KS3 Music Quiz
Fundamental Elements of Music 01
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Fundamental Elements of Music 01

If you are studying music in KS3 then one of the topics you'll learn about is the fundamental elements that make up music. There are seven of these: Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre, Texture and Structure.

Pitch is the degree of highness or lowness of a tone.
Duration is the length of time a note lasts for.
Dynamics express how loud or quiet the music should be played.
Tempo refers to the speed at which a piece of music should be played.
Timbre is the characteristic quality of a sound (not counting pitch and loudness) which make it unique.
Texture is how the melody, rhythm and harmony are combined to create the overall quality of a piece of music.
Structure is the form and arrangement of a piece of music

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  1. What is the purpose of dynamics in a piece of music?
    They can illustrate both sudden and gradual changes
  2. Binary form is made up of how many sections?
    However, both sections are sometimes repeated
  3. What best describes the effect of a 'ritardando'?
    This is often generalised as 'rit.' on sheet music
  4. Which of these instruments has a 'bright' timbre?
    The others are low sounding and have 'darker' timbres
  5. Which element of music best describes how 'high' or 'low' notes sound?
    A piccolo is high pitched - a tuba is low pitched
  6. In terms of duration, which is longest of these notes?
    A semi-breve lasts as long as two minims, four crotchets or eight quavers
  7. What does 'andante' mean?
    Andante is derived from the Latin word, ambulare, which means 'to walk'
  8. What is a 'homophonic' texture?
    Note: homophonic and homophony are not the same!
  9. What does the marking 'mezzo forte' (mf) mean?
    Mezzo means 'half' in Italian and forte means 'strong'
  10. A minim is made up of how many quaver beats?
    Remember - minim = two crotchets, crotchet = two quavers

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