Musical Terms

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Musical Terms

Music lessons are a type of formal instruction in playing a musical for example pianos and guitars or singing. A music student is usually taken through different ways to better their musical abilities. Do you know all about musical terms, notes and types? Take the test below and see for yourself!


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  • 1. 
    The term decrescendo means
    • A. 

      Get softer

    • B. 

      Get louder

    • C. 

      Play quicker

    • D. 

      Play slower

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Crescendo

    • B. 

      Decrescendo

    • C. 

      Accent

    • D. 

      Slur

  • 3. 
    Rallentando means...
    • A. 

      Speeding up

    • B. 

      Slowing down

    • C. 

      Return to the top of the piece

    • D. 

      Fine

  • 4. 
    Ritardando is when the music rapidly gets faster.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Crescendo refers to the tempo of the music.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      Not True

  • 6. 
    Which best explains the term marcato?
    • A. 

      Weakly

    • B. 

      Softly

    • C. 

      Accent

    • D. 

      Accented and punched

  • 7. 
    A dash mark over the note tells the performer to play the note full value.  This marking is called...
    • A. 

      Staccato

    • B. 

      Legato

    • C. 

      Accented

    • D. 

      Slurred

  • 8. 
    Grave....
    • A. 

      Is the slowest tempo marking

    • B. 

      Is a type of Irish music.

  • 9. 
    You can tell a slur and a tie apart, because the slur is a marking on two DIFFERENT pitches.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    When the director says you are "dragging the beat", that means
    • A. 

      You are rushing the tempo

    • B. 

      You are playing too loudly

    • C. 

      You are playing the wrong notes

    • D. 

      You are going too slowly.