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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply music theory 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261283  Apply music theory 
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  10 
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 unit standard forms part of the core learning for any study in music. It will entrench the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to any career in the music industry.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Deriving advanced notation.
  • Constructing and applying scales within keys.
  • Analysing and constructing chords and chord progressions.
  • Understanding and memorising music related terminologies. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication, NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Derive advanced notation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The notations for clefs are recognised and compared according to internationally used notations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Clefs include treble, bass, alto and tenor.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Half note values are recognised. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Values (half or double) include rests and time signatures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Double note values are recognised and rewritten. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Melodies are transposed to different keys, clefs and values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Construct and apply scales within keys. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All major and minor key signatures are constructed and applied for alto and tenor clefs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All major, minor harmonic minor, melodic and Gregorian modes are constructed for tenor and alto clefs (ascending and descending). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All major and minor pentatonic scales are constructed for treble and bass clefs (ascending and descending). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All Harmonic and melodic chromatic scales are constructed for treble and bass clefs (for all keys). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse and construct chords and chord progressions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The construction of all major, minor, augmented, half-diminished, diminished, dominant and suspended fourth quartads for all four clefs is illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The quartad diatonic system for the major scale are illustrated and applied for all twelve keys. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The quartad diatonic system for the minor scale for all twelve keys are illustrated and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The Roman numeral formulae for the imperfect cadence is memorised and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All pre-cadence chords for the perfect, imperfect, plagal and deceptive are identified and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Voice leading for any quartad chord progression is applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Diatonic chord progressions are analysed for cadence patterns, secondary and extended dominants and dual function chords. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand and memorise music related terminologies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Music terminologies include doppio movimento, expressione, martellato, incalzando, tremolo, vibrato, vigoroso, con forza, atonality, polytonality, opus moto, mancando, allegro, confuoco, brilliante, capriccioso, come prima, come supra and delicate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Music terminologies are described according to international music standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Music terminologies are memorised and recited according to international music standards. 


    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 sub-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 
    The embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Theory skills.
  • Knowledge of music rudiments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes while deriving advanced notation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team or group to ensure that maximum input/benefit is achieved from others in the application of music theory. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly in applying music theory to inform workplace/organisational functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written communication in applying music theory. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by responsibly using 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 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
    Core  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: 
    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 



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