We don’t see it as a necessity – it’s something I went through and really didn’t get much out of.
Looking back, the AMEB exams are used to keep students interested in their learning.
It’s seen as a goal to work towards to say you are at a certain level or grade in your skills.
Essentially, it’s a grading system.
However, you don’t have to sit your exams in order to get into a Bachelor of Music, or any degree for that matter, it just looks good on paper – but isn’t a prerequisite.
As long as you have strong music skills – both practical/performance and understanding of music theory, you can further your music studies to a higher level.
You need to know your “stuff”, but you don’t need the AMEB to get you there.