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IMEB was formed in 1998 by Dr Tim Smith and Dr Darrell Hines in response to many requests from teachers of music, speech, drama and theatre arts looking for an alternative examination system. 

Our examinations are perceived to be more flexible and accessible than some other examination systems. All examiners are highly qualified and experienced teachers and therefore have a good understanding of the problems faced by both teachers and students.

Being an international board of examiners, IMEB delegates can be found around the globe, such as in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

2021 saw a change of leadership and new innovations to take the IMEB into the modern era.

Please contact us to get in touch with your local delegate.

About our Syllabus

At every IMEB examination level, selections are made from each section list of specified works or own choice. Own Choices give an opportunity for teachers and candidates to explore the repertoire appropriate for individual grade level, age, interest and experience and allows ownership of their examination program. It is expected that all Own Choice items will be thoughtfully and responsibly selected and provide challenge and motivation for individuals in order to assist personal development.

Examiners will expect standards of achievement commensurate to the candidate’s age and grade level, and to show thorough preparation for each examination component and section.

An exciting section is the Performance Examinations. Many students wish to learn music, speech, drama and theatre arts as a leisure activity and would like to receive recognition of their progress — Performance Examinations give the allow for the desired outcome as they are based on the candidate’s performance, not the technical or theoretical aspects. Students may present a wide variety of items in the Performance Examination as the syllabus allows for the teacher and candidate to choose the performance pieces. Candidates in this area may progress to the Diploma of Performance.

All of our examiners are highly qualified and experienced, and have a good understanding of the challenges faced by both teachers and students.



Merryl Lloyd

Speech and Drama Educator & Adjudicator

Merryl has had a love of creative arts since childhood. She studies speech and drama from an early age. This led to a love of creativity, literature and performance. She is passionate about teaching and imparting knowledge and confidence to those interested in improving communication skills.

She has an associate and licentiate diploma through Australian Guild of Music and Speech and is an accredited examiner for the IMEB and is also a member of the board. She has also an honorary fellowship through the IMEB for her contribution to speech and drama through her career as a teacher.

Merryl has taught in private schools and currently operates her studio in the north west suburbs of Sydney. She has had extensive experience as a teacher, examiner workshop presenter and adjudicator. Her adjudicating has taken her to many competitions throughout Australia and included an overseas invitation to Sri Lanka. She also has established an IMEB representative in Sri Lanka to assist in speech and drama there.

Merryl has been involved in musicals and also studied singing for ten years. It is an absolute honour to be a part of the IMEB and encouraging the love of learning to future generations.


Dr William Clark OAM

Music Educator, Adjudicator, Conductor & Examiner

William Clark is a music educator, examiner, conductor, lecture and church musician.

For many years he was the Director of Music at the Scots College, Sydney, and has been Director of Music as St Mark’s church Darling Point for the past 27 years.

He was President of the Music Teachers Association of NSW, and President of the Heads of Music Association in NSW Independent Schools.

He is a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music and a number of Music Colleges in the UK and Australia. In 2018 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.


Rachel Brennan

Speech and Drama Educator & Adjudicator

Rachel is a highly qualified and passionate educator in the field of Speech and Drama. Beginning as a student at age 5, her dedication to performance and communication grew with her extensive experience in eisteddfods, stage shows and showcases.

Achieving her qualification in 2003, Rachel has been teaching Speech and Drama for 19 years. She currently is the director of a highly successful private studio, and is also the principal Speech and Drama educator at Meriden School for Girls in Strathfield, Sydney.

Rachel is currently a Director of the International Music Education Body (IMEB), as well as a syllabus consultant and senior examiner for Speech and Drama. She has been examining for 9 years, and has extensive adjudicating experience.

Rachel is enthusiastic and deeply committed to developing communication and performance skills and gifts in students. Her mission is to ‘encourage and develop confident and creative communicators, in any environment.’