Sharps and Flats: Reading and Identifying Sharp and Flat Notes in Music


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In order, the symbols shown are:

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1. In this excerpt, where does the accidental end?

2. What does enharmonic mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sharp and flat notes, or accidentals, are used to raise and lower the pitch in music. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of how flat and sharp symbols are used in music, as well as your knowledge about other terms and phrases related to accidentals.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the various components of musical scoring, including:

  • The definition of enharmonic
  • Signs used in musical notations
  • Where an accidental ends
  • The meaning of a natural sign
  • Flats and sharps in written music

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about musical signs from the related sharps and flats lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of accidentals and canceling accidentals in musical notation
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms and phrases from the lesson, such as enharmonic and natural sign

Additional Learning

To learn more about how music is made expressive with a variety of notes and note changes, check out the accompanying lesson on Sharps and Flats in Music. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare accidental notes to natural notes
  • Differentiate between sharp and flat notes
  • Understand how sharp notes affect musical pitch
  • Learn the characteristics of flat notes and how they impact musical pitch
  • Recognize how sharp and flat notes are written and interpreted in a musical score
  • Learn how to identify a natural sign and understand its purpose in a measure
  • Define enharmonic notes