Musical Notation Symbols: Note Head, Stem & Flag


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Which of these musical notes is the shortest, lasting for the smallest amount of time?

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1. On the five-line musical staff, the vertical axis (up and down) tells the musician about a note's _____.

2. Based on whether a note head is hollow or colored in, a musician can immediately tell the note's _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study assessments will help to determine what you know about symbols in music notation. Topics on the quiz include how to identify the shortest note in a given list and what the vertical axis on a musical staff indicates.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you comprehend the following:

  • What is represented with a colored-in or hollow note head
  • A type of note with hollow note head and stem
  • How a note depicts rhythm

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on symbols in musical notation
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of music notes and to explain how they're connected to a song's rhythm in written form
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the shortest note in a group of four different kinds of music notations

Additional Learning

Learn more about how music is written via the accompanying lesson called Musical Notation Symbols: Note Head, Stem & Flag. The following study topics will be discussed:

  • What a musical staff is
  • A definition of notes in music
  • What a note head is
  • Difference between hollow and solid note heads