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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and apply aural techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261278  Identify and apply aural techniques 
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 
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 the learner to begin to apply basic transcription techniques. This unit standard will further enable the learner to apply advanced aural and musical listening techniques to transcribe musical pieces. The skills, knowledge and attitudes embedded within this unit standard are essential for developing competencies to practice as a professional in the field.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Identifying and constructing intervals.
  • Identifying and interpreting chords.
  • Identifying and practising common diatonic chord progressions.
  • Demonstrating melodic dictation and singing in any standard notation.
  • Demonstrating rhythmic dictation and clapping of rhythms.
  • Formulating basic lead sheet transcription for three pieces. 

  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and construct intervals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major and minor common intervals are identified and sung in any notation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include but not limited to intervals of 1st-10th.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Intervals are inverted and identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interval relationship is compared in the sections of specified musical pieces. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and interpret chords. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between chords and their respective inversions are recognised once they have been played as specified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Chords at this level include major7, minor7, dominant7, augmented7, diminished7, half diminished 7 and minor major 7.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chords are sung in all their inversions as specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Chord tone constructions are demonstrated by writing them down as specified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and practise common diatonic chord progressions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Semi-professional chord progressions are found and identified in a specified composition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Roman numerals are understood and formulated as specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Chord progressions are recognised when played in any inversion specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Twelve bar melodies are composed demonstrating the use and application of Roman numeral. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate melodic dictation and singing in any standard notation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A twelve bar melody is sight read by singing it in any standard notation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to the following:
  • Exercises should be conducted in Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian modes: note values of a Semi breve, minim, crotchet, quavers in the keys of C, G, D, A, F, Eb, Ab and Bb major should be used.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Melodies are sung and accompanied by learners on instruments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include but not limited to:
  • Un-tuned percussion students should perform these exercises on keyboard.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A twelve bar melody is dictated after it is played 3 times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Note values of a Semi breve, minim, crotchet, quavers and semi quavers in the keys of C, G, D, A, F, Eb, Ab and Bb major should be used.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A metronome is used to dictate melodies as required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include but not limited to 75 bpm.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate rhythmic dictation and clapping of rhythms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A twelve bar rhythm is sight read by clapping it after studying it for a short time. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to:
  • Note values of a semi breve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semi quaver and semi quaver triplets.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rhythmic exercises are clapped and counted out loudly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A twelve bar rhythm is dictated after it is played three times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A metronome is used to dictate melodies as required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include but not limited to 75 bpm.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Formulate basic lead sheet transcription for three pieces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A song is listened to and sections labelled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The quantity of bars allocated is according to the song sections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The form of the song is written down in the shortest, most musical bar format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Repeat sign, 1st time, 2nd time bars, D.C, D.S, D.S al Coda should be applied where needed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Entire pieces are transcribed, demonstrating the use of appropriate melodies and rhythms. 


    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 6 competency in the field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing 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 
    Embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Identify and apply chords, Intervals and chord progressions.
  • Melodic and Aural dictation.
  • Transcription. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in a responsible manner using critical and creative thinking in making decisions relating to applying aural skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team during group presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while applying the various aural skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written communication while applying aural skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by demonstrating an understanding of health and safety aspects during the handling and usage of musical instruments and equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by enabling employment in the music industry. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  65050   National Certificate: Music  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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