Media Release - 15/06/2009

Online music program keeps AMEB in tune
Music students will soon have access to innovative musical software to enable them to sit the traditional Australian Music Examinations Board exams online.

General Manager of AMEB, Mr Bernard Depasquale said the new technological generation of students was the driver behind the organisation's new direction.

"AMEB wants to continue to foster great musical talent in this country and our new online examination product will offer many benefits for students and teachers," said Mr Depasquale.

"The new product is web based so students who have access to the internet can sit their exams from any location," he said.

AMEB is using Web Ed Development, a Queensland based company to create the software.

The local company won the coveted contract based on their track record developing musical software for Australian students.

The two companies have formed an online learning partnership and hope to collaborate on a number of projects together.

Jon Adams, one of the principals of Web Ed Development says he started designing the software to help music students embrace theory practice.

"I have taught music for many years and was frustrated with the lack of quality online tools to learn and practice music," he said.

"If a student understands the theory, they play an instrument better and for longer," says Mr Adams.

"We have always based our software on the AMEB syllabus as we secretly hoped the organisation would move online," he said.

"By offering online exams, AMEB will be far ahead of many other educational groups," said Mr Adams.

AMEB will offer online exams from next year and will commence testing in term 4 of this school year.

For more information go to www.webeddev.com.
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