Modality: Definition, Principle & Effect


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How many scale degrees are there?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a mode?

2. Which monks helped develop the modes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of modality as a muiscal term. Quiz questions examine history, composition, and types of modes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Gauge your understanding of what a mode is in music and the relevance of different types of modes, including:

  • Which modes are the most commonly used
  • The mode popularly employed by jazz musicians
  • The history of the modal system

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use knowledge of various modes to identify what modes are associated with specific musical styles
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding major concepts such as modes and scale degrees to answer questions related to types of modes
  • Information recall - access the knowlege you've gained regarding the history and development of modes

Additional Learning

To explore topics related to modality more in depth, refer to the related lesson called Modality: Definition, Principle & Effect. Topics covered in this lesson include:

  • Greek-influence on modern Western musical scales
  • The mnemonic device used to help remember the names of the different modes
  • How each scale degree relates to another
  • The definition of tonality