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, As this syllabus has only recently been developed, the process of review will be ongoing. NZMEB invites comments and suggestions for additional repertoire. To date New Zealand compostions have not been included and we would especially welcome suggestions for these. Please forward all suggestions to the National Administrator.

Examination Music

NZMEB accepts pieces as listed in current and previous AMEB syllabuses. These can be used as either or both of the "two list pieces". 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. Entrants should not play repeats in examinations, however any da capo must be played.


There are no additional theory requirements for Grades 6-8.


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


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.

Entrants changing from Performance Viola to Viola

Entrants in Performance Viola are permitted to swap to the Viola syllabus by presenting three pieces by three different composers two of which must be in the Performance Viola 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.

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. NZMEB gratefully acknowledges the technical expertise and advice so generously donated by Pamela Dowsett in compiling these syllabuses.