Binary Form in Music: Definition & Examples


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How many sections is a piece in binary form divided into?

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1. What should you look for in order to tell where the sections of a binary form begin and end?

2. What important event happens near the end of the A-section in binary form?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these learning tools to better understand and identify binary form in music. You'll be asked to define binary form and understand musical terms such as modulation, repetition, melody and harmony.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These learning assessments will test you on the following:

  • The sections in a binary form piece
  • What happens at the end of each section in binary form
  • Rounded binary form
  • Repeat signs and modulations

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - define binary form and understand how it's used in music composition
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about music composition to answer questions about binary form in music
  • Distinguishing differences - understand the differences between binary form and rounded binary form

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of music form, watch the accompanying lesson on Binary Form in Music. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how modulation occurs in binary form
  • Learn what musical characteristic distinguishes rounded binary form from traditional binary form
  • Discover how and why repeat signs are used in different sections of binary form