Theme & Variation in Music: Definition, Form & Examples


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What is the 'theme' in a theme and variation?

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1. What is an introduction?

2. What is a variation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and the accompanying worksheet, you can evaluate how well you know theme and variation form in music. The quiz will assess your understanding of concepts like melody and how to label variations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of theme and variation, in particular:

  • Defining theme
  • Understanding introduction
  • Defining variation
  • Labeling a theme and its variations

Skills practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on writing and composing melodies
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about variations of form in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and interpret information regarding how music is based on a melodic theme
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about theme and variation

Additional Learning

To learn more about themes and variations, review the lesson called Theme & Variation in Music: Definition, Form & Examples, which covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding how form works
  • Identifying the A-section in a piece of music
  • Understanding what the variations in music are based upon
  • Identifying examples in pieces of music