Quiz: If You Can Get 10/15 On This, You Must Have Played Percussion

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Are you percussion savvy?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge on playing percussion by answering questions about types of percussion instruments and how they work.

 Feb 07, 2017
1 of 15Pick your answer!
What is a percussion instrument exactly?
A musical instrument which sounds when it’s struck or beaten
An instrument that sounds when its strings are plucked
An instrument whose sound comes from air passing through it
2 of 15Pick your answer!
The percussion family is believed to contain the oldest instruments, other than the human voice. True or false?
True
False
3 of 15Pick your answer!
Which of the following is NOT a part of the percussion family?
Guitar
Timpani
Cymbals
4 of 15Pick your answer!
In an orchestra, is it possible for the percussion section to contain non-percussion instruments?
Yes
No
5 of 15Pick your answer!
If so, which of the following would be an example of that?
Bass Drum
Violin
Whistle
6 of 15Pick your answer!
Which of the following is NOT an example of a keyboard percussion instrument?
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
Triangle
7 of 15Pick your answer!
How many classes are percussion instruments traditionally divided into?
4
2
7
8 of 15Pick your answer!
Name the class of percussion instrument that produces notes with an identifiable pitch.
Clear Percussion
Unpitched Percussion
Pitched Percussion
9 of 15Pick your answer!
Percussion instruments can only play rhythm. True or false?
False
True
10 of 15Pick your answer!
Which of the following is NOT an example of body percussion?
Clapping your hands
Snapping your fingers
Beating a drum
11 of 15Pick your answer!
It’s possible to have entire ensembles made of only percussion instruments. True or false?
False
True
12 of 15Pick your answer!
What instrument family do percussion reeds fall into?
Woodwind
Strings
Bass
13 of 15Pick your answer!
Define an idiophone.
Something that produces sounds through vibrating some of its body
Something that produces sound when the head is struck
Something that produces sound through vibrating its whole body
14 of 15Pick your answer!
Which of the following percussion instruments has no identifiable pitch?
Marimba
Snare Drums
Timpani
15 of 15Pick your answer!
Percussion is commonly known as the heartbeat of a musical ensemble. True or false?
False
True
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