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, [email protected] NZMEB gratefully acknowledges the technical expertise and advice so generously donated by Judy Bellingham, Flora Edwards and David Griffiths in compiling these syllabuses.

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. 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.

Memory Work

It is recommended that from the earliest grades entrants should be encouraged to perform the chosen songs from memory. With the exception of Oratorio/Cantata, memorisation of all Grade 8 and diploma programmes is required.


Except in the case of arias from Opera and Oratorio, songs may be transposed to any suitable key.

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

From Grades 1 to Grade 7 all entrants must present other songs 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 songs 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: Grades 1 to 7 - one extra study song

Accompaniments for pieces

Entrants must provide their own accompanists who remain in the room only while accompanying. A teacher may act as accompanist. A chordal accompaniment may be added where none is in place, unless item is to be performed unaccompanied.

Technical Work

Technical Work is progressive throughout the grades. Metronome markings should be used as an approximation, a reasonable proximity to these markings will be acceptable. Scales, arpeggios and exercises may be transposed to suit the range of the entrant's voice. Entrants must select a starting note and that note or a chord will be played before each scale, arpeggio or exercise. Where no syllable is specified, entrants must be prepared to sing on any of the vowel sounds. For Level One and Two entrants, vowels may be preceded by a consonant. At Level Three and above, except where otherwise specified, vowels may not be preceded by a consonant. All printed technical exercises for the grade, need to be learnt unaccompanied and ready for presentation during the examination. Examiners may, at their discretion, choose to hear only a selection of these. Teachers are encouraged to use all exercises in all Grades as a sequential vocal development tool, while concentrating on the exercises for the particular Grade for which the entrant is entered. The unaccompanied folk song is a constant in Preliminary to Grade 2 as it allows personal choice to suit entrants' strengths, and is an excellent tool for assessing pitch, diction and communication skills. Unless otherwise stated, all exercises should be practiced on all vowels. For Grades 3 to 8 the entrant must present, along with the compulsory scales and exercises, one of the vocal studies or an unaccompanied folk song as listed for the grade. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) has been used to indicate vowels and consonants on which to sing the exercises. Exercises and Scales are ways of keeping the voice fit and flexible. Technical exercises give entrants the vocal tools to sing songs with enjoyment and confidence, which helps the audience to enjoy the singing too.
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