Music 15 study guide
Music 15 – Fall 2013
Date: Thursday, October 31
Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (Please be early, if possible,
Value: 40 points (20% of total grade)
Format: The exam will consist of listening identification and general knowledge questions, definitions, and one short answer question. Please bring a black or blue pen.
Section One – Listening Identification (15 points)
Identification of listening examples from the syllabus (title, composer, time period, genre, other elements or characteristics relevant to the work)
The pieces will not necessarily be played from the beginning; be sure to familiarize yourself with the entire piece
These questions will be either multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank
Section Two – General Knowledge (11 points)
Questions relating to terms used in class
Other questions regarding the syllabus listening examples
Details of music in its historical context
Section Three – Definitions (9 points)
Five vocabulary words from this study guide will be given; you will pick three to define
Your definition must expand on the definition provided for you on powerpoint slides/in the reader. It should include a nuanced understanding of the historical context and an example of a piece and/or composer, where applicable.
Your answer should be 3-5 sentences in length.
Section Four – Short Answer (5 points)
You will be asked to answer one of the following five questions on the exam. Your answer should be five to eight sentences in length and include the title and composer of the pieces you use as examples. Be sure you read the questions carefully and answer all of the required questions in order to get full credit.
1) Why are the majority of pieces from the Middle Ages that we know today sacred? Discuss the social context that created this condition, mentioning at least one sacred and one secular piece from this period (be sure to mention the genre, title, and composer of each).