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Musical Elements
Timbre describes the sound quality of a specific instrument.

Musical Elements

This KS2 Music quiz will challenge you on musical elements. Musical elements are words that describe music. It can be very difficult to describe something which you cannot see, but are only able to hear. Luckily, knowing the elements of music gives us a language to describe the music we hear.

If a musician was given a piece of music with just the notes and no instruction on how to play the piece, such as how fast, how loud and so on, the music would sound very strange! Just like maths has its own language, so too does music. If you are wanting to play, or already do play, a musical instrument, it's worth spending some time getting to know what these new musical words mean.

Take this quiz to discover how well you know the musical elements.

1.
Which of these is NOT a dynamic instruction?
Pianissimo
Concerto
Forte
Piano
Dynamic instructions are given in Italian. Pianissimo means 'very soft', piano is 'soft' and forte means 'loud' or 'strong'
2.
To which of these would you tap your toe?
Pitch
Volume
Beat
Tempo
Another word for beat is pulse - tempo describes how fast or slow this pulse is
3.
Adagio, allegro and lento are words which tell a musician ____.
how loudly to play
how smoothly to play
what notes to play
what speed to play
Sometimes a piece of music needs to be played fast, especially if it's lively
4.
Pitch describes ____.
how long a note lasts
the loudness or quietness of a note
whether a note has a high or low sound
whether music is fast or slow
Some people have perfect pitch which means that they always know what note is being played
5.
Which phrase best describes rhythm?
The pattern made by long notes, short notes and silence
A steady beat
An entire piece of music
A musical performance that makes you want to dance
Although it has a beat, rhythm is not the beat, but a pattern of notes and silences
6.
Timbre describes ____.
the sound different instruments make when they are played together
the pitch of an instrument
the volume of a specific instrument
the sound quality of a specific instrument
Different instruments make different types of sounds - you can always tell the difference between the sound of a violin and the sound of a trombone, or the sound of a guitar and that of a flute
7.
In music, 'texture' refers to ____.
the combination of different sounds happening at the same time
whether the musicians are playing in time
whether the musicians are playing in tune
how long a piece of music lasts
Imagine the sound of a single violin note. Then combine it with the beat of a drum and the pluck of a harp. The sound becomes 'textured'
8.
Which of these words describes the volume of a note or musical phrase?
Tempo
Dynamics
Timbre
Duration
Remember - 'volume' in music means how loud or quiet a note is. Just think of the volume control on an MP3 or stereo
9.
Which of the following is NOT an element of music?
Symphony
Pitch
Tempo
Timbre
A symphony is a piece of music played by an orchestra
10.
What is duration?
How high a note is
How many instruments are playing together
How long a note lasts
Harmony
Some notes last longer than others

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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