Major and Minor Keys: Tonality in Music


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1. Based on the title, how would one expect Mozart's 36th Symphony in C Major to sound? Why?

2. What is tonality?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These resources will help gauge your knowledge of tonality and different musical keys. You will be quizzed on specific terms and musical pieces.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Tonality
  • What a scale is
  • Mozart's 40th Symphony in G Minor
  • The key a tragic Italian opera would likely use

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - explore the differences between a minor key and a major key
  • Critical thinking - apply what you have learned to discuss the emotions different keys create in more detail
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define terms, such as tonality

Additional Learning

To learn more about tonality, review the lesson called Major and Minor Keys: Tonality in Music. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Understand the idea of tonality and the differences between major and minor keys
  • Explore how music can be used to evoke different emotions
  • Analyze the different keys used in various musical pieces