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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and describe music in various cultural contexts 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261257  Identify and describe music in various cultural contexts 
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 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 
The qualifying learner will be able to describe and meaningfully experience music of various cultures and aurally distinguish between a number of genres and styles.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Describing the cultural contexts of world music.
  • Identifying and describing the elements of world music.
  • Identifying and describing the characteristics that determine cultural context.
  • Describing how styles evolved and spread globally. 

  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the cultural contexts of world music. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Music of two Western cultures is identified and described according to their cultural contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Western cultures include, but are not limited to Europe, North America etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Music of two non-western cultures is identified and described according to their cultural contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Non-western cultures include, but are not limited to South America, West Indies, Australasia, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Music of different cultures is compared and differences identified focusing on the use of keys, chords, tempo and harmony. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Melodic and harmonic differences in music cultures are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Vocal and/or instrument characteristics of music cultures are described and noted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and describe the elements of music around the world. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Elements of music in different music styles and genres are identified, described and differentiated according to cultural contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Styles and genres include, but are not limited to Europe, North America, South America, West Indies, India, Arabia, Australasia etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rhythm, dynamics and metre in different styles and genres are analysed and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Melodic and harmonic characteristics in different styles and genres are analysed and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Vocals and/or instruments used in different music cultures are described and noted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and describe the characteristics that determine cultural context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Social and historical background of at least five different musical styles and genres are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Music development of at least five styles is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Origins of music related to these styles are described and compared. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aspects of origins includes, but are not limited to composers, performers, promoters etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe how styles evolved and spread globally. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Role of each style played in its local culture is described according to its cultural context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Geographical distribution of these styles is described according to culture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Communication via these styles through communal music making, concerts, electronic media and recording is compared. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of these styles is compared according to influence on the music industry. 


    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 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:
  • Social, cultural and historical contexts of music.
  • World musical genres and styles.
  • Global impact of cultural music. 

  • 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 categorising music cultures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team to identify and describe the similarities and differences of various music cultures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using language skills in the modes of oral and/or written communication to describe various technical differences and similarities between various music cultures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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: 
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