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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Create and arrange music 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243602  Create and arrange music 
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 qualifying learners to create and manipulate music for use in various contexts.

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:
  • Composing a song.
  • Applying chords over a melody of a short song.
  • Constructing and applying chord progressions.
  • Analysing various music styles. 

  • 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 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy, NQF level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Compose a song. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Twelve bar blues songs/works are composed according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Twenty four bar songs are composed in different styles demonstrating knowledge of drum patterns, form, typical lyrics, instrumentation, typical artists, and composer by using appropriate compositional techniques according to provider specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Anticipation, delayed attack, inversion, call & response and chromatic & diatonic passing tones are used in short fragments of music according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lyrics are written demonstrating use of basic tools of meter, rhythm, phonetics, phrasing, structure, hook, chorus, verse, bridge, dynamics and vowels according to provider specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply chords over a melody of a short song. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common diatonic chord progressions are explained according to industry standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suitable cadential patterns are used at cadence points in the music. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate chords are added to a given melody. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Apply further cadences and common diatonic chord progressions over the short song composed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Construct and apply chord progressions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Chords for a 32 bar "rhythm changes" song are explained and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chord progression of a song is analysed and transposed to any given key as required by the scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A 32 bar "rhythm changes" chord progression is written in a major key. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Basic blues and minor blues progressions are written. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Melodies are written for blues progressions using the Blues scale and melodic forms for the blues. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse various musical styles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Three international styles and one South African Music style are analysed and explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Styles includes, but is not limited to: Swing, Be-Bop, Cool Jazz and one South African style e.g. township jazz.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Origin of the styles listed above are researched and noted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Two artists per style are researched and noted according to provider's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Instrumentation and great works of the styles are chosen and listed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instrumentation include, but not limited to: audio and visual aids.
     


    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:
  • Intermediate Song Composition.
  • Suitable Chords for a song are identified.
  • Various musical styles are understood. 

  • 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 creating and arranging music. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as member of the team in analysing musical styles and composing a song. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly while constructing and applying chord progressions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion in creating and arranging music. 

    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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