Music Notation: History & Theory


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What was the name of the Italian monk who designed the ancestor to our modern notation system?

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1. A note's vertical position on a staff indicates its:

2. What information does the clef convey to the performer?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this worksheet and attached quiz to better understand music notation. Assess what you know about the modern notation system and a note's position on a staff.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will help you to:

  • Identify what the clef represents with regard to the performer
  • Be able to name the Italian monk who designed the ancestor to modern notation
  • Understand the top number of a signature

Skills Practiced

Use these study tools to help you excel in the following:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on music notation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding time signature and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the clef and staff

Additional Learning

Read more about music notation with this lesson called Music Notation: History & Theory, which will cover the following study objectives:

  • Understand neumes
  • Be able to analyze pitch
  • Recognize how noteheads function in music
  • Compare and contrast treble clef and bass clef
  • Recognize how accidentals are used
  • Be able to identify different notes and rhythms