experiences with other students!

It is currently focused on practical exams and is an excellent way to discuss the various issues...
By Samantha Coates on 27/11/2009 8:36 AM
It seems that the latest Grade 3 Theory paper has caused a stir amongst teachers around the country due to the style of questioning of Italian terms.

The format this year requested candidates to tick 'yes' or 'no' as to whether the English translation was correct. The translation given for 'con moto' was 'with motion'. Most students learn this term as meaning 'with movement' (which is the translation listed on page 32 of the current AMEB Manual). Whilst most students would understand that 'motion' and 'movement' are the same, a few ticked 'no' thinking that since it wasn't exactly what they had learned, it might have been a trick question.

On page 31 of the Manual it states 'The following is a list of terms required in the grades. The meanings given are those which the Board considers to be satisfactory English equivalents.' One could possibly infer from this that 'with motion' might NOT be a satisfactory English equivalent according to the Board (even though we know it is). But at the end of the...
By Samantha Coates on 9/11/2009 9:39 PM

Welcome to version 2 of BlitzBitz, my occasional musings on teaching, publishing, Theory, Musicianship, Music Craft, Piano, the AMEB and anything else that springs to mind. I look forward to using this forum to share ideas and experiences.

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