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A Resource for the Beginning Elementary Music Teacher


Music Questions for Games

My students love to play games in music, and they get quite competitive in the process! Having a set of music questions on index cards on hand is very useful; I can use them with any game (music football, music baseball, etc.) that I dream up to play in music. 

If you get these prepared early in the school year, then you will be ready for any game that you want to include in your classes for the entire school year! (Forethought=timesaving=good!)

I like to give the students two choices of answers to pick from; that way they have a 50/50 chance at success, which adds to the fun.  Here are some examples of questions I use for grades 5 and 6, taken straight from our music series and curriculum:

1. Very soft means __________.
piano or pianissimo?
2. The location of a tone with respect to its highness or lowness is _____.  pitch or ostinato?
3. A large group of singers is a _______.
chorus or crowd?
4. A composition for two performers is a _____.
diatonic or duet?
5. A style of folk music from the Caribbean that tells a story about an event or experience is _____.
Calypso or Gamelan?
6. Medium loud is _______.
mezzo fortissimo or mezzo forte?
7. The part of the song that repeats using the same melody and words is the _____.
coda or refrain?
8. Music that supports the sound of the featured performer is _____.
dynamics or accompaniment?
9. Music written for small groups, often having only one voice or instrument for each part is _____.
cartoon music or chamber music?
10. The way movement is organized in music using beat, no beat, long and short sounds, meter, accents, no accents, tempo, syncopation and so on is _____.
rondo or rhythm?
11. The playing or singing of the same notes at the same time is _____.
upbeat or unison?
12. A person who creates music by putting sounds together in their own way is a _____.
composer or singer?
13. A musical  composition in which the parts imiate each other; one part begins and the other part follows in a _____.
canon or chord?
14. The musical term for gradually getting louder is _____.
crescendo or fermatata?
15.  The "tail end" or short section added a the end of a piece of music is a _____.
forte or coda?
16.  A composition written for solo instruements with orchestra is a _____.
contour or concerto?
17. A melody that is played or sung at the same time as the main melody is the _____.
ukelele or countermelody?
18. Music performed in a smooth and connected syle is _____.
forte or legato?
19.  The distance from on tone to another is an _____.
intro or interval?
20.  Symbol for silence in music is called a _____.
rest or stop?
21.  A style of music taht grew out of African-American music is _____.
jazz or classical?
22. The scale on which a piece of music is based, named for its tonic, or home base tone is _____.
meter or key?
23. The musical symbol made up of sharps or flats placed on the staff that defines a key of a piece of music is the _____.
key signature or major scale?
24. Music lpayed before the main part of a compostiion begins is the _____.
introduction or preview?
25. Music performed with stressed or accented notes is ______.
marcato or glissando?
26. Medium soft is _____.
mezzo piano or mezzo poco?
27.  A line of single tones that moves upward, downward or repeats is a ______.
melody or dischord?
28. A grouping of beats set off by bar lines is a _____.
measure or motive?
29.  A male voice with a range that lies between a tenor and a bass is a _____.
baritone or tuba?
30.  The feeling that a piece of music gives is the _____.
mood or motive?
31. Two or more songs that can be sung at the same time to create a harmony are _____.
partner songs or polyphony?
32. Pitched or unpitched instruments tha tare played by striking, scraping or shaking are _____.
percussion or pentatonic?
33. A form of music based on recitation of rhythmic poetry over an incessant beat is _____.
rock or rap?
34. A term used to intdicate unaccompanied choral singing is _____.
alto or a capella?
35. This sign in music would raise a notes pitch by a half step. It is a _____.
sharp or flat?
36. A female voice that has a range of notes below a soprano is called an ______.
alto or bass?
37. Each of the smaller sections (usually 3 or 4) that together make up a symphony, sonata, concerto, string quartet or suite is called a ______.
 interlude or movement?
38.  In a melody, the span from the lowest tone to the hightest tone is the _____.
range or register?
39.   An African American religious folk song that originated during the period of enslavement was a ___.
shanty or spiritual?
40.  Then length of sounds from the very short to the very long is the _____.
dynamic or duration?
41.  A theatrical production combining drama, vocal and orchestral music, constumes, scenery and sometimes dance is an _____.
opera or outrageous play?
42.  The term for gradually getting softer is _____.
"shutyourtrap" or decrescendo?
43. This symbol (>) indicates that a note should be sung or played with more emphasis than the other notes. It is called a _____.
accent or articulation?
44. A continuous movement from one pitch to another is called a _____.
leap or glissando?
45. This symbol (f) means loud. It it ______.
fortissimo or forte?
46. The overall structure or plan of a piece of music is the _____.
form or mood?
47.  To make up the music while you are performing is to _____.
pretend or improvise?
48.  The degrees of loudness and softness of sound is _____
dynamics or key?
49. To decorate the melody of a song and take freedom with the rhythm is to _____.
embellish or show off?
50. A jazz vocal style in which syllables are used instead of words is ______.
scat singing or scoot singing?

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