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] Alfred publications have their book number for ease of reference. Essential Keyboard Repertoire Vol 8 has been used from Grade 1 through to Grade 7. C.D.s are available for both Kjos, and Hal Leonard books.
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. 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. Entrants should not play repeats in examinations, however any da capo must be played.
In all grades technical work, 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.
There are no additional theory requirements for Grades 6-8.
Credit will be awarded for appropriate improvisation. It is acknowledged that within some of the styles presented improvisation will be appropriate. Care however must be taken to maintain the work's musical integrity and level of difficulty. A copy of the work with the improvisation section marked must be brought to the examination for use by the examiner.
Instruments to be used
Entrants will use acoustic piano, or alternatively may provide their own electronic/digital keyboard, stand and power lead with which to sit their exam. Up to Grade 5 it must have a minimum 5 octave range, and full size velocity sensitive keys. From Grade 3 an external sustain pedal is necessary. Entrants choice of repertoire must fit within the compass of their keyboard. From Grade 6 onwards keyboards must be full size with weighted action velocity sensitive keys of standard size. At the time the entry is made the National Administrator must be advised of the entrant's intention to use their own keyboard.
Entrants changing from Performance Piano to Piano
Entrants in Performance Piano are permitted to swap to the Piano syllabus by presenting three pieces by different composers two of which must be in the Performance Piano syllabus of the same grade. The third piece may be an own choice piece and should be at a similar level to those already in the syllabus. Entrants should advise the examiner of the change when they enter the examination room and mark the appropriate box on their examination slip.
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.