Music: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Music for Dance (Questions)

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Music for dance will include tempo and ostinato - these aid the dance. "Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance," said Dave Barry.

This quiz focuses upon the technical vocabulary, processes and context.

1. An ostinato is when .......
[ ] a section is played particularly loudly
[ ] the music stops
[ ] a motif/phrase is persistently repeated
[ ] None of the above
2. Cycles may be .......
[ ] melodic
[ ] harmonic
[ ] rhythmic
[ ] All of the above
3. In music, bars are characterized by .......
[ ] groups of 'strong and weak' beats
[ ] pedal lines
[ ] performance directions
[ ] playing them quietly
4. What does the term 'largo' refer to?
[ ] Dynamics
[ ] Repeat markings
[ ] Tempo
[ ] Time signature
5. 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
6. African drummers commonly .......
[ ] play from a written notational score
[ ] strike a beat using their feet
[ ] verbalise sounds in their mind before playing
[ ] All of the above
7. A mnemonic is primarily a .......
[ ] dynamic marking
[ ] memory aid which helps with learning rhythms
[ ] pause
[ ] tempo marking
8. What is a common feature of Gota dance music?
[ ] Mnemonics used by performers
[ ] Ostinato
[ ] Contrasting rhythmic patterns
[ ] All of the above
9. Eg ti pe tsa gah ki di gi and dza are .......
[ ] random lines of nonsense!
[ ] types of chant from the Middle Ages
[ ] examples of mnemonics for drumming
[ ] None of the above
10. The persistent repetition of motifs/phrases is .......
[ ] exemplary of ostinato
[ ] a warning of a piece coming to its end
[ ] common at the beginning of pieces
[ ] All of the above
Music: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Music for Dance (Answers)
1. An ostinato is when .......
[ ] a section 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 rhythm section in Gustav Holst's 'Mars'
2. Cycles may be .......
[ ] melodic
[ ] harmonic
[ ] rhythmic
[x] All of the above
Or based on some other musical dimension
3. In music, bars are characterized 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
4. What does the term 'largo' refer to?
[ ] Dynamics
[ ] Repeat markings
[x] Tempo
[ ] Time signature
Try to memorize as many different tempo markings as possible when revising, they're extremely helpful to know!
5. 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
6. African drummers commonly .......
[ ] play from a written notational score
[ ] strike a beat using their feet
[x] verbalise sounds in their mind before playing
[ ] All of the above
7. A mnemonic is primarily a .......
[ ] dynamic marking
[x] memory aid which helps with learning rhythms
[ ] pause
[ ] tempo marking
Characteristic of Gota drumming
8. What is a common feature of Gota dance music?
[ ] Mnemonics used by performers
[ ] Ostinato
[ ] Contrasting rhythmic patterns
[x] All of the above
9. Eg ti pe tsa gah ki di gi and dza are .......
[ ] random lines of nonsense!
[ ] types of chant from the Middle Ages
[x] examples of mnemonics for drumming
[ ] None of the above
It's true! These words all represent different sound and rhythm patterns
10. The persistent repetition of motifs/phrases is .......
[x] exemplary of ostinato
[ ] a warning of a piece coming to its end
[ ] common at the beginning of pieces
[ ] All of the above