Music Appreciation Questions And Answers

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  • 1. 

    Which instruments are identified as chordophones?

    • A.

      Piano, Harp, Lute

    • B.

      Snare Drum, Tom Tom, Triangle

    • C.

      Saxophone, Flute , Bassoon

    • D.

      None Of These

    Correct Answer
    A. Piano, Harp, Lute
    Explanation
    The instruments identified as chordophones are piano, harp, and lute. Chordophones are a category of musical instruments that produce sound by vibrating strings. These strings are typically stretched between two points and are either plucked, strummed, or bowed to produce sound. The piano, harp, and lute all have strings that are played by either plucking or using a keyboard mechanism in the case of the piano. Therefore, these instruments fall under the category of chordophones.

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  • 2. 

    What instruments belong to the keyboard instrument family?

    • A.

      Xylophone, Marimba, Glockenspiel

    • B.

      Piano, Harpsichord , Pipe Organ

    • C.

      Keytar, Synthesizer, Electronic Keyboard

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. Piano, Harpsichord , Pipe Organ
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Piano, Harpsichord, Pipe Organ. These instruments belong to the keyboard instrument family because they all have a keyboard as the primary means of producing sound. The piano uses hammers to strike strings, the harpsichord plucks strings, and the pipe organ produces sound by air passing through pipes. Xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel belong to the percussion family, and keytar, synthesizer, electronic keyboard are electronic instruments.

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  • 3. 

    What term refers two or more tones sounding at the same time?

    • A.

      Harmony

    • B.

      Chord

    • C.

      Triad

    • D.

      None Of These

    Correct Answer
    A. Harmony
    Explanation
    Harmony refers to two or more tones sounding at the same time. It is the combination of different pitches, creating a pleasing and balanced sound. The term harmony is often used in music theory to describe the vertical aspect of music, focusing on the relationship between different notes played simultaneously. Chord and triad are specific types of harmonies, representing three or more notes played together. "None Of These" is not the correct answer in this case, as harmony accurately describes the given concept.

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  • 4. 

    What term refers to a recognizable familiar tune or organized sequence of single notes?

    • A.

      Pattern of Notes

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Melody

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Melody
    Explanation
    A melody refers to a recognizable familiar tune or organized sequence of single notes. It is the main musical line or the most prominent part of a piece of music. It is the part that we usually sing or hum along to and is often the part that we remember the most. A melody is typically made up of a series of notes played one after another, creating a cohesive and memorable musical idea. Therefore, melody is the correct answer in this context.

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  • 5. 

    What two terms mean gradually getting louder and gradually getting softer?

    • A.

      Forte and Piano

    • B.

      Fortissimo and Pianissimo

    • C.

      Mezzo Forte and Mezzo Piano

    • D.

      Crescendo, Decrescendo

    Correct Answer
    D. Crescendo, Decrescendo
    Explanation
    Crescendo and decrescendo are two musical terms that indicate gradually getting louder and gradually getting softer, respectively. Crescendo means to gradually increase the volume or intensity of the music, while decrescendo means to gradually decrease the volume or intensity. These terms are commonly used in music notation to instruct performers on how to shape the dynamics of a piece. They help create a sense of tension, release, and emotional expression in the music.

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  • 6. 

     In regards to tempo, What term refers to very fast?

    • A.

      Vivace

    • B.

      Accelerando

    • C.

      Presto

    • D.

      Allegro

    Correct Answer
    C. Presto
    Explanation
    Presto is the correct answer because it is a musical term that indicates a very fast tempo. It is often used to describe a piece of music that should be performed at a rapid and lively pace.

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  • 7. 

     What dynamic symbols refer to mezzo-piano and mezzo-forte

    • A.

      Pp and ff

    • B.

      Mp and mf

    • C.

      P and f

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. Mp and mf
    Explanation
    The dynamic symbols "mp" and "mf" refer to mezzo-piano and mezzo-forte respectively. Mezzo-piano indicates a moderately soft volume, while mezzo-forte indicates a moderately loud volume. These symbols are commonly used in musical notation to indicate the desired dynamic level for a particular section or passage of music.

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  • 8. 

    What term refers to a group of three or more notes played or sung together

    • A.

      Chord

    • B.

      Cluster of Notes

    • C.

      Many Notes

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    A. Chord
    Explanation
    A chord is a term that refers to a group of three or more notes played or sung together. It is a fundamental concept in music theory and is used to create harmony and convey different emotions in music. Chords are the building blocks of music and are commonly used in various genres and styles of music.

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  • 9. 

    What term refers to the interrelationships of musical events within the overall structure of music composition?

    • A.

      Shape

    • B.

      Construction

    • C.

      Form

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Form
    Explanation
    Form refers to the interrelationships of musical events within the overall structure of music composition. It encompasses the organization and arrangement of musical elements such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics. Form provides a framework for the development and progression of musical ideas, creating coherence and unity in a composition. By understanding the form of a piece, listeners can follow the musical structure and anticipate recurring themes or sections.

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  • 10. 

    What term refers to the combination of long, short, even, and uneven sounds or beat patterns in music?

    • A.

      Rhythmic Patterns

    • B.

      Rhythm

    • C.

      Diversity of Beat Patterns

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhythm
    Explanation
    Rhythm refers to the combination of long, short, even, and uneven sounds or beat patterns in music. It is the underlying structure that organizes the music and gives it a sense of flow and movement. Rhythm is an essential element in music as it sets the pace, creates patterns, and contributes to the overall feel and groove of a piece. It is responsible for creating a sense of energy, tension, and release in music.

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  • 11. 

    What kind of pitch will be heard if the frequency becomes faster?

    • A.

      Lower Pitch

    • B.

      Moderate Pitch

    • C.

      Higher Pitch

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Higher Pitch
    Explanation
    When the frequency of a sound wave increases, the pitch of the sound also increases. This means that if the frequency becomes faster, the pitch will be higher. This is because pitch is determined by the frequency of the sound wave, with higher frequencies producing higher pitches and lower frequencies producing lower pitches. Therefore, the correct answer is higher pitch.

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  • 12. 

    What term refers to a combination of two octaves?

    • A.

      Range

    • B.

      String of Many Notes

    • C.

      Pitch Range

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Pitch Range
    Explanation
    Pitch range refers to the term that refers to a combination of two octaves. It is the distance between the lowest and highest pitches that a musical instrument or a singer can produce. It represents the span of notes that can be played or sung, and it is an important factor in determining the vocal or instrumental capabilities of a musician.

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  • 13. 

    What term refers to an interval of perfect eight in a diatonic scale?

    • A.

      Scale

    • B.

      Octave

    • C.

      Do-Re-Mi

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. Octave
    Explanation
    The term that refers to an interval of perfect eight in a diatonic scale is octave. In music theory, an octave is the distance between two notes that have the same letter name but are in different registers. It is called a perfect octave because the higher note has a frequency that is exactly double the frequency of the lower note. This interval is often used to create harmony and is considered a fundamental building block in Western music.

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  • 14. 

    What meter do the numbers 5/4 , 7/8, and 7/4 represent?

    • A.

      Compound Meter 

    • B.

      Mixed Meter

    • C.

      Irregular Meter

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Irregular Meter
    Explanation
    The numbers 5/4, 7/8, and 7/4 do not fit into a consistent or regular pattern of beats, indicating that they represent an irregular meter. In music, meter refers to the organization of beats into regular patterns, such as the commonly known 4/4 or 3/4 time signatures. However, the numbers given in the question do not align with any typical meter patterns, hence they are classified as irregular meter.

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  • 15. 

    What meter subdivide beats into threes?

    • A.

      Triple Meter

    • B.

      Combination of Mixed Meters

    • C.

      Compound Meter

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Compound Meter
    Explanation
    Compound meter is the correct answer because it subdivides beats into groups of three. In compound meter, each beat is divided into three equal parts, creating a rhythmic pattern that is based on multiples of three. This is different from triple meter, which directly divides beats into three equal parts without further subdivision. Combination of mixed meters does not accurately describe the subdivision of beats into threes, and none of these is not the correct answer as compound meter does subdivide beats into threes.

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  • 16. 

    What meter represents three beats in a measure?

    • A.

      Triple Meter

    • B.

      Standard Meter

    • C.

      Compound Meter

    • D.

      Quadruple Meter

    Correct Answer
    A. Triple Meter
    Explanation
    Triple meter represents three beats in a measure. In music, meter refers to the organization of beats, and triple meter specifically indicates that there are three beats in each measure. This is commonly found in waltzes and other types of music with a 3/4 time signature. The other options, standard meter, compound meter, and quadruple meter, do not specifically represent three beats in a measure.

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  • 17. 

    What meter represents two beats in a measure?

    • A.

      Duple Meter

    • B.

      Cut Time

    • C.

      Common Time

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    A. Duple Meter
    Explanation
    Duple meter represents two beats in a measure. It is a musical meter that organizes music into groups of two beats per measure. This means that there are two strong beats per measure, creating a rhythmic pattern that is commonly found in many musical genres. Duple meter is different from other meters such as triple meter or quadruple meter, which represent three or four beats per measure respectively. Therefore, the correct answer is Duple Meter.

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  • 18. 

    What meter do four beats in a measure represent?

    • A.

      Standard Meter

    • B.

      Both Standard and Duple Meter

    • C.

      Quadruple Meter

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Quadruple Meter
    Explanation
    Four beats in a measure represent quadruple meter. In music, meter refers to the organization of beats into regular patterns. Quadruple meter consists of four beats per measure, with each beat typically divided into two sub-beats. This meter is commonly found in many genres of music, including pop, rock, and classical. It provides a steady and predictable rhythmic structure that helps to establish a sense of stability and groove in the music.

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  • 19. 

    Which instruments use electrical signals that use a loudspeaker to amplify the sound more for the listeners and the performers?

    • A.

      Vibraphone, Celesta, Talkbox

    • B.

      Chimes, Toy Piano, Pipe Organ

    • C.

      Electronic Keyboard, Keytar and Theremin

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Electronic Keyboard, Keytar and Theremin
    Explanation
    Electronic Keyboard, Keytar, and Theremin are instruments that use electrical signals and a loudspeaker to amplify the sound for both the listeners and the performers. The electronic keyboard and keytar are electronic versions of traditional pianos and guitars, respectively. They produce sound by generating electrical signals that are then amplified through a loudspeaker. The theremin, on the other hand, is a unique instrument that is played without physical contact. It uses two antennas to control the pitch and volume of the sound, and the electrical signals are also amplified through a loudspeaker.

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  • 20. 

    Which subcategory of instruments uses air to produce the initial sound?

    • A.

      Membranophones

    • B.

      Areophones

    • C.

      Chordophones

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Areophones
    Explanation
    Areophones are a subcategory of instruments that use air to produce the initial sound. This category includes instruments such as flutes, trumpets, and whistles, where the sound is created by blowing air into or across the instrument. Membranophones, on the other hand, produce sound through the vibration of a stretched membrane, while chordophones produce sound through the vibration of strings. Therefore, Areophones is the correct answer as it specifically refers to instruments that rely on air to create sound.

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  • 21. 

    Which instrument belongs in the sub-category membranophone instrument family?

    • A.

      Triangle

    • B.

      Marimba

    • C.

      Talking Drum

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Talking Drum
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Talking Drum. The talking drum is a membranophone instrument because it produces sound by striking a stretched membrane, which is the drumhead. The player uses their hands or sticks to strike the drumhead, creating different pitches and tones. The triangle and marimba, on the other hand, belong to different instrument families. The triangle is a percussion instrument in the idiophone family, and the marimba is a percussion instrument in the xylophone family. Therefore, the talking drum is the only instrument in the given options that belongs to the membranophone instrument family.

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  • 22. 

    Instruments that are struck, scraped, shaken belong to what sub-category instrument family?

    • A.

      Indefinite Pitched Instrument Family

    • B.

      Idiophones Instrument Family

    • C.

      Percussion Instrument Family

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. Idiophones Instrument Family
    Explanation
    The instruments that are struck, scraped, or shaken are typically classified as idiophones. Idiophones produce sound by vibrating themselves, without the need for strings or membranes. Examples of idiophones include bells, cymbals, xylophones, and maracas. Therefore, the correct answer is Idiophones Instrument Family.

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  • 23. 

    What is the phrase used in the treble clef for identifying line notes on the musical staff?

    • A.

      All Cow East Grass

    • B.

      Good Boys Do Fine Always

    • C.

      Every Good Boy Does Fine

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Every Good Boy Does Fine
    Explanation
    The phrase "Every Good Boy Does Fine" is used in the treble clef to identify the line notes on the musical staff. This phrase helps musicians remember the order of the notes E, G, B, D, and F, which are the notes on the lines of the treble clef staff from bottom to top.

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  • 24. 

    What is the phrase used to identify space notes in the bass clef?

    • A.

      All Cows Eat Grass

    • B.

      Face

    • C.

      Great Big Dogs Fight Animals

    • D.

      None Of These

    Correct Answer
    A. All Cows Eat Grass
    Explanation
    The phrase "All Cows Eat Grass" is used to identify space notes in the bass clef. In music notation, the lines and spaces on the staff represent different pitches. The phrase is a mnemonic device that helps musicians remember the names of the space notes in the bass clef, which are A, C, E, and G. Each word in the phrase corresponds to the first letter of the note names in order. This mnemonic is commonly used to aid in learning and memorizing the notes on the bass clef staff.

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  • 25. 

    What word is identified in the treble clef space notes on the musical staff?

    • A.

      Facet

    • B.

      Fade

    • C.

      Face

    • D.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    C. Face
    Explanation
    The treble clef is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of notes on the staff. In this question, the word "Face" is identified in the treble clef space notes on the musical staff. The treble clef is typically used for higher-pitched instruments and voices, and the spaces on the staff represent specific notes. In this case, the word "Face" refers to the notes that are written in the spaces of the treble clef staff.

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