Exam will consist of 5 listening questions – 2 pts each
25 multiple choice questions – 2 pts each
5 short answers – 5 pts each
3 notational assignments – 5 pts each
The final will tend to emphasize material covered in the second half of class. However it is cumulative and you will need to know all the concept and vocabulary in order to understand and answer questions.
Test will cover these basic areas of music:
Notes and Rests
Know the difference between beat at rhythm.
Need to know what kind of meter common time, 2/4. 3/4 and 4/4 are. Need to know where the accents fall in each.
Need to know which of the terminology associated with tempo means fast and which means slow
Accidentals – sharps and flats
Will need to be able to identify the notes on the keyboard.
Know which keys have two have two names.
Need to know the purpose of solfege.
Need to know what the terms do. home note and tonic have in common
Will need to know the difference between transposition and modulation.
Half note/whole note
Know that a scale, any scale, is a specific pattern of steps or intervals encompasing an octave. Also know that an interval is the distance between any two notes – half step is the difference between any two ascending or descending keys on the piano and a whole step is two half steps.
Will need to know that the arrangement of whole and half steps in any major diatonic scale.
Need to know what notes are flatted in the natural minor scale.
Need to know how many notes a pentatonic, diatonic and chromatic scale have.
Major and Minor Triads
Need to know what harmony is.
Need to know the difference between a minor and major triad.
Need to know what inversions are (I will not ask you make some).
Resolution – a melodic and harmonic idea of return to the home note or key.
Polyphony – more than one melodic line at one time
Need to know what the conventions of melodic compositions are.
12 bar blues
Need to be able to define form in music.
Need to describe the elements that make up the sonata form.
Need to be able to describe elements of a blues song.
Need to be able to define Opera terminology including Overture, Aria, Recitative and Libretto.
Dynamics and articulation
Legato and staccato
Need to understand the difference between dynamics and articulation and the purpose of each.
Will need to know a few basic history facts:
The first instrument was the voice
The first large scale vocal music form that told a story (and so was a forerunner of opera) was the Roman Catholic Mass.
Early musicians were amateurs of the knightly class.
Opera became on of the first commercial viable forms of entertainment. As such all of the things that follow comercialization including an expansion of size and scope, level of melodrama, star culture and a seperation between performers and audience evolved.
The blues evolved from work songs, church music and the attempt by blacks to marry their African pentatonic ideas about melody to the Western scale. The blues were an important musical development because they represent a statement of individual identity.
The two important inventions that preceded Rock and Roll were the recording device and electric instruments – especially the guitar.
Rock and roll evolved from the following popular forms: Blues, Gospel, Country and Western and later Folk.
The most important folk musician in the 20th century was Woody Guthrie.
See you all on Monday!