KS3 Music Quiz
Musical Cycles 01
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Musical Cycles 01

In KS3 music you will look at musical cycles, but what exactly are they? Well, as a music student, you should know that we are not talking about tuneful bikes when we mention musical cycles!

Cycle means 'going around' or 'repeating' so it comes as no surprise that musical cycles often feature repeating melodies, rhythms, harmonies and chord progressions.

Musical cycles are an important part of music and so we've written two quizzes on the subject for you to try. This first quiz explores the fundamentals of cyclical music and its use by musicians across the globe, particularly in Ghana and India. Take your time and read each question carefully before choosing your answers. And don't forget the helpful comments - these can help to explain anything you are unsure of. Good luck!

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  1. A linear progression is a chord progression that .......
    Linear progressions can be abbreviated as prg (eg 3-prg. = third progression). You might also see progressions abbreviated as Zg. from the German word Zug
  2. Repeated harmonies, melodies and rhythms are .......
    Memorise how cycles differ to linear progressions
  3. Musical cycles often feature repeated .......
    Either, any or all of these may be repeated
  4. A chord progression moving .......
    Think of linear as a line - it only goes one way. A cycle goes round in a circle
  5. Mnemonic devices are used in music .......
    The word mnemonic comes from the Greek goddess of memory, Mnemosyne
  6. A melorhythm is .......
    Think of melorhythm as melody and rhythm - the two factors which make a tune
  7. What is a 'Rag' or 'Raga'?
    Often made of five notes from which a melody is formed
  8. A Tihai is a rhythmic formula that is repeated .......
    A tihai, as well as ending a section of music, also creates a transition into the next section
  9. Two or more rhythms sounding simultaneously is called .......
    Remember 'poly' = many
  10. 'Tala' roughly corresponds to what in western music?
    Tala illustrates rhythmic patterns in Indian music

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