AMusA and Diploma General Knowledge Study Guide - Part 3: Classical Era, Beethoven and Sonata Op 26
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 those offered by other exam boards including ABRSM, ANZCA and Trinity College London and is of equal standing to courses offered at first-year university level. It is held in high regard throughout the music industry. For this reason, it is also a much more challenging examination than those offered at the Grade levels.
If you are a student embarking on your AMusA exam, you will no doubt have a lot of questions about how to prepare for the exam and you’ll be wondering whether you’ll pass. In this his article I will share with you some of my own thoughts about how to pass an AMusA Diploma exam and offer you references, particularly for the General Knowledge Component of the exam.
Part 3 - Classical Music focussing on Beethoven's Sonata No 13 Op 26
In Part 3, we dive deeply into what you need to know about Classical music, in particular the music of Beethoven. Even if you're not performing a Beethoven work for your exam, his work had such an impact on classical music that you should know about his music and periods of his life for an understanding of both this era and the ones coming later. We also unpack everything you need to know if you're performing any Beethoven Sonata - including an in-depth look at Sonata Form, the influence of Scarlatti and it's antecedents and consequents. Beethoven's Sonata No 13 in Ab major then takes focus including why it's unusual, its characteristics, movements and seven pages of example questions and complete answers.
**Please note that as exam guidelines may change in the future, it is the responsibility of students and teachers to ensure that they are properly prepared. While I have done my best to ensure that this article is up-to-date, I take no responsibility for the information presented here; it is presented purely as my own suggestions about how I successfully completed the exam. Make sure you check the exam requirements in the syllabus thoroughly before preparing for your exam.