Octave: Definition, Function & Examples


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How many half-steps are contained in an octave?

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1. An octave is an example of an interval. What is an interval?

2. Where in 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' is the octave?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet give you an easy way to check your musical terminology and application skills. Practice questions ask you to define basic characteristics of an octave and understand how octaves are identified in any piece of music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will ask you to do the following:

  • Define musical terms related to octaves
  • Recall how many steps are in an octave
  • Use the concept of a frequency ratio
  • Identify where an octave is located in a particular piece of music

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to figure out where octaves are located
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as interval
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about octaves and related terms

Additional Learning

To learn more about octaves, review the accompanying lesson called Octave: Definition, Function & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain how many half-steps and whole steps are in an octave
  • Understand the frequency relationship between two notes an octave apart
  • Define terms related to the function of an octave
  • Apply the octave concept to various musical pieces