Monophonic in Music: Definition & Examples


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What is musical texture?

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1. Which of the following is NOT an example of monophonic texture?

2. Why can't most drums play melody or harmony?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help gauge your understanding of monophonic texture. In order to pass the quiz, you'll need to know about musical texture, octaves, drones, melody and harmony, and examples of monophonic texture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • The definition of musical texture
  • Why most drums can't play melody or harmony
  • How an octave is described
  • Examples of monophonic texture
  • The meaning of a drone

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related humanities lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as drone and octave
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding musical texture

Additional Learning

To learn more about musical texture, review the accompanying lesson, Monophonic in Music: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define major terms and phrases related to layers in music, including texture, monophonic texture, melody, octave, frequency, drone, and definite/indefinite pitch
  • Distinguish between the musical layers that form melody and harmony
  • Recognize the difference between monophonic music and non-monophonic music
  • Differentiate between definite and indefinite pitches
  • Understand how octaves are monophonic