What Is Secular Music? - Definition & History


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Secular music is music written for:

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1. Which of these are the earliest written secular songs?

2. What was the purpose of early secular music?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Secular music has an interesting place in classical music history. The quiz is designed to test your knowledge of early secular music, who its written for and what its purpose is.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These questions cover the following:

  • Who secular music is written for
  • Early secular songs
  • The purpose of early secular music
  • Early secular musicians
  • When secular music became more popular than sacred music

Skills Practiced

These quiz questions help you practice several skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on secular music history
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of classical music to answer questions about early secular songs and musicians
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the historical relationship between secular and sacred music

Additional Learning

To get a more complete view of secular music's history, read the lesson entitled What Is Secular Music? - Definition & History. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Learn why early secular music wasn't typically written down
  • Understand what a troubadour is
  • Define monophonic music