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. New Zealand music is available from SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music, Level 1, 39 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, 6001.Tel 04-801 8602, Fax 04-801 8604,

Examination Music

NZMEB accepts pieces as listed in current and previous AMEB syllabuses. An entrant for may enter a List A, List B, List C or List D piece from the equivalent AMEB list. Entrants may not use photocopies for performance (other than for facilitating page turns) in examinations, as this is prohibited by the Copyright Act. When entrants enter the examination room they must hand copies of all list pieces being performed, to the examiner, together with their examination slip. Copies for examiner use of extra repertoire list pieces in the Performance syllabuses are optional. 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.


Dominant Seventh arpeggios are to be played in the specified key.
Diminished Seventh arpeggios are to start on the specified note.
In all grades scales and arpeggios are to be played from memory.

Extra repertoire list: Samples of entrant's work for the year

From Grade 1 to Grade 7 all entrants must present other pieces of their choice, as evidence of study beyond those presented for the examination. These should be at a similar level to those already in the syllabus, and may come from the syllabus or from a source other than the lists below. Examiners, at their discretion, will ask entrants to demonstrate familiarity with these pieces by performing the whole or any part of them during the examination. Entrants must bring a copy of the music to the examination room. The following minimum requirements apply:
Grade 1 - one piece
Grades 2 to 7 - two pieces Entrants should not play repeats in examinations, however any da capo must be played.
Co-requisites - to complete Grade 6 practical, a Pass is required in NZMEB Grade 3 Theory
Grade 7 practical, a Pass is required in NZMEB Grade 4 Theory
Grade 8 practical, a Credit Pass is required in NZMEB Grade 4 Theory
AMusNZ, a Credit Pass is required in NZMEB Grade 5 Theory
LMusNZ, a Pass is required in NZMEB Grade 6 Theory
Entrants have 36 months in which to complete the co-requisite theory component. FOR ACCEPTABLE EQUIVALENTS PLEASE SEE THE THEORY SYLLABUS NZMEB gratefully acknowledges the technical expertise and advice so generously donated by Martin Griffiths in compiling these syllabuses.