Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition


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Timbre describes:

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1. In music, frequency is a measurement of:

2. Overtones are:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will provide you with information regarding timbre. You will be tested on the specific characteristics of and the key terms associated with timbre.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • What timbre means
  • Frequency in music
  • The definition of overtones
  • How to describe a typical trombone timbre
  • Which ways a composer might use timbre

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on timbre
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what timbre is and how to describe specific types of timbre
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as overtones

Additional Learning

To learn more about timbre, review the corresponding lesson titled Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Give an overview of what timbre is
  • Examine the concept of frequency in music
  • Explore what harmonic series are
  • Identify ways to describe tone color
  • Discuss how composers use timbre