Fundamental Elements of Music
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Fundamental Elements of Music

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The Fundamental Elements of Music are: Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre, Texture and Structure.

Have a go at the following quiz to see how much you've been taking notice in your Music lessons!

1.
Which element of music best describes how 'high' or 'low' notes sound?
Pitch
Rhythm
Texture
Timbre
2.
In terms of duration, which is longest of these notes?
Dotted eighth note
Minim
Semi-breve
Semi-quaver
3.
Which of these instruments has a 'bright' timbre?
Bassoon
Cello
Double bass
Piccolo
The others are low sounding and have 'darker' timbres
4.
A half note is made up of how many eighth note beats?
Three
Four
Six
Eight
Remember - half note = two crotchets, crotchet = two eighth notes
5.
What does 'andante' mean?
At a moderate/'walking' pace
Gradually getting faster
Very fast
Very slow
6.
What is the purpose of dynamics in a piece of music?
To express how loud or quiet the music should be played
To illustrate a key signature
To represent a change of speed
To show a change of time signature
They can illustrate both sudden and gradual changes
7.
What does the marking 'mezzo forte' (mf) mean?
Moderately loud
Moderately quiet
Very loud
Very quiet
8.
What is a 'homophonic' texture?
A single and unaccompanied voice
Multiple voices varying a main melody simultaneously
The overlapping of several melodic voices in a piece
Where one voice stands out on top of a backing harmony
Note: homophonic and homophony are not the same!
9.
Binary form is made up of how many sections?
One (A) - a single section often repeated
Two (AB)
Three (ABA)
Five (ABACD)
However, both sections are sometimes repeated
10.
What best describes the effect of a 'ritardando'?
A gradual increase of volume
A sudden pause
Changing of key signature
Gradually getting slower
This is often generalized as 'rit.' on sheet music
Author:  Thomas Daish

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