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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Play a musical instrument 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261338  Play a musical instrument 
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 4  NQF Level 04  15 
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 learner studying towards achieving this unit standard will develop advanced practical instrument ability.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Analysing and demonstrating knowledge of four different genres on chosen instrument.
  • Demonstrating advanced technical skills on the chosen instrument.
  • Performing on chosen instrument.
  • Sight reading on chosen instrument. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits and level assigned to this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners have already attained the following competencies:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Play a music instrument at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse and demonstrate knowledge of four different genres on chosen instrument. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Origin and development of genres is explained according to genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sounds of the various genres on the chosen instrument are identified according to the genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Rhythmic characteristics are explained and demonstrated for each genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Melodic characteristics are explained and demonstrated for each genre. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate advanced technical skills on the chosen instrument. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Warm up exercises are conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Position of notes/tones on chosen instrument is expanded upon from the previous level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Scales for melodic instruments/voice or rudiments for un-tuned percussion instruments are demonstrated and played/sung. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Technical exercises are played/sung. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Chords/broken chords are demonstrated for melodic instruments and grooves are demonstrated for un-tuned percussion. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Technical skills includes, but not limited to:
  • Quaver and quaver triplet rhythms, all modes of the major scale, all diatonic chords of the major scale.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform on chosen instrument. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Music pieces are performed un/accompanied for a minimum of twenty minutes in duration according to performance indicators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Four suitable music pieces differing in genre are performed with accompaniment according to performance indicators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Rhythm and phrasing are applied to the specific pieces according to the genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tempo is applied to the specific pieces according to the genre. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Sight read and play on chosen instrument. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An excerpt of no less than sixteen bars is played/sung from sight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Time signature is observed according to music piece. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Time signatures includes, but not limited to:
  • 2/4, , 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key signature is observed according to music piece. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Key signatures includes, but not limited to:
  • Keys of C, G, F, D, Bb, A, E, Eb, Ab Major and their relative minors.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Notated note values and rests are adhered to according to music piece. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to:
  • Semibreve, minim, crochet, quaver notes, quaver, triplets and rests. Dots and ties for all the above note values included.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pitch is recognised and demonstrated according to music pitch. 


    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 NQF Level 5 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 
    Embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Knowledge of instrument.
  • Technical skill on instrument.
  • Musical knowledge for performance.
  • Sight reading on instrument. 

  • 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 in developing practical instrument ability. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while developing practical instrument ability. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written communication while rehearsing and playing with other musician in a group. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by correctly handling and using musical instruments. 

    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
    Elective  65029   Further Education and Training Certificate: Music  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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