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The Song 01
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The Song 01

When you think of music, what comes to mind - a tune, a riff, a symphony? What about a song? Songs are without a doubt the most popular form of music and students in KS3 will study them. This quiz is based upon the requirements set for the final unit of the KS3 music syllabus - 'The Song'.

What is the difference between a song and a tune? Well, a song must include a voice! There are many types of song - ballads, which tell a story, folk songs, which are passed down from generation to generation, pop songs, created by musical artists for financial gain - the list goes on. A song may be accompanied by musical instruments, or it may be unaccompanied, as in the case of a cappella songs. But all songs, whatever their style, have words.

Have a go at this quiz to see how much you know about songs, their composition and their style. Take your time and read each question carefully before you pick your answers. And don't forget to read the helpful comments after each question. Good luck!

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1.
Hooks and riffs are a common feature of .......
popular music from the 20th century onwards
solo concertos
baroque ensemble music
None of the above
Hooks are what 'grab' the listeners attention
2.
Where is a hook usually found in a pop song?
The beginning of the song
The chorus
The end of the song
None of the above
It's a musical idea or phrase that is intended to be 'catchy' and defining of the song as a whole
3.
What is a riff?
A cadenza section in a concerto
A repeated accompanying progression
A type of dance
A type of harmonic played by a guitar
Be it chordal or melodic. Often played by the rhythm section
4.
What do song words and music often convey?
Social messages
Political messages
Cultural messages
All of the above
Perhaps a reason why songs have been so successful and enduring throughout different times and cultures. They are multi-functional and easily accessible
5.
How are songs often arranged today?
By using a pen and paper
They're usually improvised
Using music technology
None of the above
The other two answers are still used, but technology has become more common
6.
What does MIDI stand for?
Motion, Ignition and Dynamic Interface
Multi Instrument Digital Interface
Multi Instrument Drumming Interface
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
First invented in 1983
7.
Multitrack is a method of .......
enhancing guitar effects pedals
sound recording
composing concertos
All of the above
Pioneered in the 1950s by the same Les Paul who invented the solid-body electric guitar (still sold and very commonly used today!)
8.
What is a backing track?
A slow, reflective song
An accompanying audio or midi recording
An upbeat song with vocals and guitar solo
The technical term for a single at No. 2 in the charts
Backing tracks have done away with the need for a live band
9.
What is meant by 'lead'?
A band member who sings/plays the main parts of the song
A type of metal used to coat guitar frets
A heavier genre of music than rock/metal
None of the above
He/she takes the 'lead' part
10.
A pop ballad is often referred to as .......
a comedic song designed to entertain
a fast, aggressive track
a type of song based upon a drone
an emotional love song
Ballads often tell stories
Author:  Thomas Daish

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