What is P Plate Piano?

P Plate Piano is a series of three books aimed at pre-preliminary piano students. Each book has a series of pieces graded to encompass all the technical and musical difficulties that a student needs to embrace prior to beginning the AMEB Preliminary Grade in either Piano or Piano for Leisure.

Who compiled the books?

The pieces have been selected (and in a few instances written) by one of Australia’s top pedagogical specialists for young pianists, Elissa Milne.

Where can I purchase the books?

The P Plate books are available for purchase from the AMEB’s Online Shop or from your local AMEB Preferred Retailer.

Are the books for complete beginners?

The books are not for complete beginners. It is expected students would have completed their first tutor or method book and would have been learning piano for 6 – 18 months (depending on their dedication and ability) before starting P Plate Piano.

Is it a method book or a tutor?

No this is not a method book or a tutor. Each book comprises approximately 18 pieces and they are carefully graded through the three levels to achieve preliminary standard at the end of the experience.

Can I use them on their own?

The books can be used on their own but they are designed to be used in conjunction with other tutors and method books giving an all round musical experience.

What will my student achieve by completing all three books?

By completing the series of books students will be able to begin Preliminary Piano with confidence having the musical and technical difficulties comfortably within their grasp.

Is it just a series of musical pieces?

In addition to repertoire the books contain activities to develop general musicianship and general knowledge as well a useful pointers to develop keyboard skills. Each piece has extra information or fun activities to do.

Where is the music from?

The music selected comes from a wide range of sources and will be exceptionally appealing to students. Each piece has colour illustrations, is visually enticing and is fun to play.

Can a student be assessed?

Students using the books can sit an AMEB assessment. The student will receive a certificate of participation on the day and a written report with comments from an AMEB Examiner will be mailed out to the teacher shortly after the assessment.

What does the assessment consist of?

To sit an assessment the student will select and perform three pieces from the Level they are studying. There are no prerequisites, no additional requirements and no Section III tests (i.e. sight reading, aural or general knowledge).

Can a candidate fail the assessment?

The assessment will not be graded and is intended to be a positive first interaction between parents and students and the AMEB examination system. The student will receive a certificate of participation on the day and a written report with comments from the AMEB examiner will be mailed to the teacher soon after the assessment. On completing Level 3 students will receive a Licence indicating they are now ready to begin formal examinations with the AMEB.

Does a student have to begin with Book 1 for the assessment?

No. Students can begin their studies and their assessments with Book 1, 2 or 3.

Does a student need to complete Books 1, 2 and 3 to receive their licence?

No. Students receive the licence once they complete the assessment for Book 3. They can be assessed for Book 3 without being assessed for Books 1 and 2. The licence is given to students who have been assessed for Book 3, regardless of whether they have completed or been assessed for Books 1 and 2.

Does a student need a licence to begin AMEB Preliminary?

No. The licence is a concept that fits in with the name P Plate Piano. We think students will be excited to receive a ‘license’ and it will be an incentive for them to participate in the program but students can begin AMEB Preliminary without having done any P Plate Piano assessments.

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