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Old 10-29-2009, 05:25 PM
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Music Theory Grade 2, The Test!

Welcome back to Music Theory grade 2. This time around, a test to make sure that all the grade 2 material from the first five parts has sunk in. If you need to refresh your memory, you can check out the rest of grade 2 by visiting the links on this page.


And here comes the test! Answers for each question appear below the question in white text, so if you highlight the section below the question, you'll find out if you were right:

1)Which time signature are the following pieces in?



Answer: 3/4 – 3 crotchet beats per bar



Answer: 3/8 – 3 quaver beats per bar

2)Write a four-bar rhythm using the given opening:



No marks here, but try to write something rhythmic and remember the time signature.

3)Rewrite the following in notes of half the value, beginning as shown:



Answer: C, 4 – G, 5 – D, 6 – F#, 7 – G, 8 – A, 9 – G

4)Write the tonic Triads named below. Do not use key signatures, but remember to add any necessary sharp or flat signs. The notes you should have written appear after the triad name:


A Major (A, C#, E)



Bb Major (Bb, D, F)




D Minor (D, F, A)



D Major (D, F#, A)




Eb Major (Eb, G. Bb)

5)Write as semibreves (whole notes) the scale named below:



A minor, ascending, without key signature but adding any necessary sharp or flat signs. You may use either the melodic or harmonic minor.

Answer: If Harmonic, the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G# and A, and if Melodic, the notes A, B, C, D, E, F#d A.


6)Give the meaning of each of these, the answer follows:

Adagio – Slow
pp – Very Quiet
Espressivo – Expressively
Allargando – Broadening
sfz – Forced, Accented

7)Look at the melody below and answer the following questions:



(a)Give the meaning of the following (the answers follow):

f - Loud

The symbol beneath bar 3 – Getting Louder

The symbols over the notes in bar 5 – Legato, play smoothly

'-' in bar 8 – Accent

(b)This piece is in Bb Major.

(i) In which bar can all the notes of the tonic triad be found? Answer: Bar 6

(ii) Name a bar in which all notes are played staccato. Answer: Bar 7

(iii) Give the time name ( minim, half note etc) of the longest note. Answer: Dotted Crotchet

(iv) Give the letter name of the highest note. Answer: Eb

(v) Which of these means "slow down a little:" poco rall or a tempo? Answer: poco rall

And that brings the grade 2 music theory test to a close. Please feel free to send me a private message if you have any questions, or if you'd like to brag about how much you've managed to remember!
Stay tuned for grade 3...
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