KS3 Music Quiz
Time and Key Signatures 01
There are six quavers in a 6/8 time signature.

Time and Key Signatures 01

Time and key signatures are vital parts of musical notation so, unsurprisingly, KS3 music students must familiarise themselves with both. This quiz on basic time and key signatures will help!

You will find quavers and beats in relation to time and key signatures in music. The time signature tells us how many beats are in each bar and which type of note makes up each beat. The key signature tells us which key the music should be played in. It's made up of sharps and flats on the staff and is written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of music.

'Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases,' so said Samuel Butler. Let's see if you know the rules in this quiz on basic time and key signatures.

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  1. How many sharps or flats are in the key of G major?
    One way to remember is this: 'Fat Cats Good Dogs All Eat Biscuits' - One sharp = F in the key of G, 2 sharps = F and C in the key of D, 3 sharps = F, C and G in the key of A etc...
  2. How many beats are in a 3/4 time signature?
    This time signature is in all 'waltz' and 'minuet' dances
  3. What is a time signature?
    It also tells us which kind of notes are equal to each beat
  4. What major key signature has three sharps?
    Remember the mnemonic: 'Fat Cats Good Dogs All Eat Biscuits' - One sharp = F in the key of G, 2 sharps = F, C in the key of D, 3 sharps = F, C, G in the key of A, 4 sharps = F, C, G, D in the key of E etc...
  5. What does a key signature illustrate?
    If there are no sharps or flats then the piece is in the key of C or A minor
  6. What is 'common time'?
    A large 'C' is used to indicate common time on scores
  7. How many sharps or flats are in the key of C major?
    Sharps and flats are never used in the same signature
  8. How many quavers are in a 6/8 time signature?
    The 8 represents a quaver, the 6 defines the quantity
  9. How many flats are in the key of B flat major?
    G minor uses the same notes
  10. How many beats are in a 12/8 time signature?
    The 8 represents a quaver, the 12 defines the quantity

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