In compiling this syllabus the New Zealand Music Examinations Board has endeavoured to use readily available and affordable editions as indicated in the text. The Board has used each book to the fullest extent possible, however any edition is acceptable. Editions are mentioned solely as a means of identification, and any standard edition will be accepted.

Examination Music

Entrants may not use photocopies for performance (other than for facilitating page turns) in examinations, as this is prohibited by the Copyright Act. Entrants must hand copies of pieces being performed to the examiner together with their examination slip when they enter the examination room. Prescribed music for the duet examinations should be purchased from the publishers, sheet music dealers or the internet. Please note that where pieces are listed in the Syllabus, the publishers are given mainly as an aid to locating material, and are merely suggestions; other authoritative editions of the music will be equally acceptable. Only original printed music may be used in the examination room.


Entrants will be examined as an ensemble and not as individuals. Entrants may play any part (primo or second) of their chosen works, but they must change positions for the performance of at least one of the three pieces. A certificate will be issued to both entrants. This examination is intended for two entrants at a similar level of skill and not for an entrant together with his or her teacher. An entrant may not enter for more than one Duet examination at the same grade level in the same session.


There is no Theory of Music requirement for the piano duet examinations. No Technical work or Musicianship is required. Musical Knowledge is required.

Syllabus Repertoire

Entrants must perform three works two of which must be selected from the prescribed NZMEB list(s). One alternative "own choice" work may be substituted and should be at a similar level to those already in the syllabus. No more than one composition by a specific composer may be presented during the examination. Entrants from Grade 1 to Grade 8 must take different styles and tempi into consideration when choosing their programme. It is recommended that Entrants from Grades 1 to 8 include pieces from at least two different style periods in their programme.