Music Quiz: Dynamics And Articulation!

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  • 1. 

    What does this symbol mean in music?

    • A.

      Play it fast.

    • B.

      Play it loud.

    • C.

      Play it well.

    • D.

      Play it sweetly.

    Correct Answer
    B. Play it loud.
    Explanation
    The symbol in music that is being referred to here is likely the "forte" symbol, which indicates that the music should be played loudly. This symbol is used to instruct musicians to increase the volume of their playing. Therefore, the correct answer is "Play it loud."

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  • 2. 

    What do you do when you see this?

    • A.

      Play the notes loudly.

    • B.

      Accent each note.

    • C.

      Play the notes repeatedly.

    • D.

      Make the notes short.

    Correct Answer
    D. Make the notes short.
    Explanation
    Making the notes short refers to playing each note with a shorter duration, resulting in a staccato effect. This can be achieved by releasing the keys quickly after striking them, creating a distinct and crisp sound. Playing the notes loudly, accenting each note, or playing them repeatedly would not necessarily achieve the desired effect of making the notes short.

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  • 3. 

    This symbol is called a ___________ clef.  

    Correct Answer
    treble
    Explanation
    The symbol being referred to in the question is commonly known as a treble clef. The treble clef is used in music notation to indicate that the notes written on the staff are in the higher range, typically for instruments like the violin or flute. It is recognizable by its spiral shape and is often found at the beginning of a musical piece.

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  • 4. 

    What Italian word means 'very soft" in music?

    • A.

      Pianissimo

    • B.

      Mezzo forte

    • C.

      Piano

    • D.

      Forte

    Correct Answer
    A. Pianissimo
    Explanation
    Pianissimo is an Italian word that means "very soft" in music. It is a musical term used to indicate that a passage or section should be played very quietly and delicately. In musical notation, it is often abbreviated as "pp" and is used to create a contrast in dynamics within a piece of music.

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  • 5. 

    What Italian word means 'play it smoothly?"

    • A.

      Piano

    • B.

      Legato

    • C.

      Staccato

    • D.

      Linguine

    Correct Answer
    B. Legato
    Explanation
    The Italian word "legato" means to play it smoothly. In music, legato refers to a technique where the notes are played smoothly and connected, without any gaps or breaks between them. This is achieved by smoothly transitioning from one note to the next, creating a seamless and flowing sound. The other options, piano, staccato, and linguine, do not have any relevance to playing music smoothly.

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  • 6. 

    The ___________________________________ tells you how many beats are in each measure.

    Correct Answer
    time signature
    Explanation
    The time signature is a musical notation that consists of two numbers stacked on top of each other. The top number represents the number of beats in each measure, while the bottom number represents the type of note that receives one beat. Therefore, the time signature tells you how many beats are in each measure.

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  • 7. 

    The letters "issimo" on the end of a musical term meaning

    • A.

      Not much

    • B.

      A bit

    • C.

      Very

    • D.

      Not now

    Correct Answer
    C. Very
    Explanation
    The letters "issimo" on the end of a musical term indicate that the musical element being described is of a very high degree or intensity. It is used to emphasize that the characteristic being described is extremely pronounced or intense. For example, if a musical term ends with "issimo," it means that the element being described is very loud, very fast, or very soft, depending on the specific term.

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  • 8. 

    Dynamic markings indicate:

    • A.

      Volume

    • B.

      Speed

    • C.

      Short or long

    • D.

      Connected and disconnected

    Correct Answer
    A. Volume
    Explanation
    Dynamic markings indicate the relative loudness or softness of a musical passage. They provide instructions to the performer on how to play the music in terms of its volume. By using dynamic markings such as pianissimo (very soft), piano (soft), mezzo piano (moderately soft), mezzo forte (moderately loud), forte (loud), and fortissimo (very loud), composers can convey the desired intensity and expression of the music.

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  • 9. 

    Directions in music are given in Italian because:

    • A.

      Italian people make the best musicians.

    • B.

      Italian people are very smart.

    • C.

      Most early schools for writing music were in Italy.

    • D.

      Everyone is 1600 spoke Italian.

    Correct Answer
    C. Most early schools for writing music were in Italy.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that most early schools for writing music were in Italy. This is because Italy has a rich history in music and was home to many influential composers and music theorists. During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Italian composers and musicians played a significant role in the development of music theory and notation. As a result, many musical terms and directions were initially written in Italian and have since become standardized in the musical world.

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