# Music Theory Quiz: How Well You Know?

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• 1.

### How many beats does a whole note take?

• A.

1

• B.

2

• C.

3

• D.

4

D. 4
Explanation
A whole note takes four beats. In music notation, a whole note is represented by an open circle and it is the longest note value. Each beat is a unit of time in music, and a whole note occupies the duration of four beats. This means that when counting the beats in a measure, a whole note is held for the entire duration of the measure.

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• 2.

### How many sharps are there in the key of C major?

• A.

0

• B.

1

• C.

2

• D.

3

A. 0
Explanation
In the key of C major, there are no sharps. The key of C major is known as the only major key that does not have any sharps or flats. It consists of all the natural notes, without any alterations. Therefore, the correct answer is 0.

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• 3.

### Which major has 3 sharps in it?

• A.

D major

• B.

A major

• C.

G major

• D.

E major

B. A major
Explanation
A major has 3 sharps in it. The key signature of A major includes the notes A, B, C#, D, E, F#, and G#. The presence of the sharps on C, F, and G indicates that A major has 3 sharps in it.

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• 4.

### Which of the 4 vocal timbres has the lowest pitch?

• A.

Bass

• B.

Soprano

• C.

Tenor

• D.

Alto

A. Bass
Explanation
The bass vocal timbre has the lowest pitch among the four options. Bass singers typically have a deep and resonant voice, with a vocal range that lies in the lower register. They can produce notes with a low frequency, creating a rich and powerful sound. In contrast, soprano, tenor, and alto vocal timbres have higher pitches and are characterized by their ability to sing in higher registers.

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• 5.

### How many lines are there on a staff?

• A.

2

• B.

3

• C.

4

• D.

5

D. 5
Explanation
A staff typically consists of five horizontal lines. These lines provide a visual representation of the different pitches in music notation. Each line and the spaces in between them represent a specific note. By using these lines and spaces, musicians can read and interpret musical notation accurately. Therefore, the correct answer is 5.

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• 6.

### What is the word for speed of music?

• A.

Timbre

• B.

Tone

• C.

Tempo

• D.

Texture

C. Tempo
Explanation
Tempo refers to the speed or pace at which a piece of music is played. It determines how fast or slow the music should be performed. Timbre, on the other hand, refers to the quality or color of sound produced by a musical instrument or voice. Tone refers to the pitch or frequency of sound. Texture refers to the overall sound quality and arrangement of different musical elements. Therefore, the word that specifically relates to the speed of music is tempo.

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• 7.

### Which key signature has 3 flats?

• A.

D minor

• B.

A minor

• C.

B minor

• D.

E minor

D. E minor
Explanation
E minor is the correct answer because it has three flats in its key signature. The key signature of E minor consists of the notes F#, G#, and D#, which are all flattened. This means that whenever E minor is played, these three notes will be played as flats.

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• 8.

### What is the order of sharps?

• A.

F,A,D,E,B,C,G

• B.

F,C,G,A,D,E,B

• C.

F,C,G,D,A,E,B

• D.

F,A,B,E,C,D,G

C. F,C,G,D,A,E,B
Explanation
The order of sharps is a musical concept that refers to the order in which sharps are added to the key signature of a piece of music. The correct answer, F,C,G,D,A,E,B, represents the order of sharps starting from F and moving up in fifths. This means that in a key signature with sharps, F# is the first sharp, followed by C#, G#, and so on. The order of sharps is important for musicians to understand and remember when reading and playing music in different keys.

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• 9.

### Which instumental timbre is a flute in?

• A.

Brass

• B.

Percussion

• C.

Strings

• D.

Woodwinds

D. Woodwinds
Explanation
A flute is classified as a woodwind instrument. Woodwind instruments are characterized by their use of air blown through a mouthpiece or across a reed to produce sound. Flutes fall into this category as they are played by blowing air across a mouthpiece, which creates vibrations that produce sound. Woodwind instruments also include other instruments such as clarinets, saxophones, and oboes.

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• 10.

### How many beats does a half note take?

• A.

1

• B.

2

• C.

3

• D.

4

B. 2
Explanation
A half note takes two beats. In music, notes represent the duration of a sound, and a half note is typically held for two beats. This means that it lasts twice as long as a quarter note and half as long as a whole note. The answer of 2 is correct because it accurately reflects the time value of a half note in a musical piece.

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