Music and Critical Thinking Questions

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Review Questions

1. What are the basic elements of music?

2. What is pitch?

3. What is syncopation? What types of music use syncopation?

4. What are three examples of forms of music? Describe each form.

5. What is form in music?

Critical Thinking Questions

1. Music has sometimes been referred to as a �universal language.� Why has this description been applied to music? Do you agree or disagree with this assessment? Why?

2. Why is musical notation important? What benefits do musicians and others receive from being able to write down and note aspects of a musical piece?

3. In the first part of the unit, we discussed how music is everywhere in society. What are some of the ways that we use music? How do you use music in your own life?

4. Music can help influence the mood or feeling in a place by the way in which it is played. What is a specific example of this that you have experienced? Discuss the experience (what was the song? how was it played? how did the mood/feeling change?). For example, you might discuss an experience at a concert, religious service, or another place where music played a part in creating the mood.

1. Tone, pitch, tempo, rhythm.
2. The quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it; the degree of highness or lowness of a tone. 3. A placement of rhythmic stresses or accents where they wouldn't normally occur. 4. AB form, or binary form, which is two different melodies. ABA, or ternary, which a chorus, then a verse, then back to the chorus. And ABACADA, or rondo form, which is one repeating melody with many different ones. 5. Form refers to the overall structure or plan of a piece of music.

1. Because you don't have to read a specific language to read music, just like math. I agree with it because it's true. 2. It is important, just as writing down stories. Writing it down gives future generations the ability to read it and analyze. 3. We use it as entertainment. That is how I use it.

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