Updates & News


Diploma of Music Examinations / Diploma of Music Teaching Courses

St. Cecilia offers a comprehensive set of Teaching and Performing Diplomas. Teacher-training courses are available for the Certificate of Music Teaching, Associate Diploma and Licentiate Diplomas. These may be taken in all major centres throughout the world. Contact St. Cecilia for further details including enrolments, course structure and fees.  diplomas@st-cecilia.com.au


Syllabuses 2017

The following syllabuses have been updated and are now available for downloading from our website www.st-cecilia.com.au under EXAMINATIONS - SYLLABUSES:

  • Pianoforte, Piano Duet, Digital Piano, Modern Piano (Incorporating Jazz styles)
  • Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
  • Brass (Treble and Bass clef instruments)* Available  Late August 2017
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, 'Cello, Double Bass)
  • Classical Guitar
  • Singing
  • Contemporary Guitar
  • Theory of Music
  • Certificate of Performing Arts
  • Musicianship & Precision-Reading
  • Certificate of Music Teaching (all subjects)
  • Diplomas (Performing, Teaching, Research, Composition)  - Associate, Licentiate, Fellowship

All syllabuses are also available as hard copies. Only the new syllabuses will be valid for use from January 2017 onwards.


Next Exam Sessions - August/September 2017

The next sessions of practical and written examinations will take place throughout August and September 2017. The closing date for the November examinations is Tuesday 22nd August, 2017.


Memory Requirements for Diplomas Removed

Performances from memory are no longer required for St. Cecilia Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas. Whilst credit will be given for accurately memorised performances, it is no longer compulsory.


Pianoforte Accompaniment Diplomas *NEW

Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas are now available in Piano Accompaniment.


Music Teaching Diplomas - Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience

St. Cecilia Examinations is fully aware that whilst many teachers are experts in the field of music teaching and have a long and successful record of outstanding experience and service, they often do not hold formal music teaching qualifications. We are inviting teachers to consider applying for our teaching diplomas using the Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience category. Confidential assistance and further details may be obtained by emailing the Examinations Department at info@st-cecilia.com.au


Transferring Entries

Students who wish to transfer from one examination session to another may do so by completing a new entry form and submitting with a $50.00 administrative transfer fee. This is particularly useful for students who feel they are insufficiently prepared for their scheduled examination or who are unable to attend due to other clashing events. Transfers cannot be made retrospectively and can only be used during a regular examination session within the same calendar year. December candidates cannot take advantage of transfers.


Certificate of Performing Arts (CPA)  Extending through all Grades 2017    

The  Certificate of Performing Arts Examinations have been designed to encourage performers at any age and level to experience a range of artistic pursuits and be appropriately assessed and rewarded. This course is particularly suited to a class situation e.g... dance studios, drama schools, music schools. Examinations are currently available at three elementary levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold  but these will progressively be extended through all grade levels throughout 2017. Students may elect to choose a series of performance opportunities which include - Instrumental Performance, Dance, Drama, Speech, Language, Singing. Contact St. Cecilia for more information.  info@st-cecilia.com.au


Special Certificate of Merit for Completion of all Grades

Students who successfully complete ALL St. Cecilia examinations Grades 1- 8 may apply for the Special Certificate of Merit - a smart hand-inscribed certificate issued by St. Cecilia free of charge. Certified copies of all certificates must be forwarded as evidence to St. Cecilia along with full address details. Please allow six weeks for processing.


Latest International Newsletter

The current edition of St. Cecilia's International Newsletter may be downloaded from this site. This edition features successful students and teachers in our various international centres as well as within Australia.


Musicianship / Precision-Reading Syllabus

The Musicianship / Precision Reading syllabus  provides teachers and students with a detailed course of aural training and precision-reading (sight-reading) from Grade 1 through to Grade 8. These examinations may be taken either independently or alongside the practical examination. A separate report and certificate will be issued.


Australia - Future Unlimited

The St. Cecilia School of Music & Examinations is proud to display the Australian Government's Future Unlimited logo on all its publications, advertising and promotional material. The Australian Government supports St Cecilia through its AUSTRADE offices throughout the world and through the Australian Unlimited brand name.

The Future Unlimited brand has been created for organisations whose core business is Australian education and training or its marketing and promotion internationally. Future Unlimited reassures students, and their parents, that their investment in an Australian education will be returned in the form of better career and life opportunities; it implies global career options; and reflects the idea of pathways and internationally recognised qualifications and skills.


Contemporary Guitar Examinations

St. Cecilia's Contemporary Guitar syllabus is available from Beginner Grade through all grades to Grade 8. The syllabus has been designed to not only challenge and stimulate the modern guitarist but also to provide more legitimacy to their achievements through official certification. More details about the course including how to obtain the newly-published albums and CDs for the examinations are available directly from ZP Guitars www.zpguitar.com.au    Tel: (AUS)1300 365 256  (NZ) 0800 151 661  

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnP-OX-mqWw to hear performances of examinations album items.


Teaching Music  - Certificate of Music Teaching - Training Course Now Available

The St. Cecilia School of Music is offering training courses for students wishing to complete the requirements for the Certificate of Music Teaching (CMT). Courses can be tailor-made over a short period e.g.. a weekend course. The CMT covers teaching at the beginner, junior and preliminary  levels and focuses on the business as well as the educational aspects of a music teaching practice. St. Cecilia is able to organise courses anywhere throughout the world. Course and examination fees can be reduced for Studios/Schools who organise group classes. Contact St. Cecilia for further details.


St. Cecilia Seeking More Representatives / Coordinators - WORLDWIDE

With the growth of St. Cecilia Examinations world-wide, we are seeking  representatives / coordinators to fulfill the function of promoting and organising examinations in new centres. Coordinators should have the time as well as  a keen interest to develop our system in their region. Please email St.Cecilia to register your interest. info@st-cecilia.com.au


State Certificates of Education

Students who complete St. Cecilia  Grade (Practical and Theory) and/or Concert Certificate examinations may have their success registered and listed with the various State & Territory educational authorities e.g.. QCE TCE  SACE  WACE  SACE  NTCET  ACT Yr12 Cert.  Conditions vary for each jurisdiction.


Theory Syllabus

St.Cecilia's theory of music syllabus is a refreshing approach to the study of theory. The syllabus covers all grades from Beginner through to Grade 8. Workbooks and Sample Paper Books ensure students are thoroughly prepared for each level. More and more students are taking advantage of using their theory result as a substitute for the Programme Notes section of their practical exam.


Annual Music Performance Competition - Hong Kong 2017

The Annual St. Cecilia Hong Kong International Music Competition will be held in July this year over a three week period. New classes and additional  awards and performance opportunities have been incorporated. Entry details for the 2017 International Competition are now available by contacting the local coordinator for the Competition, Da Capo Music  (852) 3542 3316 & (852) 3542 3347 or emailing scsm@dacapomusic.com.hk


St. Cecilia Publications

St. Cecilia's popular examination albums for Pianoforte, Violin and Theory are available directly from all principal music stores or by contacting the official publisher, Dynamic Publishing  www.dynamicpublishing.com.au  Registered St. Cecilia teachers receive a generous discount when ordering directly.


Making Payments to St. Cecilia - now extended to more currencies

St. Cecilia accepts all major forms of payment including Visa and MasterCard, Direct Credit, Postal Orders, Cheques.  Please note that PayPal is not accepted by St. Cecilia as a means of payment. Payment may be made in the following currencies: Australian Dollar; New Zealand Dollar; Euro; US Dollar; Singapore Dollar. Please contact St. Cecilia for more details and payment options. www.st-cecilia.com.au


St. Cecilia Teacher Registration - Reg'd SCSM Teacher status

SCSM is pleased to invite teachers to join its Teacher Registry. Teachers who choose to use the SCSM Examinations may register as FULL members and can take advantage of the following membership benefits immediately:

  • a personalised & professional membership certificate
  • the right to use the post-nominal letters "Reg'd SCSM Teacher"
  • student/teacher referrals throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia
  • priority notification and free admittance to special SCSM events, functions & meetings
  • regular mail-outs with special offers
  • discounts from Jayday Music Education and Dynamic Publishing (up to 20%)
  • reduced fees/discounts on student examination fees
  • assistance and advice in the running of your Studio and teaching practice

Download the Teacher Registration Application Form below:


ASMC - Australian Society of Musicology & Composition

Holders of St. Cecilia diplomas may make written application to receive the equivalent qualification with the ASMC. A reciprocal arrangement with ASMC and St. Cecilia recognises the standards of each board. Details and application forms are available from the ASMC website www.musicol.com.au


Recogntion of Other Examining Boards

SCSM is pleased to accept Grade 8 (and higher) in all practical subjects from other major national and international examining boards for  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits towards all St. Cecilia Teaching Diplomas. The performance unit of these diplomas will be waived. Requests for credit should be made when submitting diploma entry forms.