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Musical Contexts Music Theory Microsoft/Google Forms Bundle

 

Available via the Musical Contexts Shop as an ‘add-on extra’, these 10 ready-made online music theory quizzes are available in either Microsoft or Google Forms formats and provide an excellent way of assessing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of music theory.  All 10 quizzes are worth 20 marks and include:

 

Treble and Bass Clef Staff Notation; Note Values and Rests; Dots, Ties and Triplets; Time Signatures; Tempo and Dynamics, Sharps and Flats, Tones and Semitones; Major and Minor Scales; Key Signatures; Intervals.

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Baroque On!

An visual and aural introduction to music of the Baroque Period.

 

Baroque On Audio - I.  Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F - J. S. Bach

Learning about Baroque Music

A 3-page Study Guide covering the Baroque Orchestra, Melodic Decoration, Major and Minor Tonality, Terraced Dynamics and Imitation.  Comes complete with Teacher’s Notes and all audio extracts linked into one audio file.

 

Learning about Baroque Music - 9 linked audio extracts to illustrate key features of Baroque Music

Baroque or Not?

Listening quiz to identify whether 10 musical extracts are characteristically “Baroque” - or otherwise!  Comes with Teacher’s Notes and answers.

Baroque or Not? Audio—10 linked audio extracts

The Harpsichord vs. The Piano

A compare and contrast research activity

 

 

 

Listening to Solo Baroque Instruments

A listening activity for pupils to aurally identify six solo Baroque musical instruments.  Answers provided. 

 

Listening to Solo Baroque Instruments Audio 

Learning about Baroque Instrumental Music

A 2-page Study Guide covering Ground Bass, Fugue, Concerto Grosso, Solo Concerto and Baroque Sonatas complete with audio examples and a Listening Quiz.  Teacher’s Notes and Answers provided. 

 

Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 1—Ground Bass Example 1        Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 2—Ground Bass Example 2

Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 3—Fugue Example 1                    Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 4—Fugue Example 2

Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 5—Concerto Grosso Example    Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 6—Solo Concerto Example

Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 7—Three Baroque Sonatas        Baroque Instrumental Music Audio 8—Baroque Genres

Listening Question on Baroque Music

 Based on Minuet from Music for the Royal Fireworks and contains suggested answers and discussion notes. 

 

Listening Question on Baroque Music Audio 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baroque Period Knowledge Organiser

 

Classcial Period Knowledge Organiser

 

Romantic Period Knowledge Organiser

 

Music in the 20th Century Knowledge Organiser

Baroque, Classical and Romantic Musical Periods Summary Knowledge Organiser

 

 

 

Learning about Voice Types

A 3-page worksheet covering the names and vocal ranges of different singing voices including demonstrations of voice types and solo voices audio quiz.  Contains answers.

Voice Types Audio - Voice Type Ranges and Examples

Listening to Music for Solo Voices Audio—6 linked extracts 

 

Taking the Lied - Learning about Lieder

A 3-page worksheet exploring German Lieder.

Contains two listening activities with answers. 

Taking the Lied Audio 1 - Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel - Schubert

Taking the Lied Audio 2—The Erlking—Schubert

Vocal Music Key Words Match Up

Useful revision activity matching some key words and terms concerning vocal music to their correct definitions.  

 

  Learning about Falsetto, Vibrato and Word Setting

A 4-page worksheet covering Falsetto, Vibrato and Syllabic and Melismatic Word Setting including listening analysis of four pieces of vocal music with scores.  Contains audio examples, teacher’s notes and answers. 

Falsetto Examples—3 linked audio extracts         Learning about Vibrato Audio          Syllabic Word Setting Audio Example         Melismatic Word Setting Audio Example         Word Setting Audio Examples

Voices Listening Extract 1         Voices Listening Extract 2         Voices Listening Extract 3         Voices Listening Extract 4

 

  Learning about Word Painting and Song Structures

A 5-page worksheet covering word painting techniques in vocal music and strophic and through-composed song structures.  Contains audio examples, teacher’s notes and answers.

Voices 2 Audio 1—Handel Word Painting Example 1          Voices 2 Audio 2—Handel Word Painting Example 2          Voices 2 Audio 3 - Four Word Painting Examples from Popular Songs 

Voices 2 Audio 4—Word Painting in “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel”          Voices 2 Audio 5 - Listening to Song Structures 1          Voices 2 Audio 6—Listening to Song Structures 2       Voices 2 Audio 7—The Merry Cuckoo

 

 Learning about  Vocal Textures

A 4-page worksheet covering monophonic, homophonic and polyphonic textures in vocal music—also covers unison and a cappella singing.  Contains audio examples and teacher’s notes.

Vocal Textures Audio 1—Monophonic Examples          Vocal Textures Audio 2—Homophonic Example 1          Vocal Textures Audio 3—Homophonic Example 2          Vocal Textures Audio 4—Polyphonic Example 1

Vocal Textures Audio 5—Polyphonic Example 2          Vocal Textures Audio 6—Listening to Vocal Textures and Layers          Vocal Textures Audio 7—Death and the Maiden—Schubert

 

 

 

Listening Questions based on Vocal Music

3 x Listening Questions that can be used for GCSE and/or AS/A-Level Revision on Vocal Music. 

Contains audio extracts and answers/mark scheme.

Vocal Music Listening Question 1 Audio—Am Meer—Schubert

Vocal Music Listening Question 2 Audio—The Stormy Journey—Schubert

Vocal Music Listening Question 3 Audio—All Creatures now are Merry-Minded

 

 

 

 

 

Learning about Madrigals and Imitation

A 4-page worksheet on Madrigals and Imitation and Textures in Vocal Music. 

Contains audio extracts and answers.

Madrigals Audio 1—Sing We and Chant It—Thomas Morley          Madrigals Audio 2—Fair Phyllis—John Farmer

Madrigals Audio 3—Listening for Vocal Textures in Fair Phyllis          Madrigals Audio 4—Now is the Month of Maying

Madrigals Audio 5—Imitation Example—If Ye Love Me—Thomas Tallis

 

 

 

Learning about Opera and Oratortio

A 13-page Study Guide covering Opera and Oratorio complete with audio examples, listening questions and a Listening Quiz.  Teacher’s Notes, Discussion notes and Answers provided. 

Opera & Oratorio Video 1—Comparing Opera and Oratorio

Opera & Oratorio Audio 1—Early Baroque Opera Aria Example          Opera & Oratorio Audio 2—Early Baroque Opera Recitative Example 
Opera & Oratorio Audio 3—Recitative Secco and Stromentato Examples            Opera & Oratorio Audio 4—Da Capo Aria Example            Opera & Oratorio Audio 5—Opening of “And the Glory of the Lord”

Opera & Oratorio Audio 6—Middle Section of “And the Glory of the Lord”          Opera & Oratorio Audio 7—Textures in “And the Glory of the Lord”            Opera & Oratorio Audio 8—Oratorio Listening Quiz

 

Learning about Chamber Music

A 7-page Study Guide covering Chamber Music Groupings, Baroque and Classical Chamber Music, Exploring a Haydn Minuet and Trio from a String Quartet complete with audio examples, listening questions and a Listening Quiz.  Teacher’s Notes, Discussion notes and Answers provided. 

Chamber Music Video 1 - A Baroque Trio Sonata in Action            Chamber Music Video 2 - Chamber Music Revision Quiz

Chamber Music Audio 1 - Orchestral and Chamber Music Listening Quiz            Chamber Music Audio 2 - Listening to Chamber Music            Chamber Music Audio 3 - A Baroque Trio Sonata

Chamber Music Audio 4 - 1st Movement from a Classical String Quartet               Chamber Music Audio 5 - 2nd Movement from a Classical String Quartet

Chamber Music Audio 6 - 3rd Movement from a Classical String Quartet               Chamber Music Audio 7 - 4th Movement from a Classical String Quartet

Chamber Music Audio 8 - 3rd Movement from Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat Major Op.50, No.1               Chamber Music Audio 9 - Chamber Music Revision Quiz

 

Learning about Sonatas and Symphonies

A 5-page Study Guide covering Sonata Form within Mozart’s First Movement from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and First Movement from Symphony No.40 in G minor complete with audio examples, listening questions Teacher’s Notes, Discussion notes and Answers provided.

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 1 - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Complete          Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 2 - EKN First Subject Exposition          Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 3 - EKN Bridge Passage Exposition

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 4 - EKN Second Subject Exposition            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 5 - EKN Codetta Exposition            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 6 - EKN Exposition with Repeat

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 7 - EKN Development Section            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 8 - EKN First Subject Recapitulation            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 9 - EKN Bridge Passage Recapitulation

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 10 - EKN Second Subject Recapitulation            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 11 - EKN Coda Recapitulation

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 12 - First Subject Exposition Symphony No.40            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 13 - Bridge Passage Exposition Symphony No.40

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 14 - Second Subject Exposition Symphony No.40            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 15 - Codetta Exposition Symphony No.40

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 16 - Exposition Complete Symphony No.40            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 17 - Development Section Symphony No.40           

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 18—Recapitulation Symphony No.40            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 19 - First Movement Complete Symphony No.40

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 20 - First Movement Symphony Example            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 21 - Second Movement Sonata Example

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 22—Third Movement Symphony Example            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 23—Fourth Movement Sonata Example

 

 

 

 

Themes from Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G minor to Perform

The First and Second Subjects from the First Movement of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G minor

MIDI 1 - First Subject

MIDI 2—Second Subject

Performing Eine Kleine Nachtmusik—Mozart

A three-part arrangement in melody, harmony and bass line parts for Ensemble Performing given in parts and a full score.

MIDI 3 - EKN Melody Part

MIDI 4 - EKN Harmony Part

MIDI 5 - EKN Bass Line

MIDI 6—EKN All Parts Together

Performing and Composing a Development Section using Haydn’s “Surprise Symphony”

 

MIDI 7 - “Surprise Symphony” Theme

The Circle of Fifths

A 5-page Study Guide exploring enharmonic note names, key signatures and related keys contains audio examples and full teacher’s notes, discussion and answers.

Circle of Fifths Audio 1 - Key Changes in Popular Songs

Circle of Fifths Audio 2—C Major Scale        Circle of Fifths Audio 3—C to G

Circle of Fifths Audio 4—G to D        Circle of Fifths Audio 5—Circle of Fifths

Circle of Fifths Audio 6—A minor scale        Circle of Fifths Audio 7—Mozart

Circle of Fifths Audio 8—Brahms        Circle of Fifths Audio 9—Modulations Quiz

 

Learning more about Sonata Form

A 6-page Study Guide covering further learning on Sonata Form including Baroque Trio Sonatas, Sonata da Camera and Sonata da Chiesa, a Haydn Piano Sonata, a Mozart Piano Sonata and a Brahms Symphony complete with audio examples, listening questions and a Plenary Listening Quiz.  Teacher’s Notes, Discussion notes and Answers provided.

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 24 - Trio Sonata Example (Trio Sonata No.6 in G minor—Handel            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 25—Sonata da Camera & Sonata da Chiesa Quiz

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 26 - Gavotte 1 from English Suite No.6—J. S. Bach            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 27 - First Movement from Keyboard Sonata in G Major—Haydn

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 28 - First Subject (Exposition) from Piano Sonata in B flat Major—Mozart            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 29 - Motifs in First Subject Theme

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 30 - Bridge Passage (Exposition) from Piano Sonata in B flat Major—Mozart            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 31 - Second Subject (Exposition) Piano Sonata in B flat Major—Mozart

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 32 - First Movement from Piano Sonata in B flat Major—Mozart            Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 33 - Exposition (Opening) from Symphony No. 3—Brahms

Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 34 - Second Subject from Symphony No.3—Brahms                  Sonatas & Symphonies Audio 35 - Plenary Listening Quiz

 

 

 

 

Dotted Notes

A 2-page worksheet on dotted note durations and their equivalent rests.

Musical Ornaments

A 2-page worksheet musical ornaments. 

Contains audio examples and full teacher’s notes and discussion script. 

Ornaments Audio 1—Demonstration of Musical Ornaments

Ornaments Audio 2—Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with ornaments

Dynamics

Pupils arrange dynamic markings and Italian terms in crescendo and diminuendo/decrescendo orders. 

Contains answers.

Dots, Ties and Triplets

Pupils add missing tied notes, add missing dots and identify and describe triplet note groupings

Contains answers.

 

 

 

 

Pitch - Treble and Bass Clef Staff Notation Knowledge Organiser

Duration - Note Values and Rests Knowledge Organiser

Duration - Dots, Ties and Triplets Knowledge Organiser

Rhythm and Metre

Knowledge Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamber Music

Knowledge Organiser

 

Voices and Vocal Music

Knowledge Organiser

Sonatas and Symphonies

Knowledge Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texture

Knowledge Organiser

Melody

Knowledge Organiser