Interpreting Articulation, Dynamic & Expression Symbols


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Which of these types of expressive marking controls how loud or soft a passage is played?

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1. The Italian dynamic system is useful for composers because:

2. Which of these terms does NOT refer to an articulation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how well you understand articulation, dynamic and expression symbols with this quiz/worksheet. You'll be answering questions on key points like the loudness or softness of a passage in music and a system that's useful for composers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about these topics:

  • Terms that are associated with articulation
  • Character marking indicating that a passage of music should be played sweetly
  • Location of articulations on a score of music

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about articulation, dynamic and expression symbols
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the terms that refer to an articulation
  • Making connections - use understanding of articulation and how it's connected to a score of music

Additional Learning

Feel free to learn more about musical notation with the lesson named Interpreting Articulation, Dynamic & Expression Symbols. Pay attention to the following study points:

  • Definition of expressive markings in music
  • Three main characters associated with the loudness or softness of a passage
  • Crescendo and decrescendo
  • Character markings
  • Articulations explanation
  • Staccato, tenuto and accents