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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply aural and musical listening skills 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243598  Apply aural and musical listening skills 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
This unit standard will enable the learner to apply intermediate aural and musical listening techniques (See supplementary information) to transcribe musical pieces.

This unit standard will contribute to the development of the learner within the music field by providing recognition, mobility and portability within the various sub-fields of economic activity in the music industry. The skills, knowledge and attitudes embedded within this unit standard are essential for creating a solid foundation to function in the field of music.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Identifying and interpreting chords.
  • Identifying and applying intervals and common diatonic chord progressions.
  • Demonstrating melodic and rhythmic dictation.
  • Transcribing basic lead sheet. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Language and Communication at NQF level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2 or equivalent.
  • Aural Skills (Basic) at NQF level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and interpret chords. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major and minor, triads, augmented, diminished and suspended forth chords and their respective inversions are identified and their differences noted according to industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Major, minor, augmented diminished and suspended forth triads and their respective inversions are sung using any recognised notation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Spelling (example: C- would represent C minor) of above chord symbols are identified and noted according to industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Note values specified by provider are used to write the chord tones of melodic and harmonic scales. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and apply intervals and common diatonic chord progressions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Associated melodic degrees as well as the intervals 1-8 of well-known songs are learnt and sung using any standard notation according to industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Intervals are aurally recognised and noted according to industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Common chord progressions are identified and notated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Chord progressions when played in any inversion are recognised. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate melodic and rhythmic dictation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Four bar melodies are sight read. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Melodies includes, but is not limited to: note values of a semibreve, minim, crochet and Quavers, keys C, G and F major using sol-fa for example.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A metronome is used at industry recognised tempo. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Four bar rhythms are sight read. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rhythms include, but is not limited to: note values of a semibreve, minim, crochet and Quavers.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Transcribe basic lead sheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A basic song/piece is transcribed according to industry standard and provider specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Theoretical understanding of notation concepts is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Chord progressions are displayed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Pitch and rhythm are recognised and correctly used. 


    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 4 qualification in the sub-field of music.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessment of this Unit Standard, 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 
    Embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Chord identification.
  • Intervals and chord progressions.
  • Melodic and Aural dictation.
  • Musical transcription. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in the transcription of musical pieces. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of the team through melodic and rhythmic dictation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly while applying aural and musical listening skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion in applying aural and musical listening abilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by demonstrating an understanding of the handling and usage of musical instruments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of musical contexts. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:
  • "Basic" refers to Level 2 music related competence.
  • "Intermediate" refers to Level 3 music related competence as described in this unit standard.
  • "Advanced" relates to skills and knowledge related to NQF level 4 music related competencies. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58143   National Certificate: Music Industry Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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.
     
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