KS3 Music Quiz
Musical Cycles 02
A sitar is a stringed instrument from India.

Musical Cycles 02

In KS3 music you will look at musical cycles - in fact, you've probably already played one of our quizzes all about them. By now you should know - cycle means 'going around' or 'repeating' so musical cycles are all about repetition.

Rhythm and harmony are two examples of musical cycles but there are others - melodies for example. Can you think of any more? Perhaps you'll be able to after playing this quiz.

Musical cycles are an important part of music and so we've written two quizzes on the subject for you to try. In this second quiz there is particular focus on instrumentation, techniques and types of music used by African, Indian and Indonesian cultures. Read each question carefully and take your time. Think hard before you pick your answers, and don't forget the helpful comments after each question - these can help to explain anything you are unsure of. Good luck - and have fun!

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  1. What 'S' is a stringed instrument from India?
    Sitars became popular amongst Western musicians in the 1960s
  2. A Tabla is a set of .......
    Playing tabla involves using your the fingers and palms to create different sounds
  3. What is a Gamelan?
    Sometimes also featuring a bamboo flute and singer
  4. The melody of a Gamelan piece is called .......
    Balungan means 'skeleton' in Java. It forms the frame (or skeleton) of a gamelan composition
  5. What is a drone?
    Most often you'll hear a bee droning. As it hums it makes the same note continuously
  6. The Agbadza is a social dance which originated in .......
    Sometimes called Kpanlogo
  7. What time signature is used for the Agbadza?
    In time signatures the bottom number tells you which type of note (in this case, an eighth note or a quaver) to use and the top number tells you how many of these make up one bar
  8. Which is a set of two Indian drums?
    Remember, the sitar also originated from India
  9. What is a balungan?
    Remember, gamelan = ensemble, balungan = melody
  10. What is Kpanlogo usually referred to as?
    Kpanlogo began in the early 1960s

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