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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Recondition action and keys of the acoustic piano 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243312  Recondition action and keys of the acoustic piano 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Piano Restoration and Tuning 
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 
This unit standard will equip the qualifying learner with the competencies to recondition the action and the keys of the acoustic piano (Grand piano or Upright piano). The knowledge and skills to undertake the basic restoration of the acoustic piano is included here. The qualifying learner will be able to repair and replace the moving parts of the action and keys of the instrument.

Learners accredited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Repairing the keys of the acoustic piano.
  • Re-facing the hammers of the acoustic piano.
  • Fitting a set of new hammers to the acoustic piano.
  • Replacing the component materials of the action of the acoustic piano. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Repair the keys of the acoustic piano. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Acoustic pianos include: Grand piano or Upright piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The method to strip and clean acoustic piano keys is demonstrated in accordance with organisational processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The identified black and white key tops of the acoustic piano are repaired with ivory, celluloid or acrylic according to organisational processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Re-bushing key mortices according to organisational processes and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Re-face the hammers of the acoustic piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The hammers of the acoustic piano are set-up and secured according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The hammers of the acoustic piano are cleaned and shaped using the materials and equipment according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The re-faced hammers of the acoustic piano are inspected for shape then reassembled as needed according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Fit a set of new hammers to the acoustic piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The worn hammers of the acoustic piano are disassembled and removed according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The new hammers of the acoustic piano are replaced according to organisational processes and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Replace the component materials of the action of the acoustic piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The action parts of the acoustic piano are inspected and identified for replacement according to organisational processes and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials and parts include, but are not limited to: centre pins, tapes, leather, felts, springs and loops.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The identified action parts of the acoustic piano are disassembled according to organisational processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The identified action parts of the acoustic piano are replaced according to organisational processes and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials and parts include, but are not limited to: centre pins, tapes, leather, felts, springs and loops.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The repaired action parts of the acoustic piano are reassembled according to organisational processes and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of the integrated competence described in this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with the inspection and recording the condition of the acoustic piano using responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a work team to inspect and record the condition of the acoustic piano. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to inspect and record the condition of the acoustic piano. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in the establishment of the nature and scope of the repair and restoration of the acoustic piano. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving occurs in a variety of contexts in the piano industry. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification related to Acoustic Piano Restoration and Tuning or a related sub-field of Culture and Arts at a minimum of NQF level 3. 

  • 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  65510   National Certificate: Piano Restoration  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Core  58010   National Certificate: Piano Restoration  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-04-08  Was CATHSSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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