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14. Practice Exam

Grade 4 Music Theory - 14. Practice Exam 


* This test contains SEVEN questions, ALL of which should be answered.

* Answers must be written clearly and neatly, otherwise marks may be lost. 

* Points available for each question are given in brackets e.g. (2 points) 

Maximum score=100. Score of 66-79=pass, 80-89=merit and 90+=distinction. Score of less than 66 is a fail. 

Time limit: 2 hours.

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1. This extract is from a bassoon concerto by Mozart. Look at it then answer the questions that follow. 

mozart 0 0mozart 0 1mozart 0 2

(a) Give the meaning of : 

  1. Allegro  (2 points)
  2. tr (bar 4)  (2 points)
  3. 1-a-iii(bar 6)  (2 points)


(b) Put in the time signature at the beginning. (2 points) 

(c) Add the correct rest to complete bar 8. (1 point)

(d) Name the ornament found in bar 5 (2 points) 

(e) The extract is in Bb major. Name a minor key that has the same key signature.  (2 points) 

(f) What is the highest sounding member of the woodwind family?  (2 points) 


2. Answer EITHER part (a) OR part (b). DO NOT ANSWER BOTH parts! (10 points)


(a) Write a rhythm on one note, with time signature and barlines, to fit these words. Write each syllable under the note or notes to which it applies.

When I was down beside the sea,
A wooden spade they gave to me.                                         (Robert Louis Stevenson)





(b) Write a complete four-bar rhythm in 12/8 time using the given opening, which begins on an upbeat. Remember to complete the first whole bar.


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3. Look at this melody by Gallay and then answer the questions that follow. 

gallay 0 0gallay 0 1gallay 0 2

gallay 1 0gallay 1 1gallay 1 2


  1. Name one similarity and one difference between bars 5 and 6.
    i. Similarity: (1 point)
    ii. Difference: (1 point)

  2. Give the meaning of "maestoso"  (2 points)

  3. Give the time name (e.g. crotchet or quarter note) of the shortest note.  (2 points)

  4. Give the technical name (e.g. tonic, supertonic) of the first note of the extract. The key is C major.  (2 points)

  5. Draw a circle round two notes which are a minor 6th apart and mark them with the letter A.  (2 points)

  6. Rewrite bar 3 using notes of twice the value. Remember to include the new time signature. (4 points)
    time sig rewriting
  7. Rewrite the notes of bar 6 so that they sound the same but using the alto clef. Remember to put in the clef. (4 points)
    transpose clef
  8. Which two of the following instruments could play the melody together so that sounds at the same pitch?  (2 points)
    oboe  -  timpani  -  bassoon  -  violin  -  clarinet 

  9. Draw a square bracket (square-bracket) over four notes next to each other which form part of a chromatic scale, and mark it with the letter B. (2 points)

  10. Describe the time signature as: (2 points)
    i. simple or compound 
    ii. duple, triple or quadruple: 

  11. How many times does this rhythm appear?  (2 points)

  12. Draw a circle round three notes next to each other that form the tonic triad, and mark them with the letter C. The key is C major. (2 points)

  13. This melody was written for the horn. Complete the following statements: (2 points)
    The horn is a member of the  family of standard orchestral instruments. The lowest sounding member of this family is the 



 (a) Put sharps or flats in front of the notes that need them to make the scale of G# melodic minor. Do not use a key signature. (5 points)

gminor scale


(b) Put all necessary sharps, flats or naturals in front of these notes to make a chromatic scale. (5 points)



5. Describe fully (e.g. minor 2nd, perfect 5th) the numbered harmonic intervals in this passage. (10 points) 

intervals 01intervals 02intervals 03intervals 04intervals 05


6.  Name each of these notes, as shown in the first answer. (10 points)

note names 0 0note names 0 1note names 0 2note names 0 3note names 0 4note names 0 5 


7. Name each of these numbered chords as tonic (I), subdominant (IV) or dominant (V). The key is Eb major. (9 points)

chords 0 0chords 0 1chords 0 2chords 0 3chords 0 4


8.  Write the key signatures and triads named below. (6 points)

triads 0 0triads 0 1triads 0 2



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