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Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles

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What is an orchestra?

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1. Why is the string section important in an orchestra?

2. What title is given to the leader of each instrument group in an orchestra?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Orchestral music is one of the traditional Western forms of music that is used for many purposes. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the characteristics of orchestral music. The quiz questions will ask you about the instrument that is given the title second-in-command and the expected duties of the conductor.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following aspects of orchestral music:

  • Definition of orchestra
  • Orchestral section that usually carries the melody
  • The title of the leader of each section

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow you to use the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding duties of the conductor and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as orchestra
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the instrument bearing the title of concertmaster
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the largest section of the orchestra

Additional Learning

To learn more about orchestral music, review the accompanying lesson, Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the different sections of instruments
  • Understand the roles of players
  • Identify the most common type of music played by orchestras
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