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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop intermediate keyboard skills 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243604  Develop intermediate keyboard 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 learners to understand the theory and aural elements of music in order to improve speed to programme music. It will ensure that qualifying learners will be able to demonstrate keyboard skills at the intermediate level of difficulty (See supplementary information).

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Applying fundamental keyboard technique.
  • Demonstrating basic sight reading skills.
  • Recognising and demonstrating different styles of music for the keyboard.
  • Describing and analysing different music pieces. 

  • 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 competence.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF level 2 or equivalent competence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply fundamental keyboard technique. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major and natural minor scales are played with hands together, one octave up and down, according to industry standard. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Scales include, but not limited to the keys of C, G and D.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Major, minor, triad chords and chord exercises are played according to industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic level finger exercises emphasizing correct finger numbering is conducted according to industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Exercises using hand together or apart is demonstrated according provider's specification. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate basic sight reading skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Note values and pitches are recognised, read and demonstrated according to industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A piece of music is interpreted and reproduced within a specified time frame. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Music pieces, include but is not limited to: a four bar piece of music given during the assessment and studied for one minute.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A melodic piece is read and performed according to provider specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The above musical piece is played rhythmically accurate according to music industry standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognise and demonstrate different styles of music for the keyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Three different genre music pieces are chosen, applied and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stylistically correct rhythm is expressed in the demonstration of the specific piece according to the genre as per industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Stylistically correct form is expressed in the demonstration of the specific piece according to the genre as per industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stylistically correct comping is expressed in the demonstration of the specific piece according to the genre as per industry standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe and analyse three different music pieces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Genres are identified and named according industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Harmonic implications/chords and arpeggios are identified according to the genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Melodic implications (intervals, major scales) are identified according to the genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rhythmic implications are identified according to the genre. 


    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 
    The embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Ability to play the keyboard to underpin aural and theoretic music knowledge.
  • Understand different genres from a keyboard perspective. 

  • 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 developing keyboard skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly while demonstrating different styles for the keyboard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion in developing keyboard 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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