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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform on Keyboard 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262297  Perform on Keyboard 
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 
This unit standard will enable learners to understand the theory and aural elements of music in order to improve speed to programme music. It will ensure that qualifying learners will be able to demonstrate keyboard skills at semi-professional level of difficulty.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating semi-professional keyboard technique.
  • Demonstrating semi-professional sight reading skills.
  • Recognising and demonstrating different styles of music on the keyboard.
  • Describing and analysing different music pieces. 

  • 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 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Display semi-professional keyboard technique. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major and natural minor, harmonic and melodic minor scales are played with hands together, one octave up and down, according to standard music industry practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Scales include, but not limited to the keys of C, G, D, A, E and F.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Major7, minor7, dominant 7 and triad chords and chord exercises are played. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Advanced finger exercises emphasizing correct finger numbering is conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Exercises using hand together or apart is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate advanced sight reading skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Note values and pitches are recognised, read and demonstrated according to standard music industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A piece of music is interpreted and reproduced within a specified time frame. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Music pieces, include but is not limited to:
  • A twelve bar piece of music given during the assessment and studied for one minute.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A melodic piece is read and performed according to organisational specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The above musical piece is played rhythmically accurate according to music standard music industry practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognise and demonstrate different styles of music in the context of the keyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Four different genre music pieces are chosen, applied and demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Music pieces include, but is not limited to: two sections per piece.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stylistically correct rhythm is expressed in the demonstration of the specific piece according to the genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Stylistically correct form is expressed in the demonstration of the specific piece according to the genre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stylistically correct comping is expressed in the demonstration of the specific piece according to the genre. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe and analyse different music pieces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Genres are identified and named according standard music industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Harmonic implications/chords and arpeggios are identified according to the genre as required by the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Melodic implications (intervals, major scales) are identified according to the genre as stipulated by the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rhythmic implications are identified according to the genre as specified by the organisation. 


    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 qualification in the music 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:
  • Ability to play the keyboard at a semi-professional level to underpin aural and theory of music.
  • Understand different genres from a keyboard perspective. 

  • 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 which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking has been made by identifying and solving problems within the scope of work. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team or organization while exploring and developing keyboard techniques. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly to effectively acquire the basic keyboard skill. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using the appropriate mode of communication and/or mathematical skill in displaying the key board skill. 

    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 the keyboard. 

    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 making learners of range of careers in the music field. 

    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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