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]

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.


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

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.


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 Violin to Violin

Entrants in Performance Violin are permitted to swap to the Violin syllabus by presenting three pieces by three different composers two of which must be in the Performance Violin 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. Entrants should not play repeats in examinations, however any da capo must be played. 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.