Music Appreciation: Key Concepts
Music Appreciation: Key Concepts

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts

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: Key Concepts Q1

Music is an art and:

A

a science

B

not a science

C

a pseudoscience

D

none of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q2

A great piece of music encourages repeated:

A

listening

B

study

C

performance

D

all of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q3

Musical stylistic differences among cultures come from:

A

reasons for the use of music

B

different instruments

C

different ways of creating music

D

all of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q4

Music can stimulate:

A

physical reactions

B

physiological reactions

C

both a and b

D

neither a nor b

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q5

Music therapists can help people:

A

find a job

B

improve their self esteem

C

find a spouse

D

become better musicians

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q6

______________ in music is the use of written symbols to represent musical sounds.

A

Symbolology

B

Timbre

C

Frequency

D

Notation

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q7

Most creators usually create music that is:

A

good music

B

culturally-detached

C

culture-specific

D

abstract

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q8

Which of the following makes more use of improvisation?

A

jazz music

B

orchestral music

C

band music

D

none make use of it

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q9

When people perceive a single tone we call it:

A

melody

B

timbre

C

pitch

D

harmony

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q10

The ______________ the frequency, the higher the pitch; the ______________ the frequency, the lower the pitch.

A

faster/slower

B

calmer/higher

C

sharper/smoother

D

none of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q11

A sequence of pitches occurring one after another is perceived:

A

horizontally

B

vertically

C

texturally

D

mechanically

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q12

Instrumental melodies usually can have ______________ than vocal melodies.

A

wider ranges

B

wider skips

C

greater complexity

D

all of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q13

Tonality refers to:

A

the tonal center of a key

B

the melodic contour

C

the harmonic texture

D

none of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q14

Harmony is perceived:

A

horizontally

B

vertically

C

texturally

D

none of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q15

The system of using chords in American music is known as:

A

notation

B

contrast

C

melody

D

harmony

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q16

We usually hear three or more simultaneous sounds as a:

A

chord

B

rhythm

C

timbre

D

all of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q17

Music moves through:

A

space

B

dimensions

C

time

D

all of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q18

The variety of changes in the duration of pitches creates:

A

chaos

B

rhythm

C

the beat

D

tempo

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q19

Pulse refers to the ______________ of the music.

A

beat

B

tempo

C

loudness

D

meter

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q20

Strong, weak, strong, weak is an example of:

A

bad timing

B

triple meter

C

duple meter

D

mixed meter

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q21

Strong, weak, weak, strong, weak, weak is an example of:

A

bad timing

B

mixed meter

C

duple meter

D

triple meter

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q22

______________ music has no pulse, a weak pulse, or an irregular pulse.

A

Bluegrass

B

Orchestral

C

Metric

D

Nonmetric

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q23

______________ has a clear pulse, with strong beats occurring in different patterns.

A

Mixed meter

B

Duple meter

C

Triple meter

D

none of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q24

______________ intensity generates a louder sound.

A

Lesser

B

Fluctuating

C

Greater

D

Consistent

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q25

In Western classical music instruments are classified according to their:

A

range

B

color

C

size

D

timbre

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q26

Tension followed by a release of tension produces:

A

chaos

B

static motion

C

forward energy

D

both a and c

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q27

Texture in Western music can refer to:

A

thick and full

B

thin and transparent

C

both a and b

D

neither a or b

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q28

Form is frequently depicted by:

A

letter names (AB, ABACA)

B

shapes of instruments

C

repeat signs

D

periods in history

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q29

32-bar song form is found in:

A

art songs

B

religious music

C

folk songs

D

all of these

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q30

______________ give a feeling of temporarily stopping with the sense that the music will continue.

A

Closed cadences

B

Open cadences

C

Tensions

D

Dynamics

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q31

______________ convey a strong feeling of finality.

A

Closed cadences

B

Open cadences

C

Tensions

D

Dynamics

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q32

Your instructor does not believe in stating a precise definition of what is music, because he believes that

A

birds do sing, hence, music is not just a human phenomenon.

B

music is a creative phenomenon and should not be restricted to the boundaries of a precise definition.

C

all definitions of music are precise and accurate; hence, they all need to be given equal weight.

D

music is like language; it rarely changes because people rarely change.

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q33

In the scenario of how humans hear and perceive sound, which of the following stimuli does the brain respond to?

A

vibration

B

air pressure

C

frequencies

D

neural impulses

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q34

Which of the following is responsible for determing if a sound is "music"?

A

the pinna the pinna

B

the cochlea the cochlea

C

the inner earthe inner ear

D

the brainthe brain

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q35

Which of the following statements is true?

A

All animals, including birds, "sing," according to the BB readings.

B

Music evolved centuries ago when the first humans tried to mimick bird songs.

C

Passeriformes vocalize rather than "sing."

D

Birds are born with some innate ability to develop a song.

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q36

Which of the following statements is true?

A

Birds do not sing to communicate with other birds.

B

Humans are able to transcribe bird songs and reproduce the notes somewhat on the piano.

C

According to the BB articles distress calls fall into the category of bird songs.

D

Birds do not use calls or song to attract mates.

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q37

Why does your instructor believe that the course is not necessarily about learning to like different types of music?

A

Because not everyone likes everyone else's music. Hence, it is more valuable to develop an appreciation for why certain groups of people prefer certain types of music and what it means to them.

B

Learning to like music involves complex issues that should not be addressed in an introductory course.

C

It is too easy for your instructor to find music that everyone likes.

D

Because American listeners have the most advanced listening skills on the planet.

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q38

Which of the following statements is true?

A

In contrast to humans, birds are unable to modify the frequencies of the initial sounds they make.

B

When birds learn songs from each other within the same region, it is possible for them to develop a style that is unique to that region.

C

One species of bird never learns the calls made by another species.

D

all birds have the ability to sing three notes at once.

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q39

According to the Ruben's tube experiment, higher flames from the pipe result from

A

higher pressure produced by the sound wave

B

lower pressure produced by the sound wave

C

no pressure whatsoever produced by the sound wave

D

the "troughs" of soundwaves rather than the "peaks"

Music Appreciation: Key Concepts Q40

Soundwaves are also compressional waves.

A

True

B

False