KS3 Music Quiz
Music for Dance 01
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Music for Dance 01

What is the purpose of music? Well, many believe that it was originally intended to dance to and that's true for most types of music today. If you want to understand music then you'll need to know about music made for dancing. This quiz focuses upon the technical vocabulary, processes and context featured in the KS3 Music for Dance (year 8) Unit.

There are many types of dancing - group dances, such as line dancing, paired dances, such as ballroom or Latin American dancing, and improvised dance which is made up on the spot, like disco, rave or club dancing, Each of these styles is different but all music for dance will include tempo and ostinato which aid the dance.

"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance," said Dave Barry. Similarly, it doesn't matter if you don't get all of these questions right first time - you can always come back and play the quiz as many times as you like. Just get up and play!

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  1. African drummers commonly .......
    One of the most famous African drums is the djembe. It's carved from a hollowed tree-trunk and covered in goat skin
  2. What is a common feature of Gota dance music?
    You'll find all of these in most Gota music
  3. The persistent repetition of motifs/phrases is .......
    Ostinato comes from the Italian word for 'stubborn' - probably because it persistently repeats
  4. What does the term 'largo' refer to?
    Try to memorise as many different tempo markings as possible when revising, they're extremely helpful to know!
  5. What is Gota music?
    Gota was originally a dance for medicine men but now it is performed for entertainment
  6. Cycles may be .......
    Or based on some other musical dimension
  7. In music, bars are characterised by .......
    The strong beat usually being the first of each bar
  8. A mnemonic is primarily a .......
    Characteristic of Gota drumming
  9. Eg ti pe tsa gah ki di gi and dza are .......
    It's true! These words all represent different sound and rhythm patterns
  10. An ostinato is when .......
    ....... by the same musical voice, e.g. the 5/4 rhythm section in Gustav Holst's 'Mars'

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