In compiling this syllabus the New Zealand Music Examinations Board has used the relevant Violin books which are published by Allans Publishing and readily available through the local music suppliers or direct from Allans Publishing in Melbourne. Also there is further choice in the NZMEB Syllabus List, editions are mentioned only as a means of identification.

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.

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

From Grades 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

Scales and Exercises:

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


Entrants must provide their own accompanists who remain in the room only while accompanying. A teacher may act as accompanist. Accompaniment is not required for extra repertoire list pieces.


Entrants are not bound to any particular school of bowing or fingering. However the results must be logical and musical.


For Seventh and Eighth Grade and the Associate and Licentiate examinations, cadenzas must be included where indicated in concerto movements.


The use of marked or fretted fingerboards is only permitted to the end of level 1.


Entrants from Fifth Grade and above must tune their own instruments ready for examination. Teachers should ensure that entrants for all grades have their violins set up properly to allow easy tuning, ie with adjusters. 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 Pamela Dowsett and Tessa Petersen in compiling these syllabuses. NZMEB would also like show appreciation to Lynley Culliford for her contribution with collating additional Suzuki repertoire. With grateful thanks to Mr Edward Pople for kindly granting permission to print the exercises for Grade Five from his book of 'Essential Technique For Violin' Published by Midinod Enterprise.