KS2 Music Quiz - Musical Elements (Questions)

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 the following is NOT an element of music?
[ ] Symphony
[ ] Pitch
[ ] Tempo
[ ] Timbre
2. 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
3. Which of these words describes the volume of a note or musical phrase?
[ ] Tempo
[ ] Dynamics
[ ] Timbre
[ ] Duration
4. 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
5. 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
6. Which of these is NOT a dynamic instruction?
[ ] Pianissimo
[ ] Concerto
[ ] Forte
[ ] Piano
7. 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
8. 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
9. What is duration?
[ ] How high a note is
[ ] How many instruments are playing together
[ ] How long a note lasts
[ ] Harmony
10. To which of these would you tap your toe?
[ ] Pitch
[ ] Volume
[ ] Beat
[ ] Tempo

 

KS2 Music Quiz - Musical Elements (Answers)
1. Which of the following is NOT an element of music?
[x] Symphony
[ ] Pitch
[ ] Tempo
[ ] Timbre
A symphony is a piece of music played by an orchestra
2. Pitch describes ____.
[ ] how long a note lasts
[ ] the loudness or quietness of a note
[x] 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
3. Which of these words describes the volume of a note or musical phrase?
[ ] Tempo
[x] 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
4. Adagio, allegro and lento are words which tell a musician ____.
[ ] how loudly to play
[ ] how smoothly to play
[ ] what notes to play
[x] what speed to play
Sometimes a piece of music needs to be played fast, especially if it's lively
5. In music, 'texture' refers to ____.
[x] 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'
6. Which of these is NOT a dynamic instruction?
[ ] Pianissimo
[x] Concerto
[ ] Forte
[ ] Piano
Dynamic instructions are given in Italian. Pianissimo means 'very soft', piano is 'soft' and forte means 'loud' or 'strong'
7. Timbre describes ____.
[ ] the sound different instruments make when they are played together
[ ] the pitch of an instrument
[ ] the volume of a specific instrument
[x] 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
8. Which phrase best describes rhythm?
[x] 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
9. What is duration?
[ ] How high a note is
[ ] How many instruments are playing together
[x] How long a note lasts
[ ] Harmony
Some notes last longer than others
10. To which of these would you tap your toe?
[ ] Pitch
[ ] Volume
[x] Beat
[ ] Tempo
Another word for beat is pulse - tempo describes how fast or slow this pulse is