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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the theory of music 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243592  Apply the theory of music 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The unit standard is core and forms part of the qualification, learning assumed to be in place assists towards this standard.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Using music notation.
  • Specifying time signatures.
  • Recognising key signatures and constructing scales.
  • Recognising and writing chords and chord progressions.

    This unit standard will contribute to the development of a learner in within the music field by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of music. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for creating a solid foundation in the field of music. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Language and Communication, NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy, NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Use music notation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Notes on the lines and spaces on the treble and bass clefs are identified in terms of accepted music practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Notes and spaces include within, above and below the stave.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sharps and flats are identified and written in terms of accepted music practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sharps and Flats include, but is not limited to: 3 Sharps and 3 Flats, Accidentals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The note values of the semi-breve, minum, crochet, and quaver and their respective rests are identified and understood in accordance with accepted music practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Dotted and tied notes are understood according to accepted music practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Specify time signatures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Simple time signatures are recognised and demonstrated according to accepted music practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Time signatures include but not limited to duple 2/4, triple 3/4 and quadruple 4/4.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Compound duple time signatures are recognised and demonstrated in accordance with accepted music practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Time signatures include but not limited to duple 6/8.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Notes are grouped according to the time signatures in a musical context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Bar lines are added to unbarred phrases to illustrate an understanding of time signatures in accordance with internationally accepted music practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognise key signatures and construct scales. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major and minor key signatures up to three sharps and flats are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Major scales for treble and bass clefs up to three sharps and flats are constructed in writing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Natural minor scales for treble and bass clefs up to three sharps and flats are constructed in writing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Harmonic minor scales for treble and bass clefs up to three sharps and flats are constructed in writing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Key of a non-modulating written piece of music is identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Recognise and write chords and chord progressions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major, minor, augmented, half diminished and suspended fourth triads in the keys of three sharps and three flats are constructed in writing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sharps and flats include but not limited to three sharps and three flats.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Guide tones for major, minor, augmented, half diminished and suspended fourth triads are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Root position, first and second inversions of the above mentioned chords are written and recognised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Perfect and imperfect cadences are figured using roman numerals. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed, (including RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must hold a minimum of level 3 qualification in the music field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this US or assessing this US, must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and ETQA guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Basic aural skills.
  • Knowledge of music rudiments.
  • Basic performance skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes while creating and arranging music. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team, group, organization or community to ensure that maximum input/benefit is achieved from others in the creation and arrangement of music. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly to ensure that learner keeps abreast of developments in the music field. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written communication to source information that would help one in creating and arranging music. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by using any required equipment safely in the process of creating and arranging music. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society, by recognising how this skill can enhance one's knowledge, employability and entrepreneurial flair. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58144   National Certificate: Music Industry Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



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