Directors Welcome

Director's Welcome

Welcome & Thank you for thinking about joining the Australian Guild of Music Education.

Thank you for visiting our new website. Here at the AGME we always strive to offer the very best in education and public examinations.

Formed in 1969 as a follow-on from the London College of Music, which is now a major part of the University of West London, the Guild Founder was Gordon Blake. He was the LCM representative in Australia for many years, and was responsible for the creation and development of both bodies in Australia as he was the foundation President of the Guild when LCM ceased operations in the “colonies”.

Since 1969 the Guild has gone from strength to strength. The Guild owns its Faculty of Music in the prestigious suburb of Kooyong (Melbourne) Australia and also has locations in 7 countries worldwide and is the only examining body operating in Australia that can offer a complete music education program covering Public Music Examinations from beginning step levels through all grades in to professional Diplomas of Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship. Our tertiary and higher education courses are accredited by ASQA and TEQSA. The Guild offers Certificate courses II, III + IV level as well as Diploma and Advanced Diploma music industry courses. In Higher Education, a Bachelor of Music degree is available which offers Higher Education Fee Help. This is a Commonwealth student assistance loan that allows students to repay upon conclusion of their course.

The Guild has been innovative at all levels, students can receive advance standing on completion of lower level courses.

The Guild pioneered music examinations by video allowing Distance students to achieve music examinations in their own area. This program was further developed to include all Guild programs and Distance students can now receive their degree by Distance Education via E-Learning resources.

Guild awards are presented at the Melbourne University Hawthorn Campus, Victoria at the Guild Annual Graduation Ceremony in April each year.

Our website can only offer you a glimpse on what we offer here at the Australian Guild of Music Education so we would like to invite you to visit or contact us if you have any further questions that can’t be answered on this website. We look forward to hearing or seeing you in the future.

Thank You

Dr Ern Knoop

Dr Ern Knoop

A bit about Dr Knoop

Dr Knoop joined AGME as the CEO in 1970 and is considered one of the leading founders of the Guild. One of his contributions and achievements over the years, has been gaining accredited TAFE/VET courses and then the Higher Education course Bachelor of Music.

He has been an important cog of the Guild, always leading the way and mentoring many examiners over the years.  He has been an examiner to thousands of students, and with his mild, easy-going temperament he puts all the students at ease prior to or during each examination that he has been the examiner.  He has been the most highly sought-after examiner by all the teachers over his years with the Guild.

He has taught the following instruments:

  • banjo,
  • guitar,
  • piano,
  • piano accordion

He has also taught the following in the VET and Higher Education courses:

  • Performance,
  • Composition,
  • Music Education/Instrumental Teaching,
  • Musicianship (Theory and Aural),
  • History of Music,
  • Music Technology

His knowledge in music is extensive and he is always determined to keep learning new things.  An inspiration to many students/teachers/examiners.


About The Australian Guild of Music Education  


The Australian Guild of Music Education is one of the leading Tertiary and Music examining bodies in Australia.  The AGME conducts music exams in 7 countries world wide as well as in multiple locations around Australia.
Our comprehensive music education system allows students to gain a Bachelor of Music.   Read More ….



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