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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge and skills of music technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253335  Apply knowledge and skills of music technology 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
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 
The qualifying learner will be able to use musical technology to notate, compose and arrange music in audio and audio-visual formats.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Investigating the history, development and function of music technology.
  • Using music hardware and software systems to make music.
  • Arranging, performing and recording music.
  • Creating audio and audio-visual files in various formats. 

  • 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 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Investigate the history, development and function of music technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Available literature is identified, located and evaluated to make informed choices in terms of suitability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An overview of the development of musical technology is compiled in terms of its changing functions and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Terminology related to music technology is defined and interpreted according to standard usage. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand music hardware and software systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Music hardware and software systems are identified in terms of their functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Available music hardware and software systems are analysed in terms of their capabilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Music hardware and software systems are selected to achieve compositional objectives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Arrange, compose and record music. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Music is arranged using available technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Music is composed using available technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Music is recorded using available technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The brief to create music is completed within a given timeframe. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use audio and audio-visual files. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various audio and audio-visual file formats are differentiated in relation to capabilities and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate audio and audio-visual file formats are used to complete the composition, arrangement and recording process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The audio and audio-visual file formats are used in accordance with copyright legislation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification 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 competence described in the Specific Outcomes as well as the integrated competence described in this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Musical hardware and software.
  • Music composition, arrangement and recording.
  • Copyright legislation.
  • Historical development of music technology. 

  • 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 using musical hardware and software to create music by employing responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team when creating, performing and recording music in various formats. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in demonstrating the appropriate and safe use of musical technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion to analyse and interpret the historical development and trends of the use of musical technology. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors 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 in the field of Culture and Arts or the sub-field of Music at a minimum of NQF Level 6. 

  • 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  65050   National Certificate: Music  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Core  59589   National Diploma: Music  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  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.
     
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