Music History 1
A conductor stands at the front of an orchestra and directs how the musicians should play.

Music History 1

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with studying the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Children are taught in KS1 about the lives of significant, historical individuals who have had an effect on the world. Studying the history of music allows young children a glimpse into the past and helps them learn about the lives and times of significant individuals, like composers and musicians, they may be unfamiliar with.

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  1. Why can't we really tell what very early music may have sounded like?
    We can tell from pictures and from descriptions that people sometimes played their instruments alone and sometimes in groups
  2. Many years ago, the earliest music was probably made with...
    Soon people also began to bang on hollow logs and knock sticks together to make louder sounds; these were the earliest percussion instruments
  3. The earliest stringed instrument was called a...
    Some lyres have been found which date back to 3000 BC!
  4. Which invention in the late 1800s, helped people listen to music at home?
    Thomas Edison (inventor of the modern light bulb) designed the first 'music playing gadget'
  5. In about 1000 AD, Christian monks did something which changed music completely. What was it?
    This new method of writing down notes was the ancestor of the system we use today
  6. Franz Schubert composed hundreds of pieces of classical music. But what was his nickname?
    He wasn't very tall, so this is what his friends called him!
  7. In 1982, music for the home was produced in a new way. What was it?
    The first recordings were of waltzes by Chopin!
  8. Early orchestras were quite small but have gradually grown to the point where there are at least 90 musicians and a...
    The conductor stands at the front of the musicians and directs how they play
  9. Mozart, Beethoven and Bach were all famous...
    Between them, they composed hundreds of pieces of classical music
  10. It is thought the first wind instruments may have come from...
    These were hollow reed pipes with holes in them to put your fingers on to vary the pitch

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