Music Appreciation Fundamentals
Music Appreciation Fundamentals

Music Appreciation Fundamentals

Lead Author(s): OpenCourse Library, David Such

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A question pack on music appreciation by David Such for Open Course Library.

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Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q1

In the Ruben's Tube experiment, higher flames at different points in the tube indicate ______________

A

points where the air molecules are most dense inside the tube

B

points where the air molecules are least dense inside the tube

C

points where compressional waves fail to peak inside the tube

D

points of rarefaction inside the tube

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q2

A wavelength is the distance between one peak in a sound wave and the next peak that follows.

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q3

A "dead space" refers to an area or space in which sound ______________

A

is reverberated

B

is acoustical

C

resonated

D

remains unchanged as it travels directly to the ear

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q4

Which of the following statements is TRUE?

A

all birds sing

B

all birds have a larynx as do humans

C

all birds "sing" for pleasure

D

a bird's ability to sing is innate, though some degree of "learning" takes place as well

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q5

Birds most commonly sing in order to ward off invaders in their territory and to attract a mate.

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q6

Human composers have never attempted to transcribed to bird song because of the complexity of bird song

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q7

Like birds, dolphins communicate in "song."

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q8

All the sounds that dolphins make are intended for communication only.

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q9

Which of the following statements is FALSE?

A

Sound travel through the physical enviornment as waves that displace air molecules

B

The pinna functions to capture and amplify sound

C

The human ear can generally hear sounds above 20 hertz

D

The brain has little to do in terms of transforming sound into music

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q10

Cochlea are little hairs in the inner ear that transform sound waves into neural impulses?

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q11

The practice of transcribing bird songs, using music notation, dates back at least to the

A

15th Century

B

16th Century

C

17th Century

D

18th Century

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q12

In transcribing bird songs, which of the following statements is TRUE?

A

The pitches that birds use never match the pitches on the piano

B

The pitches that birds use rarely match the pitches on the piano

C

The pitches that birds use match exactly the pitches on the piano

D

The pitches that birds use sometimes come close to the pitches on the piano

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q13

In the article entitled, "Bird Songs in Musical Notation, the author states, "But it is probably not a coincidence that some of today's birds sing "music" in the sense that their songs can be quite faithfully transcribed in our standard musical notation of staves and printed notes." This statement suggests which of the following?

A

in making music, humans may have borrowed some of the same pitches or notes that birds use to vocalize.

B

in making music, humans never borrowed the same pitches or notes that birds use to vocalize.

C

humans cannot duplicate any of the notes or pitches that birds use

D

It is impossible for humans to copy or analyze bird "songs"

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q14

Whales vocalize in order to ______________ and also to activate ______________ .

A

kill certain types of prey / sonar

B

attract mates / their blow holes

C

enjoy themselves / their blow holes

D

communicate / sonar

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q15

Whales use their mouths to make sounds or vocalize.

A

True

B

False

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q16

Cultures from the following continents are the primary sources of America’s great musical diversity.

A

Europe, Africa, Australia

B

South America, Europe, Africa

C

Europe, Africa, Asia

D

Africa, Asia, South America

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q17

The primary factor in the development of America’s cultural mainstream was the predominance of:

A

English-speaking settlers

B

African slaves

C

Native American culture

D

free trade

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q18

The merging of cultural traditions produces:

A

very little of national value

B

ethnic minorities

C

new styles and modes of behavior

D

race tensions

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q19

Most early religious, folk, and popular songs were derived the styles of:

A

the British Isles

B

South America

C

a blending of Native American and European cultures

D

Native American peoples

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q20

Early American settlers ______________ the music of Native Americans.

A

accepted

B

tolerated

C

copied

D

rejected

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q21

The musical language of America is based on:

A

Western European musical concepts

B

ancient Greek musical concepts

C

neither a nor b

D

a and b

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q22

When music is transmitted from generation to generation by imitation or memory, this is referred to as:

A

notational tradition

B

oral tradition

C

familial tradition

D

none of these

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q23

Ethnomusicologists rely on a ______________ rather than an ethnocentric perspective to study and describe music.

A

regional

B

local

C

global

D

universal

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q24

Music labels can be:

A

helpful

B

ambiguous

C

a and b

D

neither a nor b

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q25

Who composed music for orchestra, but in the “pop” style?

A

Bob Dylan

B

Tchaikovsky

C

George Gershwin

D

Beethoven

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q26

The composer of a folk song is often:

A

poor

B

not a musician

C

old

D

unknown

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q27

The ______________ Law of 1909 provided ownership of popular songs to composers, lyricists, and publishers.

A

Permission

B

Copyright

C

Ownership

D

Holder

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q28

Downloading copyrighted music can be considered:

A

okay

B

violation of the law

C

educational

D

an extreme compliment

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q29

Music is:

A

sound that is pleasing to the ear

B

sound and silence organized in time

C

sound you want to hear as music

D

all of these

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q30

______________ can be used to create music.

A

Noise

B

Non-singable melodies

C

Silence

D

all of these

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q31

The principles of acoustics can involve such terms as:

A

frequency range

B

echo

C

graphic equalizers

D

all of these

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q32

An audio enthusiast will want a speaker system with the ______________ frequency response.

A

narrowest

B

smallest

C

widest

D

none of these

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q33

Acoustical engineers design auditoriums according to principles like:

A

resonance and reverberation

B

graphic equalization

C

signal to noise ratio

D

none of these

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q34

The acoustics of a room are considered ______________ when sound waves are absorbed.

A

excellent

B

dead

C

damaged

D

live

Music Appreciation Fundamentals Q35

To appreciate music it is important to ______________ what happened before, and ______________ what is about to happen.

A

forget/notice

B

anticipate/remember

C

remember/anticipate

D

judge/evaluate