KS3 Music Quiz - Year 9 Revision 01 (Questions)

So, you've come to the end of KS3 music. I hope you enjoyed it! You've learned so much over the last three years, but do you remember everything you covered in your lessons? If not, don't panic - this revision quiz goes over elements of the KS3 Year 9 syllabus and contains selected material from each of the Year 9 units. You can also go back and test yourself on Year 7 and Year 8 music in two more of our quizzes if you want a more substantial recap.

Hooks, rags and fortes all appear in this Year 9 revision music quiz. It will also test your knowledge of film composers, incidental music, Indian music, concertos and much more besides. Aretha Franklin states, 'I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.' Well, it's time for some wholesome fun so get rockin' and rollin' with this quiz!

Whether you are still studying Year 9 music or if you've finished the course and just want to revise, this quiz is for you. Take your time and read each question thoroughly. Good luck!

1. What is a 'swar'?
[ ] A type of solo concerto
[ ] The note/pitch of a piece of Indian music
[ ] The tempo of an African dance
[ ] The volume of a piece of Indian music
2. Which of these is NOT a film composer?
[ ] Danny Elfman
[ ] Howard Shore
[ ] John Williams
[ ] Robert Schumann
3. What best describes a concerto?
[ ] A 3-movement work with accompanied solo instrument
[ ] A concert featuring a type of strobe lighting effect
[ ] A type of Italian opera
[ ] An especially long concert
4. Which part of an Indian composition is 'asthayi'?
[ ] The first
[ ] The second
[ ] The third
[ ] The fourth
5. What is 'incidental music'?
[ ] Music with sudden dynamic sections
[ ] A type of dance music
[ ] Music featured in plays, tv shows, radio, video games etc
[ ] None of the above
6. Where is a hook usually found in a pop song?
[ ] At the end of the song
[ ] In the chorus
[ ] In the guitar line
[ ] At the beginning of the song
7. What is a 'rag'?
[ ] A type of progressive rock
[ ] A type of cleaning cloth for woodwind instruments
[ ] A type of experimental rock
[ ] The modal basis of Indian classical music
8. What does the term 'forte' relate to?
[ ] BPM
[ ] Dynamics
[ ] Rhythm
[ ] Tempo
9. A soloist with outstanding ability is called a .......
[ ] cadenza
[ ] complete show off!
[ ] conductor
[ ] virtuoso
10. What is a 'tal'?
[ ] The system of rhythm in Indian music as a whole
[ ] System of volume
[ ] A solo vocal track
[ ] None of the above
KS3 Music Quiz - Year 9 Revision 01 (Answers)
1. What is a 'swar'?
[ ] A type of solo concerto
[x] The note/pitch of a piece of Indian music
[ ] The tempo of an African dance
[ ] The volume of a piece of Indian music
The seven notes in the Indian musical scale are: Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, and Ni
2. Which of these is NOT a film composer?
[ ] Danny Elfman
[ ] Howard Shore
[ ] John Williams
[x] Robert Schumann
Schumann died in 1856, long before films had been invented
3. What best describes a concerto?
[x] A 3-movement work with accompanied solo instrument
[ ] A concert featuring a type of strobe lighting effect
[ ] A type of Italian opera
[ ] An especially long concert
The solo instrument is accompanied by an orchestra
4. Which part of an Indian composition is 'asthayi'?
[x] The first
[ ] The second
[ ] The third
[ ] The fourth
It is also called Sthayi
5. What is 'incidental music'?
[ ] Music with sudden dynamic sections
[ ] A type of dance music
[x] Music featured in plays, tv shows, radio, video games etc
[ ] None of the above
Strictly speaking, it's a music format used in the context of something not primarily musical. Films don't tend to fall in this category as they are usually referred to as soundtracks
6. Where is a hook usually found in a pop song?
[ ] At the end of the song
[x] In the chorus
[ ] In the guitar line
[ ] At the beginning of the song
It's a musical idea or phrase that is meant to be 'catchy' and defining of the song as a whole
7. What is a 'rag'?
[ ] A type of progressive rock
[ ] A type of cleaning cloth for woodwind instruments
[ ] A type of experimental rock
[x] The modal basis of Indian classical music
Strictly speaking, a prescribed selection of melodic material that is the basis for composition and improvisation
8. What does the term 'forte' relate to?
[ ] BPM
[x] Dynamics
[ ] Rhythm
[ ] Tempo
Forte indicates that the music should be played in a loud and forceful way
9. A soloist with outstanding ability is called a .......
[ ] cadenza
[ ] complete show off!
[ ] conductor
[x] virtuoso
Remember, a cadenza isn't a type of soloist, it's what soloists tend to actually play in concertos!
10. What is a 'tal'?
[x] The system of rhythm in Indian music as a whole
[ ] System of volume
[ ] A solo vocal track
[ ] None of the above
Tal means, literally, 'clap'