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Music Theory Basics

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This quiz tests you on your knowledge of basic principles and concepts in music theory.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      D

    • B. 

      E flat

    • C. 

      E

    • D. 

      F

    • E. 

      G

  • 2. 
    What does the lower number in the time signature indicate?
    • A. 

      Number of beats per measure

    • B. 

      Number of measures per barline/staff

    • C. 

      Length of note that is one beat

    • D. 

      Pitch of note that is one beat

    • E. 

      Number of beats in two measures

  • 3. 
    What is the relative minor scale to G major?
    • A. 

      B minor

    • B. 

      C minor

    • C. 

      C sharp minor

    • D. 

      D minor

    • E. 

      E minor

  • 4. 
    Which of the following markings would affect the length of a note?
    • A. 

      Sharp

    • B. 

      Double-sharp

    • C. 

      Flat

    • D. 

      Dot

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    Which of the following modes is roughly equivalent to the major scales?
    • A. 

      Dorian

    • B. 

      Aeolian

    • C. 

      Ionian

    • D. 

      Lydian

    • E. 

      Locrian

  • 6. 
    How would the chord (with notes from lowest to highest) : C E G B be classified?
    • A. 

      Major 7th

    • B. 

      Minor 6th

    • C. 

      Perfect 5th

    • D. 

      Augmented 7th

    • E. 

      Major 9th

  • 7. 
    Which of the following musical terms is commonly used in orchestral music to create an increased mellowness or toned-down feeling after a buildup of emotion?
    • A. 

      Stacatto

    • B. 

      Meno mosso

    • C. 

      Vivice

    • D. 

      Accelerando

    • E. 

      Stringendo

  • 8. 
    Which of the following markings affects the pitch of a particular note?
    • A. 

      Tenuto

    • B. 

      Fermata

    • C. 

      Pizzicato

    • D. 

      Spicatto

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is the correct term for a note that is an 8th above another note?
    • A. 

      Relative major

    • B. 

      Perfect

    • C. 

      Octave

    • D. 

      Dominant

    • E. 

      Minor

  • 10. 
    How many sharps are in the scale F sharp major?
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      5

    • E. 

      6