Are there any age limits on entering an examination?
The pre-preliminary test is restricted to ages four to eight, but there are no restrictions for examinations at any other level
For Grade 8 Piano, are there two chromatic double thirds scales to learn or just the one starting on C and E♭?
Just one scale starting on C and E♭
Are there examples of musical knowledge questions asked in Diploma examinations?
The musical knowledge is a general discussion on all the points listed in the syllabus. The examiners use the syllabus to formulate their questions and this evolves depending on how the entrant answers. It often includes matters of form (including cadences and key changes) and how this developed through the eras with specific references to the pieces the entrant is playing and moves to composers and their contemporaries and the development of the instrument through the eras. It is not enough to learn specific answers. The entrant needs to be very conversant with all aspects of the musical knowledge. The examiners want to have an "Intelligent Discussion" with the entrant and are more interested in what the entrant knows rather than trying to catch them out. Examiners often ask quite open questions to give the entrant the opportunity share their knowledge
Is there a dress code for exams?
No but entrants are stongly urged to dress as for a concert performance. Smart school uniform is acceptable.
Can I play off photocopy music?
No. All entrants must present with original scores and bring a photocopy for the examiner. The only exception to this is where music is out of copyright.
Do I need a music stand?
Entrants should bring their own music stand. The venue may not have one.
Are the chromatic third scales in the grade 8 piano syllabus to be played as minor thirds?
Yes. These scales commence with the LH playing the key note while the RH plays the minor third above eg. F chromatic (F, A flat).
Are the chromatic sixths in the grade 8 piano syllabus to be played as Major sixths?
Yes, LH is to commence on the minor third while the RH begins on the keynote above eg. F chromatic (A flat, F).
Can I use music I have downloaded from the internet in my exam?
When music has been purchased as an electronic copy from the internet, a copy of the invoice (and receipt) must be brought into the examination room. Further, music downloaded directly from legal or free download websites must have the particular internet site visible on the pages of music. This allows us to verify the legitimacy of its source.
If a teacher independent of Vision College enters their students for NZMEB exams with NCEA credits, what measures will be in place to moderate Vision College's access to their private data?
"All Schools, PTE’s and Tertiary Institutions capture data for the government to allow recording of accurate completion information. Vision College has been reporting student achievement to the NZQA since 1985 and have a very robust and secure system. Vision College will never share or distribute student data with any third party, except where required for reporting purposes, e.g. with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). We value the privacy and safety of every student, and restrict access to required personnel relevant to the specific learner group. Additionally, all staff are identity verified and regularly Police vetted in accordance with our Child Protection Policy." Chris Hubbard CEO of ATCNZ Ltd (Vision College)