Tone Color in Music: Definition & Explanation


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What is tone color?

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1. When describing tone color, which words should NOT be used?

2. What other word is a synonym for tone color?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Tone color is a distinct element of sound and music, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its definition and characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on several aspects of tone color, including:

  • The definition of tone color
  • How to describe tone color
  • Another way to refer to tone color
  • How the tone color of an instrument can be altered

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you draw the most important information from the related music lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between words that should and should not be used when describing tone color
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding changing an instrument's tone color

Additional Learning

To learn more about tone color, review the accompanying lesson, Tone Color in Music: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the factors that influence the tone color of an instrument
  • Define fundamental pitch
  • Define overtone
  • Understand how to properly describe tone color
  • Familiarize yourself with the aesthetics of tone color in music
  • Define pizzicato and col legno