Music Technology unit standards

Current review

NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) is reviewing unit standards at levels 1-3 in the Music Technology domain.

Initial consultation during February – March 2020 on proposed changes to the suite has identified the need for an additional standard at Level 3. Feedback on a draft new standard Operate music notation software application(s) (PDF, 135KB) is now being sought by Friday 7 August 2020.

Consultation feedback has also resulted in minor amendments to the other proposed standards.

The tables below summarise the key changes, including replacement relationships for the standards proposed to expire (December 2022), and it includes the new and amended standards. The new/replacement standards appear in bold.

Expiring Music Technology Standards with Replacements

ID

Title

Level

Credits

27656 (to expire)

Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of music technology equipment and techniques

1

4

New a (PDF, 97KB)

Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of the features and functions of MIDI sequencing

1

2

New b (PDF, 94KB)

Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of the features and functions of music notation applications

1

2

27658 (to expire)

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of electronic music production and music notation application(s)

2

4

New c (PDF, 99KB)

Apply knowledge of MIDI sequencing

2

3

New d (PDF, 97KB)

Apply knowledge of music notation application(s)

2

3

23730 (to expire)

Operate music sequencing, editing, and music notation application(s)

3

8

New e (PDF, 97KB)

 Apply and operate music sequencing and editing application(s)

3

4

New f (PDF, 135KB)

Operate music notation software application(s)

3

3

Reviewed Music Technology Standard

ID

Title

Level

Credits

27657 (PDF, 94KB)

Demonstrate knowledge of the development and usage of music technology, techniques, and associated equipment

2

4

As part of the review, outcomes on creating sequences using music technology equipment now occupy their own unique standards, as do those on using music notation software. This allows greater flexibility for their use, as students often focus in one area only.

The standards on sequencing have a greater focus on musical creativity and real-world application that can be applied across genres and require demonstration of a greater range of techniques than previously.

Resources and links

Contact

For more information and/or comments regarding these unit standards, please email: nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

 
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