Organisation : Department of Basic Education
Exam : National Senior Certificate Examinations
Document Type : NSC Sample Question Paper
Subject : Music
Category : Grade 12
Year : 2017
Website : https://www.education.gov.za/2017FebMarchNSCExamPapers.aspx
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Education NSC Examination Music Question Paper
TIME: 3 hours
** This question paper consists of 25 pages and 1 manuscript page.
Related / Similar Question Paper : NSC Exam Physical Sciences Question Paper
Instructions & Information
** This question paper consists of FIVE sections, namely SECTIONS A, B, C, D and E. SECTIONS A and B are COMPULSORY.
** SECTION C: WESTERN ART MUSIC (WAM), SECTION D: JAZZ and SECTION E: INDIGENOUS AFRICAN MUSIC (IAM) are choice questions. Answer only ONE of these sections (SECTION C or D or E).
** Write all music notations in SECTION A in pencil and all written text in blue or black ink on this question paper.
** Answer SECTION B and SECTION C or D or E in blue or black ink in the ANSWER BOOK provided.
** Number the questions correctly according to the numbering system used in this question paper.
** The last page of this question paper is manuscript paper intended for rough work. Candidates may remove this page.
** Candidates may NOT have access to any musical instrument for the duration of this examination.
** Candidates must take note of the mark allocation for each question to provide enough information in their answers.
** Write neatly and legibly.
THEORY OF MUSIC (COMPULSORY) (90 minutes)
Answer QUESTION 1
AND QUESTION 2.1 OR 2.2
AND QUESTION 3.1 OR 3.2
AND QUESTION 4.1 OR 4.2.
Answer the questions in the spaces provided on this question paper.
QUESTION 1 (25 minutes)
Study the extract below and answer the questions that follow.**
1.1 Name the main key of this piece. ______________________________________________ (1)
1.2 Name the intervals at 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 according to type and distance.
1.2.2 ______________________________________________ (2)
1.3 Write and name the inversion of the interval at 1.3.
1.4 Name the triads at 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 according to type and position/inversion.
1.5 Rewrite bar 1 of the violin part for viola using the same pitch.
1.6 Transpose the bass part from bars 7–10 a perfect fourth higher. Do NOT use a key signature.
1.7 Rewrite bar 1 of the right-hand part of the piano in compound time. Add the new time signature.
1.8 Write the scales below as indicated. Use semibreves.
1.8.1 Write F# melodic minor, ascending and descending, with key signature. Mark the semitones. (3)
1.8.2 Write the Aeolian mode on E, descending in the alto clef. Do NOT use a key signature. (2)
1.8.3 Write a chromatic scale on Bb, ascending only.
QUESTION 2 : (25 minutes)
Answer EITHER QUESTION 2.1 OR QUESTION 2.2.
2.1 Complete the opening motif below to form a twelve-bar melody in ternary form for any single-line melodic instrument of your choice. Name the instrument for which you are writing. Indicate the tempo and add dynamic and articulation marks.
2.2 Complete the opening motif below to form a twelve-bar melody in ternary form for any single-line melodic instrument of your choice. Name the instrument for which you are writing. Indicate the tempo and add dynamic and articulation marks.
QUESTION 5 :
5.1 Various options are provided as possible answers to the following questions. Write down the question number (5.1.1–5.1.10), choose the answer and make a cross (X) over the letter (A–D) of your choice in the ANSWER BOOK.
Royalties paid to composers when their music is performed in public are called …
B performance rights.
C needletime rights.
D mechanical rights.
5.1.2 Royalties paid to songwriters and performers for CD sales or digital downloads are called …
B performance rights.
C needletime rights.
D mechanical rights.
5.1.3 SAMRO is the abbreviation for the …
A South African Music Relevance Organisation.
B South African Music Rights Organisation.
C South African Music Recording Organisation.
D South African Music Restrictions Organisation.
5.1.4 A person who writes the words of a song is a/an …
5.1.5 A musical work is copyrighted …
A immediately after it has been composed.
B for 80 years after the work has been composed.
C until the year of the composer’s death.
D only two weeks after it has been composed.
WESTERN ART MUSIC (WAM)
QUESTION 6 :
6.1 Which characters are associated with the following voice types in The Magic Flute by Mozart?
6.1.5 Coloratura (5)
6.2 The Magic Flute is considered to be a Singspiel. Write notes to substantiate this statement using examples from this opera. (5)
QUESTION 7 :
Study the table below which represents sonata form and answer the questions that follow.
7.1 In which section would one expect to find an episode? (1)
7.2 What is the function of the bridge in the exposition of this form? (1)
7.3 Briefly describe what happens in the development section. (2)
7.4 How is the recapitulation different from the exposition? (1)
QUESTION 8 :
Write a paragraph on the final (fifth) movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in which you link the title of this movement to the programmatic content. 
QUESTION 9 :
Define the Classical symphony and expain how Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony differs from the Classical symphonic model. 
QUESTION 10 :
Mendelssohn demonstrates both Classical and Romantic features in his Hebrides Overture. Write an essay in which you discuss this statement. You will be credited for the logical presentation of facts and the structure of your essay.
QUESTION 11 :
11.1 Describe prominent music characteristics of kwela. (3)
11.2 Name the instruments used in a typical mbaqanga band. (3)
11.3 Write down the title of a song associated with EACH of the following artists/groups:
11.3.1 ** Dolly Rathebe
11.3.2** Miriam Makeba
11.3.4** Philip Tabane (4) 
QUESTION 12 :
Indicate whether the following statements concerning Cape jazz are TRUE or FALSE.
Write down only ‘true’ or ‘false’ next to the question number (12.1–12.5) in the ANSWER BOOK.
12.1 It is inspired by blues and folk songs sung by descendants of the former slave communities living in the Western Cape.
12.2 It is influenced by the street carnival parade and instrumentation of the Mardi Gras.
12.3 It is a mixture of Xhosa and Zulu songs, as well as Latin-American styles.
12.4 It was originally mainly a piano jazz style.
12.5 Robbie Jansen is a famous saxophone player who is linked to the development of Cape jazz.
INDIGENOUS AFRICAN MUSIC (IAM)
QUESTION 16 :
16.1 Indicate whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE. Write only ‘true’ or ‘false’ next to the question number (16.1.1–16.1.4) in the ANSWER BOOK. If the statement is FALSE, write down the correct information.
16.1.1 Isicathamiya was popularised internationally by Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s collaboration with Simon and Garfunkel.
16.1.2 Julian Bahula played drums for Sello Galane.
16.1.3 Mahotella Queens is a group that sings free kiba.
16.1.4 The Manhattan Brothers was a kwela group. (4)
16.2 Define malombo. (2)
16.3 Define the following terms associated with maskandi:
16.3.2 Ukupika (4) 
QUESTION 17 :
Write a paragraph in which you define and describe free kiba. Refer to the traditional drums used in this style of music. 
QUESTION 18 :
Briefly discuss ONE of the following ceremonies. Refer to the function, ceremonial features and the role of dance, music and instruments.