Enter Online NZMEB is now accepting entries for the practical examination session beginning on August 1st 2018
Enter Online NZMEB is now accepting entries for the theory examination session beginning on May 5th 2018

Examination Policies

Appeals Procedure

Every effort is made to make each examination an enjoyable event. The examiners are professionals in their field and are highly trained to conduct quality assessments and to provide informative reports.

Practical examinations:

Appeals which question the professional judgment of the examiners will not be considered. However an appeal may be made on the basis of an irregular procedure on the part of the examiner e.g. Incorrect scales asked for grade; musical knowledge questions asked outside the grade.

The appeal must be made in writing and posted to NZMEB by the person who signed the original entry form. Appeals must be made within seven days of the examination.

Theory examinations:

Requests for a review should be made in writing by the person who signed the entry form. The original mark sheet should be forwarded with the request. Requests for review should be postmarked not more than 7 days after receipt of the mark sheet. If the original mark is found to be incorrect, the entrant's mark will be adjusted accordingly.

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Refund Policy

Entries at one centre cannot be transferred to another centre or deferred to a later session.

For entrants who withdraw from an examination our policy is that we will credit half of the examination fee towards their entry in the following year on receipt of a doctor's certificate. It is not transferable to another student.

If an entrant wishes to postpone the examination or to take it at a different centre a new entry form must be completed and the appropriate fee must be paid. The original fee cannot be refunded.

Report Forms

Report Forms for Practical Examinations will be forwarded to teachers as soon as possible after the examination. This should be within two to three weeks of the examination.

The NZMEB written examination report forms will be forwarded to teachers as soon as possible after the examination. Despatch should be within five weeks after the session.

Report forms for Performance Evaluation Programme and Pre-preliminary Programme are to be presented to the entrant as they depart the examination studio.

Entrants with Special Needs

Please see here for important information

Grading for Practical Examinations

Gradings are determined according to the descriptors and criteria in our syllabuses.

Pre-Preliminary is an assessment only and entrants will receive a certificate.

All grades from Preliminary to Performance Certificate (inclusive) receive a grading:

High DistinctionA+
DistinctionA
HonoursA-
Credit PlusB+
CreditB
MeritB-
Pass PlusC+
PassC
Pass AwardedC-
Not SatisfactoryD

Diploma entrants receive a grading:

Award with Distinction
Award
No Award

In cases where there is a Not Satisfactory, or No Award on the entrant's report form, certificates will not be issued.

Fees and Durations

Practical Examinations

Pre-Preliminary Test$94.0010 minutes
Preliminary Test$104.0012 minutes
Grade One$125.0014 minutes
Grade Two$140.0015 minutes
Grade Three$150.0020 minutes
Grade Four$170.0022 minutes
Assmt Levels 1 and 2$150.0040 minutes
Grade Five$185.0025 minutes
Grade Six$215.0030 minutes
Assmt Levels 3 to 6$260.0060 minutes
Grade Seven$245.0040 minutes
Grade Eight$265.0050 minutes
Performance Certificate$310.0050 minutes
Diploma AMusNZ$655.0050 minutes
Diploma LMusNZ$755.0060 minutes

Note: Pre-preliminary test age restriction applies to entrant at close of entries date

Theory Examinations

Grade One$90.0060 minutes
Grade Two$100.0090 minutes
Grade Three$110.00120 minutes
Grade Four$130.00180 minutes
Grade Five$140.00180 minutes
Grade Six$150.00180 minutes

Chamber Music Examinations (fees per entrant)

Level One$50.0020 minutes
Level Two$60.0025 minutes
Level Three$70.0030 minutes
Level Four$80.0040 minutes

Non-graded assessment

The Board offers two assessment levels to allow students who do not wish to take an examination to have their work evaluated.

Levels One and Two$150.0040 minutes
Levels Three and above$260.0060 minutes

Locations and Dates

Practical Examinations

Practical examinations are held bi-annually.

In 2018 session one will be held from August 1st until August 31st and session two from December 1st until December 20th.

Entries for practical examinations close April 14th and September 22nd respectively. Entries received within two weeks from these dates will incur a late entry fee of $10. Entries will only be accepted after that at the discretion of the Board and will incur a late entry fee of $25 per exam.


Theory Examinations

Theory examinations are held bi-annually.
In 2018 session one will be held on May 5th and session two on October 27th.

Entries for theory exams close March 24th and September 8th respectively. Theory exams will be available in all examination centres and in other places on request.
Diploma Examinations

Diploma examinations may be arranged on request at a mutually convenient time outside normal examination sessions in main centres only. There will be a 25% surcharge. All applications to go through the Board.

Examination Venues & Local Representatives

Whangarei, Auckland, Matamata/Piako, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Whakatane, Gisborne, Napier/Hastings, Wanganui/Marton, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.

For all other places please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements for your students.

The board has established these guidelines for examination venues. If teachers wish to request examinations in their own studios they should first consult these guidelines to determine whether or not their space is suitable.

Examiners

Brass
Andrew Buchanan-Smart, MBA, MMS, MA, MMus, FTCL, LTCL, AIRMT, MInstD
Rupert d'Cruze, B.Mus, Cert. Orch. Studies GSMD London
Mathew Stenbo, MusBHons, GradDipTeach
Nigel Weeks, MA (Performance), Teaching Diploma
Iaan Wilson, ARAM, FTCL

Guitar
William Bower

Piano
Gillian Bibby, MA (1st), B.Mus Hons (1st), FWCMT, LRSM, LTCL, AIRMT, SuzTT
Andrew Buchanan-Smart, MBA, MMS, MA, MMus, FTCL, LTCL, AIRMT, MInstD
John van Buskirk, B.Mus Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester USA, MM Juilliard School USA
Rupert d'Cruze, B.Mus, Cert. Orch. Studies GSMD London
Ingrid Culliford, LRSM, LRAM (Flute & Piano), Dip Ram, ARAM, AIRMT
Paul Ellery, Dip. Mus (Hons) Dip Tchg
David Griffiths, M.Mus Hons (1st)
Rae de Lisle, BA, LRSM, LTCL, AIRMT
Richard Mapp, LRSM, B Mus Hons, Hon ARAM, Dip RAM
Kim Naden, ARCM (Hons) LRAM (London) AIRMT
Max Olding AM, M Mus (Qld), Dip Mus (Melb), AMusA, FQCM
Pamela Page, LMusA, AMusA
Margaret Seagrave, B.A., LRAM, ARCM, LGSM, FIRMT.
Singing
Judy Bellingham, Mentre, BA, FTCL, LRSM, Dip Tchg, AIRMT
Glenese Blake, MA(AT) F.Dip.SCSM
Flora Edwards, TTC(Speech Therapy); AdvDipTerTchg; FTCL; LRSM
David Griffiths, M.Mus Hons (1st)

Strings
Martin Griffiths, M. Mus, Ph.D
Tessa Petersen, MusB(Hons), PG Dip (RCM)
Ted Pople, B.Mus., LRSM, Cert.High Scholastic Achievement Indiana University
James Tennant
Val Thorburn, L.R.S.M., A.C.T.T., AIRMT.

Theory
June Mathieson

Woodwind
Ingrid Culliford, LRSM, LRAM (Flute & Piano), Dip Ram, ARAM, AIRMT
Deborah Maud, B.Mus (Perf), LRSM, ATCL
Deborah Rawson, B.A., Dip Mus, FTCL, LRSM
Sally Tibbles, M.Mus, Dip Tchg