KS3 Music Quiz - Musical Cycles 02 (Questions)

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!

1. What 'S' is a stringed instrument from India?
[ ] Saxophone
[ ] Sitar
[ ] Steel guitar
[ ] Synthesizer
2. A Tabla is a set of .......
[ ] table-like keyboard instruments from France
[ ] tuning forks
[ ] two Indian drums, usually played together
[ ] written rhythms which are set to the composition
3. What is a Gamelan?
[ ] A nursery rhyme
[ ] A type of heavy rock music
[ ] An abbreviation for video game backing tracks
[ ] An Indonesian ensemble mainly of percussive instruments
4. The melody of a Gamelan piece is called .......
[ ] balungan
[ ] bamelan
[ ] gameline
[ ] gamelody
5. What is a drone?
[ ] A bleeping sound emitted from aerial spy devices
[ ] A harsh and unexpected change of dynamics
[ ] A type of song usually performed when in mourning
[ ] Continuous sounding of a note/chord throughout a piece
6. The Agbadza is a social dance which originated in .......
[ ] Australia
[ ] Cyprus
[ ] Ghana
[ ] Tanzania
7. What time signature is used for the Agbadza?
[ ] 2/4 two crotchets in a bar
[ ] 3/4 three crotchets in a bar
[ ] 6/8 six quavers in a bar
[ ] 12/8 twelve quavers in a bar
8. Which is a set of two Indian drums?
[ ] Bongos
[ ] Sitar
[ ] Tabla
[ ] Timpani
9. What is a balungan?
[ ] A blue whistle
[ ] A melorythmic pattern
[ ] A type of wind instrument which is powered by a balloon
[ ] The melody of a gamelan piece
10. What is Kpanlogo usually referred to as?
[ ] A mode used in Indian classical music
[ ] A rag
[ ] Agbadza - Ghanian dance
[ ] The tala
KS3 Music Quiz - Musical Cycles 02 (Answers)
1. What 'S' is a stringed instrument from India?
[ ] Saxophone
[x] Sitar
[ ] Steel guitar
[ ] Synthesizer
Sitars became popular amongst Western musicians in the 1960s
2. A Tabla is a set of .......
[ ] table-like keyboard instruments from France
[ ] tuning forks
[x] two Indian drums, usually played together
[ ] written rhythms which are set to the composition
Playing tabla involves using your the fingers and palms to create different sounds
3. What is a Gamelan?
[ ] A nursery rhyme
[ ] A type of heavy rock music
[ ] An abbreviation for video game backing tracks
[x] An Indonesian ensemble mainly of percussive instruments
Sometimes also featuring a bamboo flute and singer
4. The melody of a Gamelan piece is called .......
[x] balungan
[ ] bamelan
[ ] gameline
[ ] gamelody
Balungan means 'skeleton' in Java. It forms the frame (or skeleton) of a gamelan composition
5. What is a drone?
[ ] A bleeping sound emitted from aerial spy devices
[ ] A harsh and unexpected change of dynamics
[ ] A type of song usually performed when in mourning
[x] Continuous sounding of a note/chord throughout a piece
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 .......
[ ] Australia
[ ] Cyprus
[x] Ghana
[ ] Tanzania
Sometimes called Kpanlogo
7. What time signature is used for the Agbadza?
[ ] 2/4 two crotchets in a bar
[ ] 3/4 three crotchets in a bar
[ ] 6/8 six quavers in a bar
[x] 12/8 twelve quavers in a bar
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?
[ ] Bongos
[ ] Sitar
[x] Tabla
[ ] Timpani
Remember, the sitar also originated from India
9. What is a balungan?
[ ] A blue whistle
[ ] A melorythmic pattern
[ ] A type of wind instrument which is powered by a balloon
[x] The melody of a gamelan piece
Remember, gamelan = ensemble, balungan = melody
10. What is Kpanlogo usually referred to as?
[ ] A mode used in Indian classical music
[ ] A rag
[x] Agbadza - Ghanian dance
[ ] The tala
Kpanlogo began in the early 1960s