KS3 Music Quiz - Year 8 Revision 01 (Questions)

Have you come to the end of your Year 8 studies? If so, your musical knowledge should have expanded considerably. However, as you've learned so much, you may have forgotten a couple of things. Fear not! We have the perfect way to jog your memory - this quiz covers a range of topics from multiple units of the KS3 Year 8 syllabus. It's a convenient way to revise!

Can you identify chord symbols and numerals? Do you know where you'd most likely find riffs and hooks? Can you say what an overture is? There is so much to learn in KS3 music, so why not test yourself to see how much you've remembered?

Do yourself a favour and play the following quiz. It will sharpen your mind and hone your knowledge of all things to do with music! What's more, it recaps all of the units you looked at in Year 8, so will help you revise. Take your time, read each question carefully and think hard before choosing the correct answers. And don't forget to read the helpful comments - they might just make the difference!

1. What happens in variation form?
[ ] A theme is played once, followed by a contrasting theme
[ ] A theme is repeated and remains identical each time
[ ] A theme is repeated and changed in some way each time
[ ] None of the above
2. Which chord symbols move from tonic to dominant?
[ ] I - IV
[ ] I - II
[ ] II - V - I
[ ] None of the above
3. What does the numeral 'V' stand for?
[ ] Tonic
[ ] Dominant
[ ] Supertonic
[ ] All of the above
4. Which of these is a mode for a scale degree?
[ ] Phyrigian
[ ] Freezian
[ ] Ironian
[ ] All of the above
5. An ostinato is when .......
[ ] a section of music is played particularly loudly
[ ] the music stops
[ ] a motif/phrase is persistently repeated
[ ] None of the above
6. Where are hooks and riffs commonly found?
[ ] In baroque concertos
[ ] In Gregorian chant
[ ] In organ voluntaries
[ ] In popular music
7. A basic major triad is .......
[ ] a type of loud drone heard in wedding music
[ ] a chord with a bass root, a major 3rd and perfect 5th
[ ] a type of key signature
[ ] None of the above
8. In music, bars are characterised by .......
[ ] groups of strong and weak beats
[ ] pedal lines
[ ] performance directions
[ ] playing them quietly
9. What is an overture?
[ ] A 4-part chorale
[ ] A type of guitar solo
[ ] A type of solo tenor aria
[ ] An instrumental introduction to a large piece of music
10. What is Gota music?
[ ] A brass fanfare arrangement
[ ] A style of dance music from Africa
[ ] A type of Indian solo concerto
[ ] A type of modern disco music
KS3 Music Quiz - Year 8 Revision 01 (Answers)
1. What happens in variation form?
[ ] A theme is played once, followed by a contrasting theme
[ ] A theme is repeated and remains identical each time
[x] A theme is repeated and changed in some way each time
[ ] None of the above
It might be wise when revising to make a list of different forms and their attributes
2. Which chord symbols move from tonic to dominant?
[ ] I - IV
[ ] I - II
[ ] II - V - I
[x] None of the above
Tonic to dominant = I - V. V - I = dominant to tonic!
3. What does the numeral 'V' stand for?
[ ] Tonic
[x] Dominant
[ ] Supertonic
[ ] All of the above
Also known as the 5th degree of the diatonic scale
4. Which of these is a mode for a scale degree?
[x] Phyrigian
[ ] Freezian
[ ] Ironian
[ ] All of the above
The other examples are made up. 'Ionian', not ironian!
5. An ostinato is when .......
[ ] a section of music is played particularly loudly
[ ] the music stops
[x] a motif/phrase is persistently repeated
[ ] None of the above
....... by the same musical voice, e.g. the 5/4 underlying rhythm in Gustav Holst's 'Mars'
6. Where are hooks and riffs commonly found?
[ ] In baroque concertos
[ ] In Gregorian chant
[ ] In organ voluntaries
[x] In popular music
Hooks are supposed to grab the listener's attention
7. A basic major triad is .......
[ ] a type of loud drone heard in wedding music
[x] a chord with a bass root, a major 3rd and perfect 5th
[ ] a type of key signature
[ ] None of the above
Triad = bass root, chord = root not necessarily in bass
8. In music, bars are characterised by .......
[x] groups of strong and weak beats
[ ] pedal lines
[ ] performance directions
[ ] playing them quietly
The strong beat usually being the first of each bar
9. What is an overture?
[ ] A 4-part chorale
[ ] A type of guitar solo
[ ] A type of solo tenor aria
[x] An instrumental introduction to a large piece of music
Strictly speaking, the instrumental introduction to large-scale dramatic, choral or sometimes instrumental compositions
10. What is Gota music?
[ ] A brass fanfare arrangement
[x] A style of dance music from Africa
[ ] A type of Indian solo concerto
[ ] A type of modern disco music
Gota usually features the 'mystical' calabash drum