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 5 - Modern Era 1900+ focussing on the Russian Rag by Australian Composer Elena Kats-Chernin
In Part 5, the last in this series, we explore what you need to know about the Modern Era (twentieth and twenty-first century), in particular focussing on the life and music of Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. We unpack everything you need to know about this era - including Characteristics, Forms, Trends and Composers. We then explore the music of Kats-Chernin - her life and work and finally focus in on one of my favourite ragtime pieces: the Russian Rag. We dive into Ragtime as a genre and then share four pages of example questions and complete answers that are similar to what you may be asked in your exam.
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**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.