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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate the acoustic piano 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243305  Evaluate the acoustic piano 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Piano Restoration and Tuning 
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 equip the qualifying learner with the competencies to examine the condition of the acoustic piano. The knowledge and skills to undertake this examination will require an understanding of all the components that comprise the acoustic piano and their efficient functioning. The qualifying learner will therefore be able to evaluate condition of the instrument to determine the viability of restoration or repairs.

Learners accredited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Recording characteristics of the acoustic piano.
  • Determining the condition of the acoustic piano.
  • Determining the condition of the acoustic piano back-frame.
  • Establishing the viability of repairing and restoring the acoustic piano. 

  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Record characteristics of acoustic piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The characteristics of the acoustic piano are recorded according to organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Details include, but is not limited to: make, model, serial number, size and age.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The piano type and design type is recorded according to organisational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Types include, upright or grand.
  • Designs include, but is not limited to: over damper, under damper, over strung, straight strung, drop action, simplex and double repeat action.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A detailed inspection of the acoustic piano is undertaken, if necessary, according to organisational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine the condition of the acoustic piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The condition of the external cabinet panels are visually inspected according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sound quality is analysed by playing through the range of keys according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Observations of the condition of the acoustic piano are recorded according to organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Observations to be recorded includes, but is not limited to: loose pins, cracked sound board, defects on action, exterior finish, loose ribs, cracked or broken bridges, cracked pin block and cracked frame.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine the condition of the acoustic piano back-frame. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The action of the acoustic piano is removed according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The condition of the action is determined and recorded in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The acoustic piano back-frame is inspected to determine the condition according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The condition of the back-frame is recorded following the organisational method or checklist. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Recorded observations include, but is not limited to: cracked frame, cracked sound-board, cracked pin-block, loose or broken bridges, broken strings, loose ribs and broken pressure bar.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Establish the viability of repairing and restoring the acoustic piano. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The current value of the acoustic piano is determined based on the detailed inspection according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The cost of repairs is estimated according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The value of the repairs to the piano are established according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client is advised on the viability of the repair and restoration in accordance with organisational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 
  • Acoustic piano types, designs and characteristics.
  • Organisational procedures for sound quality analysis.
  • Organisational procedures for acoustic piano back-frame and action inspection.
  • Organisational procedures for repair viability is established, recorded and communicated. 

  • 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 workshop and wider 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 
    Supplementary information
  • An acoustic piano may be assessed at the client's home or at the organisation's workshop. The assessment report is compiled to determine the quotation. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58011   National Certificate: Acoustic Piano Back-framing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Core  67354   Further Education and Training Certificate: Piano Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.