Chord Families: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant


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In the key of C Major, which of these chords is the tonic?

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1. Which chord creates the tonal center of a composition?

2. What is the role of the subdominant chord?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments test what you know about three chord families. Topics include the tonic in the key of C Major and the chord that makes a composition's tonal center in a given key.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following:

  • Subdominant chords
  • Dominant chords
  • Resolution in Western music

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of dominant chords and how they're connected to the scale of a key
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the tonal center of a composition and the role of subdominant chords
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the tonic in the key of a scale

Additional Learning

Learn more about music theory with the lesson named Chord Families: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant. These key points are considered:

  • Definition of chord families in music
  • Chords in different scales
  • Effect of chords on the listener