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Michael Houstoun"Among the things I love about the NZMEB are, firstly, that it says goodbye to the 'cringe'...it is very happily homegrown. Then there are the great repertoire lists, both extensive and musically wide-ranging. I could go on..."

Michael Houstoun, Patron NZMEB

Now there's a music examinations board firmly grounded in New Zealand.

New Zealand Music Examinations Board is a quality, national alternative for music assessment; developed from a maturity and independence that has characterised our country and its achievements. We are proud to celebrate and advance New Zealand music standards.

Our syllabuses have been composed after detailed consultation with teachers, universities and musicians, and include repertoire from New Zealand composers. With widely respected specialist examiners involved, we have set our standards high.

We currently offer syllabuses in piano, clarinet, oboe, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, singing, violin, viola, cello, bassoon, recorder and theory. Many of these are also offered at Performance standard. In each, our dedication to excellence is unswerving.

NZMEB has course approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, recognising commitment to high standards of achievement.

NZMEB is here to stay. Join us and help be a part of this young and exciting development that is wholly ours - a truly New Zealand music curriculum.

Tertiary Education Accreditation
NZMEB's successful Associate and Licentiate diploma entrants can now access credits across a wide range of bachelor degrees at the University of Waikato.
Successful Associate Diploma entrants can access 30 unspecified credits at 100 level and successful Licentiate Diploma entrants are able to access 60 credits, 20 at 300 level and another 40 at 100, and 200 levels.

NZMEB has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec).
Successful candidates in NZMEB grades 4 & 5 theory, grades 7 & 8 practical music, and performance certificate can be awarded unspecified credits in music towards their chosen pathway in the Wintec Certificate in Media Arts. 
Holders of NZMEB Associate and Licentiate Diplomas can access unspecified credits in music at 100 and 200 levels towards the Wintec Bachelor of Media Arts degree.


Our mission
To develop and deliver to music students at all levels, a balanced, comprehensive,
professional New Zealand based curriculum and assessment programme
that will develop musical performance as a lifetime skill.