MUSIC LITERACY AND SKILLS ASSESSMENT
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What experience do you have in music and music theory? Do you sing?
Do you play an instrument? Are you in band, choir, orchestra, or some
other ensemble? What kinds of music do you like? What do you want to
do with the knowledge gained from this course? List anything that you
have always wanted to know about music or music theory but were afraid
Part I: Written Exercises
1. Give the note name for each of the notes below, including the
2. Write each note in three different locations using the given clef.
3. Give the note names for each melodic line. In this case, the highest
melodic line is the soprano, the next highest is the alto, followed by the
tenor, and the bass (the lowest line). Remember that any accidentals
right after the clef (called the key signature) apply to ALL notes with
4. Write the name of the rhythmic symbol below each.
5. Provide a meter signature for each of the following rhythms.
6. Place bar lines in the following to make each passage match its meter
7. Rewrite each of the following examples so that the notes are beamed
8. Show the placement of sharps and flats in a key signature by placing
seven sharps in the first measure and seven flats in the second
Do the same for the bass clef.
9. Identify the following MAJOR key signatures.
________ ________ ________ ________ _______
10. Identify the following MINOR key signatures.
________ _________ _________ _________ _________
11. a) Write a major scale on A-flat (ascending and descending) using
accidentals, not the key signature.
b) Write a melodic minor scale (ascending and descending ) on C- sharp
using accidentals, not the key signature.
c) Write a harmonic minor scale on F (ascending and descending) using
accidentals, not the key signature.
12. Name the following intervals. If you can, name the quality of each
interval (major, minor, diminished, or augmented).
_________ __________ __________ _________
__________ __________ __________ __________
13. Identify the following chords as shown in the example (include
inversion symbols when appropriate).
Ex. Ab _____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
14. Label chords with Roman numeral analysis (include inversion symbols
when appropriate) and identify the type of cadence at the end.
_____ _____ _____ _____ _____
Part II: Aural Exercises
Questions 1-5 ask you to identify pitch patterns that you will hear
played on the piano. Each example will be played twice, with a brief
pause between each playing. Listen and identify the pitches that are
sounded by circling the correct answer.
Questions 6-15 ask you to identify intervals heard in excerpts from
familiar songs. Each excerpt will be played twice, with a brief pause
between playings. The interval you should identify will be between the
first two notes of each tune. Choose the name of the interval you hear
from the following:
unison perfect 5th
minor 2nd minor 6th
major 2nd major 6th
minor 3rd minor 7th
major 3rd major 7th
perfect 4th perfect octave
Questions 16-20 ask you to identify 4-measure melodic patterns. Listen to
the excerpt played and determine if it is the same melody as the one
printed in the question. Each example will be played twice, with a brief
pause between playings. Circle yes or no for your answer.
16. YES NO
17. YES NO
18. YES NO
19. YES NO
20. YES NO
Questions 21-25 ask you to identify 4-measure rhythm patterns. Listen
to the excerpt performed and determine if it is the same rhythm as the
one printed in the question. Circle any beats that are different from the
ones you hear. Each example will be played twice, with a brief pause