KS2 Music Quiz - Responding to Music (Questions)

This KS2 Music quiz challenges you on responding to music. Responding to music is how we react when listening to it.

The American composer, Leonard Bernstein, said, "All you have to know is that music has its own meanings, right there for you to find inside the music itself; and you don't need any stories or any pictures to tell you what it means. If you like music at all, you'll find out the meanings for yourselves, just by listening to it."

Learning about music includes paying attention to how you respond. Dancing, clapping hands, tapping feet or even crying are all responses when listening to music. Even dogs respond by howling - are they joining in or telling us to shut up?! Try this quiz to see what you know.

1. Music can ____.
[ ] create different moods
[ ] create different effects
[ ] tell a story
[ ] all of the above
2. A film's musical score ____.
[ ] is another term for the songs in a musical
[ ] can reinforce the story and create mood or suspense
[ ] does not have an effect on the film
[ ] is included as a distraction from the story
3. Who wrote 'Peter and the Wolf'?
[ ] Rachmaninov
[ ] Beethoven
[ ] Prokofiev
[ ] Mozart
4. Which of these light-hearted pieces was written by the French composer Saint-Saëns?
[ ] 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'
[ ] 'The Carnival of the Animals'
[ ] 'The 1812 Overture'
[ ] 'Ode to Joy'
5. In which of these environments are you NOT likely to hear music?
[ ] A library
[ ] A place of worship
[ ] A theatre
[ ] Outdoors
6. Where might you hear an aria?
[ ] At a ballet
[ ] At a disco
[ ] At an opera
[ ] In a church
7. What is a musical accompaniment?
[ ] A musical part played in the background or in support of another voice or instrument
[ ] A chamber orchestra
[ ] A musical
[ ] The period of time an orchestra waits for a solo to be finished
8. Which of these is NOT an example of folk music?
[ ] A sea shanty, such as 'Haul Away Joe'
[ ] A work song, such as 'Hoe Emma Hoe'
[ ] A song from a musical, such as 'Food Glorious Food'
[ ] A song traditionally sung in a specific region, such as 'The Lambton Worm'
9. Which instrument could best represent the sound of an elephant walking?
[ ] A flute
[ ] The kettle drum
[ ] The harmonica
[ ] A cymbal
10. Which of these would be a response to music?
[ ] A piece of music makes you feel sad
[ ] A piece of music makes you feel like dancing
[ ] You draw a picture inspired by a piece of music you've heard
[ ] All of the above

 

KS2 Music Quiz - Responding to Music (Answers)
1. Music can ____.
[ ] create different moods
[ ] create different effects
[ ] tell a story
[x] all of the above
Music is more than just a bunch of notes strung together!
2. A film's musical score ____.
[ ] is another term for the songs in a musical
[x] can reinforce the story and create mood or suspense
[ ] does not have an effect on the film
[ ] is included as a distraction from the story
Some films' musical scores are so well-known that you only need to hear a few bars to be instantly reminded of the film
3. Who wrote 'Peter and the Wolf'?
[ ] Rachmaninov
[ ] Beethoven
[x] Prokofiev
[ ] Mozart
Prokofiev composed 'Peter and the Wolf' in 1936 to teach children about music
4. Which of these light-hearted pieces was written by the French composer Saint-Saëns?
[ ] 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'
[x] 'The Carnival of the Animals'
[ ] 'The 1812 Overture'
[ ] 'Ode to Joy'
If you haven't heard it yet, it's well worth a listen
5. In which of these environments are you NOT likely to hear music?
[x] A library
[ ] A place of worship
[ ] A theatre
[ ] Outdoors
Music is everywhere! Most libraries, however, do not encourage music
6. Where might you hear an aria?
[ ] At a ballet
[ ] At a disco
[x] At an opera
[ ] In a church
An aria is usually sung by a soloist and is associated with operas
7. What is a musical accompaniment?
[x] A musical part played in the background or in support of another voice or instrument
[ ] A chamber orchestra
[ ] A musical
[ ] The period of time an orchestra waits for a solo to be finished
Many singers are accompanied by music
8. Which of these is NOT an example of folk music?
[ ] A sea shanty, such as 'Haul Away Joe'
[ ] A work song, such as 'Hoe Emma Hoe'
[x] A song from a musical, such as 'Food Glorious Food'
[ ] A song traditionally sung in a specific region, such as 'The Lambton Worm'
Folk songs are often lively, humorous or sad
9. Which instrument could best represent the sound of an elephant walking?
[ ] A flute
[x] The kettle drum
[ ] The harmonica
[ ] A cymbal
You can just imagine an elephant lumbering along with each thud-thud-thud of the drum
10. Which of these would be a response to music?
[ ] A piece of music makes you feel sad
[ ] A piece of music makes you feel like dancing
[ ] You draw a picture inspired by a piece of music you've heard
[x] All of the above
There are hundreds of ways of responding to music and we usually do it without even thinking about it