Outstanding music achievement for Year 6 student Sheng-Yuan Lynch
At just 12 years of age, Sheng-Yuan Lynch, in Year 6 passed the Licentiate in Music, Australia (LMusA) diploma examination on piano with Distinction. This extraordinary achievement, at the highest examination level available in the Australian Music Examinations Board’s (AMEB) music syllabus, is reserved only for outstanding musicians in either performance or theory. Such is the level of this highly prestigious diploma that the national pass rate is around 10% of candidates of which the very large majority of candidates are adults with extensive performance experience. To pass with Distinction is very rare and for a musician as young as Sheng-Yuan – a truly remarkable achievement!
With the Fellowship in Music, Australia (FMusA) being the only award above the Licentiate diploma and bestowed as an honorary award at the discretion of the AMEB, Sheng-Yuan has effectively achieved the highest qualification possible from the national music examinations board.
To achieve the Licentiate diploma, Sheng-Yuan presented a minimum 40-minute performance program from memory that comprised works by J.S. Bach, F.J. Haydn, F. Chopin and C. Debussy before two federal examiners together with and 10-minute general knowledge test. Sheng-Yuan’s performance was described as “technically assured and musically detailed revealing an innate and persuasive virtuosity.” This highly prestigious diploma is testament to Sheng-Yuan’s extraordinary talent and years of disciplined practice.