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The distance between two different pitches is called

an interval

If you arrive at a concert after the performance has begun, you should

wait until there is a break in the music, then enter and quickly find your seat

In a symphony concert, who is the first individual to walk on stage?

the concertmaster

A succession of single tones or pitches perceived as a unit is called

a melody

Genres in music means

categories of repertory

What instruments are used in a string quartet?

two violins, viola, cello

The element of music that organizes movement in time is


A combination of three or more tons that constitutes a single block of harmony is called:

a chord

An interval of eight notes is called

an octave

A triad is:

most common chord in western music, three-note chord, and built on alternate scale steps

A combination of tones that sounds discordant, unstable, or in need of resolution is called:

a dissonance

Which of the following terms describes a concordant or agreeable combination of tones?


A sustained tone that serves as harmonic support to a melodic line is called:

a drone

The element that describes the musical fabric or the relationship or musical lines within a work is called


A texture featuring a single, unaccompanied line is called


When two or more independent melodic lines are combined, the resulting texture is called


A texture in which a single voice takes over the melodic interest while the accompanying voices are subordinate is called:


The texture in which all the voices move in the same rhythm is called:


A simple and more familiar type of canon is called

a round

The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played is its:


The degree of loudness or softness, or volume, at which music is played is called:


Which of the following dynamic markings is the softest?

pianissimo (pp)

The term timbre refers to:

the color of a tone

The standard ranges of the human voice from highest to lowest are:

soprano, alto, tenor, bass

The instruments of the Western orchestra are categorized in four groups: strings, brass, percussion, and


Which of the following instruments is NOT a member of the bowed string family?

the guitar

The highest-sounding member of the woodwind family is:

the piccolo

Of the following, which is not a double reed instrument?

the clarinet

The instrument normally chosen to sound the tuning note in the orchestra is:

the oboe

A fairly large body of singers who perform together is called:

a chorus

Which of the following is true of all brass instuments?

made of metal, they're blown with metal mouth piece, and the sound is created by vibrating the lips

Which of the following is NOT a member of the brass family?

English horn

The brass instrument in the brass family is:

the tuba

The percussion family is comprised of a variety of instruments that are made to sound by:

striking or shaking

Which of the following is NOT a percussion instrument?


Which of the following would be classified as an unpitched percussion instrument

bass drum

The deliberate shifting of the accent to a weak beat or an off beat is called:


The term a cappella refers to choral music performed

without any accompaniment

When instruments are traditionally seated in the front of the orchestra?


Musical style is best defined as:

the characteristic manner of presentation of the work.

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