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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and apply aural skills 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261243  Identify and apply aural skills 
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 
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 apply basic 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 in the field of music.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard 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 two music 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 3.
  • The unit standard: apply aural and music listening skills at NQF Level 3 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 
    Common intervals include:
  • But is not limited to intervals of 1st-8th.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Intervals are inverted and recognised according to music. 

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and interpret chords. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between chords and their respective inversions are recognised as specified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Chords at this level include major7, minor7, dominant7.
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Chord tone construction is demonstrated by notation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and practise common diatonic chord progressions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common chord progressions are identified in a specified composition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Roman numerals are formulated as specified. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Eight to twelve bar melodies are composed using Roman numeral analyses. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An eight bar melody is sight read by singing it in any standard notation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Note values include, but is not limited to:
  • Semibreve, minim, crotchet, quavers in the keys of C, G, D, F and B flat major etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Melodies are sung and accompanied by learners on their chosen instrument. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Un-tuned percussion learners should perform these exercises on keyboard.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An eight bar melody is dictated after it is heard 3 times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Note values includes, but is not limited to:
  • Semibreve, minim, crotchet, quavers in the keys of C, G, D, F and B flat major.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A melody is dictated using a metronome. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Minimum tempo: 65 bpm.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate rhythmic dictation and clapping of rhythms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An eight bar rhythm is sight read by clapping it after studying it for a limited time. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Note values includes, but is not limited to:
  • Semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semi-quaver, semi-quaver triplets.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An eight bar rhythm is dictated after it is played three times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A rhythmic phrase is dictated using a metronome. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Minimum tempo: 65 bpm.
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The quantity of bars is allocated to each song section. 

    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 is applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A whole song is transcribed by using the 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 5 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:
  • Chord identification and interpretation.
  • Interval and chord progression recognition.
  • Melodic and aural dictation.
  • Lead sheet 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 identifying and interpreting chords. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team through group presentation. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written communication while formulating lead sheet transcription. 

    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
    Core  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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