The Rules for Writing Four-Part Music


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What's the main goal of four-part music?

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1. The four lines of music are generally written as alto, bass, soprano, tenor. Which of the following presents these in correct order from highest to lowest natural range?

2. Which is the only line that doesn't always have to be within an octave of the line above it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our short quiz/worksheet combo is a handy way to see how well you know the rules for writing four-part music. Just a few of the subjects covered here include the intervals where parallel motion should be avoided and the only line in four-part music that doesn't have to be written within an octave of the line above it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is a helpful way to see if you understand:

  • The main goal for four-part music
  • The acronym for the correct order of highest to lowest range of the four lines of music
  • Which line is the only one that doesn't have to be written within an octave of the line above it
  • In which intervals parallel motion should be absolutely avoided
  • The best action for presenting the chord triad CEG in four lines

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the main goal of four-part music
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the best action to use when you want to present the chord triad CEG in four-part music
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related four-part music rules lesson

Additional Learning

Study this concept in greater depth by reviewing our short lesson called The Rules for Writing Four-Part Music at your convenience. Once you finish this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify the first rule in writing four-part music
  • Explain how motion and counterpoint are connected
  • Differentiate between crossed and overlapping voices