Music Benchmark

46 Questions | Total Attempts: 35

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Music Quizzes & Trivia

This test measures student knowledge of Kentucky Core Content at grades 3-5.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    One of the simple, basic parts of something.
    • A. 

      Melody

    • B. 

      Harmony

    • C. 

      Element

    • D. 

      Rhythm

  • 2. 
    An element of music – how a piece of music is put together. (i.e. call and response, AB ABA round)
    • A. 

      Dynamics

    • B. 

      Form

    • C. 

      Timbre

    • D. 

      Tempo

  • 3. 
    Two or more pitches played together.
    • A. 

      Harmony

    • B. 

      Melody

    • C. 

      Tempo

    • D. 

      Dynamics

  • 4. 
    The shape, direction, and pitch of a song; also a tune or song.
    • A. 

      Rhythm

    • B. 

      Harmony

    • C. 

      Timbre

    • D. 

      Melody

  • 5. 
    The pattern of long and short notes in a piece of music.
    • A. 

      Tempo

    • B. 

      Harmony

    • C. 

      Rhythm

    • D. 

      Melody

  • 6. 
    The speed of a piece of music.
    • A. 

      Tempo

    • B. 

      Dynamics

    • C. 

      Rhythm

    • D. 

      Harmony

  • 7. 
    The loudness or softness of a piece of music, for example: Piano (p), mezzo piano (mp), mezzo forte (mf), forte (f).
    • A. 

      Tempo

    • B. 

      Form

    • C. 

      Melody

    • D. 

      Dynamics

  • 8. 
    The way an instrument or voice sounds.
    • A. 

      Element

    • B. 

      Melody

    • C. 

      Rhythm

    • D. 

      Timbre

  • 9. 
    A family of instruments played by blowing air into or across a reed, a hole, or a whistle cut mouthpiece.
    • A. 

      Woodwind family.

    • B. 

      Brass family.

    • C. 

      Percussion family.

    • D. 

      String family.

  • 10. 
    A family of instruments that is played by bowing or plucking strings.
    • A. 

      Brass Family

    • B. 

      String Family

    • C. 

      Woodwind Family

    • D. 

      Percussion Family

  • 11. 
    The four main vocal ranges:  
    • A. 

      Soprano, solo, trio, bass

    • B. 

      Soprano, alto, tenor, bass

    • C. 

      Brass, string, woodwind, percussion

    • D. 

      Male, female, soprano, alto

  • 12. 
    Musical symbols such as the treble clef and notes.
    • A. 

      Symbols

    • B. 

      Staff

    • C. 

      Notation

    • D. 

      Bass

  • 13. 
    The set of lines and spaces that music is written on:
    • A. 

      Clef

    • B. 

      Staff

    • C. 

      Pitch

    • D. 

      Measure

  • 14. 
    A sign at the beginning of a piece of music that shows how many beats are in each measure; 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
    • A. 

      Double bar line

    • B. 

      Key signature

    • C. 

      Sharp

    • D. 

      Time signature

  • 15. 
    The symbol which signals the end of a piece of music.
    • A. 

      Double bar line

    • B. 

      Fermata

    • C. 

      Bar line

    • D. 

      Repeat sign

  • 16. 
    A line that separates a musical staff into measures.
    • A. 

      Repeat sign

    • B. 

      Measure

    • C. 

      Bar line

    • D. 

      Clef

  • 17. 
    How long a note sounds.
    • A. 

      Signature

    • B. 

      Pitch

    • C. 

      Duration

    • D. 

      Meter

  • 18. 
    Signs at the beginning of a piece of music that show key and meter
    • A. 

      Harmony

    • B. 

      Clef

    • C. 

      Signature

    • D. 

      Notes

  • 19. 
    The number of beats in each measure, marked by the time signature.
    • A. 

      Meter

    • B. 

      Rhythm

    • C. 

      Beat

    • D. 

      Key

  • 20. 
    How many beats does a quarter note get?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 21. 
    How many beats does a whole note get?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 22. 
    The directions a melody can move:
    • A. 

      Up, down, sideways

    • B. 

      Down, across, step

    • C. 

      Up, over, down

    • D. 

      Up, down, stay the same (repeat)

  • 23. 
    The three ways melodies can move by:
    • A. 

      Step, up, down

    • B. 

      Run, skip, jump

    • C. 

      Step, skip, down

    • D. 

      Step, skip repeat

  • 24. 
    The main pitch of a song.
    • A. 

      A whole note

    • B. 

      A home tone

    • C. 

      The key signature

    • D. 

      Meter

  • 25. 
    The set of eight notes that melodies are based on.
    • A. 

      Form

    • B. 

      Tempo

    • C. 

      Dynamics

    • D. 

      Scale

  • 26. 
    The lines of the treble clef staff from bottom to top:
    • A. 

      EGBDF

    • B. 

      EBDGF

    • C. 

      GBDFA

    • D. 

      ACEGB

  • 27. 
    The spaces on the treble clef staff from bottom to top:
    • A. 

      ACEF

    • B. 

      FACE

    • C. 

      EFAC

    • D. 

      CEFA

  • 28. 
    A higher pitch vibrates _______________ than a lower pitch
    • A. 

      Slower

    • B. 

      About the same

    • C. 

      Faster

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 29. 
    The correct definition of pitch is:
    • A. 

      How loud or soft a note is

    • B. 

      How high or low a note is

    • C. 

      How long a note lasts.

    • D. 

      What kind of instrument plays a note.

  • 30. 
    When a group of people play or sing the same thing at the same time:
    • A. 

      Ostinato

    • B. 

      Unison

    • C. 

      Round

    • D. 

      Harmony

  • 31. 
    An interval is:
    • A. 

      The distance between two pitches.

    • B. 

      The main pitch of a song.

    • C. 

      One of the simple, basic parts of something.

    • D. 

      A musical notation with duration of half a beat.

  • 32. 
    Instruments commonly used in West African music are:
    • A. 

      Keyboards, drums and cymbals

    • B. 

      Drums, rattles and thumb pianos

    • C. 

      Shakers, rattles and flutes

    • D. 

      Drums, rattles and flutes

  • 33. 
    The four most commonly used dynamic markings:
    • A. 

      Allegro, presto, andante, moderato

    • B. 

      Piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte

    • C. 

      Softest, soft, louder, loudest

    • D. 

      Measure, bar line, treble clef, meter

  • 34. 
    A song written in AB form has how many sections?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 35. 
    A good description of ABA form would be:
    • A. 

      All three sections sound the same.

    • B. 

      The first two sections are different, and then the first section is repeated.

    • C. 

      All three sections sound different.

    • D. 

      The first section is repeated, and then the last section is different.

  • 36. 
    When a soloist sings a line and then a group sings an answer afterwards:
    • A. 

      Ostinato

    • B. 

      Round

    • C. 

      Call and Response

    • D. 

      Canon

  • 37. 
    When the same song is sung by two or more groups, and each group begins the song at different times, it is called a:
    • A. 

      Canon

    • B. 

      Round

    • C. 

      Element

    • D. 

      Call and Response

  • 38. 
    Three purposes for creating music are:
    • A. 

      Work Songs, Game Songs, Lullabies

    • B. 

      Ceremonial, Artistic, Recreational

    • C. 

      Ceremonial, Folk, Patriotic

    • D. 

      Nursery Rhymes, Artistic, Recreational

  • 39. 
    Singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at a ball game is an example of music performed for which purpose?
    • A. 

      Ceremonial

    • B. 

      Artistic

    • C. 

      Recreational

    • D. 

      Game Songs

  • 40. 
    A concert performance of classical music is an example of music performed for which purpose?
    • A. 

      Ceremonial

    • B. 

      Colonial American Period

    • C. 

      Artistic

    • D. 

      Recreational

  • 41. 
    Colonial American music was strongly influenced by music from:
    • A. 

      Africa

    • B. 

      Asia

    • C. 

      Native Americans

    • D. 

      Europe

  • 42. 
    The definition of folk music is:
    • A. 

      A person who writes a piece of music, a poem, a play etc.

    • B. 

      A unit of notes and rests in a piece of music, marked by a bar line on either side.

    • C. 

      A group of musicians or actors who perform together.

    • D. 

      Music created by and for the common people and handed down from generation to generation.

  • 43. 
    Instruments commonly used in folk music are:
    • A. 

      Cello, harp, banjo, piano

    • B. 

      Dulcimer, banjo, guitar, harmonica, fiddle, and double bass

    • C. 

      Drum, guitar, piano, trumpet, flute

    • D. 

      Clarinet, saxophone, tuba, dulcimer

  • 44. 
    One thing game songs and work songs have in common is:
    • A. 

      Their rhythm helps the singer work or play to the beat.

    • B. 

      They are both ceremonial styles.

    • C. 

      They are both commonly used today.

    • D. 

      Both styles were used in church.

  • 45. 
    Three common types of Native American instruments are:
    • A. 

      Keyboards, drums and cymbals

    • B. 

      Drums, sticks and bowls

    • C. 

      Shakers, rattles and flutes

    • D. 

      Drums, rattles and flutes

  • 46. 
    Colonial American Music was the music of the:
    • A. 

      Native Americans

    • B. 

      Early American Settlers

    • C. 

      West African people

    • D. 

      Baroque period