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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Compose and arrange music 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261288  Compose 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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  13 
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 professional contexts.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Composing songs, melodies and/or compositions to the clients specification.
  • Arranging a melody of a short song for the brass section.
  • Programming compositions using music software and keyboard skills.
  • Recording arrangements of compositions. 

  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Compose songs, melodies and/or compositions to client specifications for the advertising industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A melodic piece/composition suitable in style is composed according to client specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range includes but is not limited to 24-32 bars.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A melodic jingle theme for the advertising industry is composed considering target market and client specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A professional movie soundtrack melodic theme of 24 bars or more is composed according to stylistic requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An instrumental melodic theme of 12-24 bars is composed according to client specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Arrange a melody of a short song for the brass section. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A song is arranged for brass section and for the brass sec. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A basic jingle is arranged for brass section and the chords are interpreted (e.g. Horror or romantic comedy or sitcom). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A basic movie soundtrack is arranged for brass section and the chords are interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An instrumental theme is arranged for brass section and the chords are interpreted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Programme compositions using suitable music software and keyboard skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A song is arranged for brass using suitable computer software and a keyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A jingle is arranged for brass using suitable computer software and a keyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A movie theme is arranged for brass using suitable computer software and a keyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An instrumental theme is arranged for brass using suitable computer software and a keyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Programme, store and print compositions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Record arrangements of compositions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Compositional techniques and arrangements are completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A song arrangement is recorded by a rhythm and brass section. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A jingle is recorded by a rhythm and brass section. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A movie theme is recorded by a rhythm and brass section. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An instrumental theme is recorded by a rhythm and brass section. 


    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:
  • Appropriate song composition.
  • Suitable Chords for a song are identified.
  • Various musical styles are demonstrated. 

  • 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 
    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.
     
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