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Music of Oceania: Characteristics and Instruments of Polynesian Voice & Australian Aboriginal Music

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Which of the following statements does NOT describe traditional Polynesian music?

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1. What are mele?

2. How is dreamtime related to music in Australia?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The music of Oceania is both complex and unique. Learn more about this type of music, including its origins, styles and commonly used instruments by using these assessment tools. Quiz questions will test your knowledge on definitions, techniques and geography.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will test your knowledge on the following:

  • Location of Oceania
  • Description of Polynesian music
  • Definition of mele
  • What is dreamtime in Oceania music
  • Technique needed to play the didgeridoo

Skills Practiced

By using these assessment materials, students will have the opportunity to practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - understand the role of cultural beliefs in the music of Oceania
  • Defining key concepts - define key phrases such as mele and dreamtime
  • Information recall - use knowledge to answer questions regarding Oceania music, such as how the didgeridoo is played

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson titled Music of Oceania: Characteristics and Instruments of Polynesian Voice and Australian Aboriginal Music, you will also learn about the following:

  • Ways music is used in Polynesian culture versus Western cultures
  • How songs were used pre-European colonization
  • Characteristics of aboriginal Australian music
  • Commonly used instruments in both Polynesian music and traditional Australian music
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