CHILDREN'S ANSWERS IN MUSIC EDUCATION
(These are stories and test questions accumulated by music
teachers in the state of Missouri. circa 1989.
Source: Missouri School Music Newsletter)
Agnus Dei was a woman composer famous for her church music.
Refrain means don't do it. A refrain in music is the part you better
not try to sing.
A virtuoso is a musician with real high morals.
John Sebastian Bach died from 1750 to the present.
Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was
Henry Purcell is a well known composer few people have ever heard
Aaron Copland is one of your most famous contemporary composers.
It isunusual to be contemporary. Most composers do not live until they
In the last scene of Pagliacci, Canio stabs Nedda who is the one
he really loves. Pretty soon Silvio also gets stabbed, and they all
live happily ever after.
When a singer sings, he stirs up the air and makes it hit any
passing eardrums. But if he is good, he knows how to keep it from
Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel.
I know what a sextet is but I had rather not say.
Caruso was at first an Italian. Then someone heard his voice and
said he would go a long way. And so he came to America.
Morris dancing is a country survival from times when people were
Most authorities agree that music of antiquity was written long
Probably the most marvelous fugue was the one between the
Hatfields and McCoys.
My very best liked piece of music is the Bronze Lullaby.
My favorite composer is Opus.
A tuba is much larger than its name.
Instruments come in many sizes, shapes and orchestras.
You should always say celli when you mean there are two or more
Another name for kettle drums is timpani. But I think I will just
stick with the first name and learn it good.
A trumpet is an instrument when it is not an elephant sound.
The double bass is also called the bass viol, string bass, and
bass fiddle. It has so many names because it is so huge.
When electric currents go through them, guitars start making
sounds. So would anybody.
Cymbals are round, metal CLANGS!
A bassoon looks like nothing I have ever heard.
The concertmaster of an orchestra is always the person who sits in
the first chair of the first violins. This means that when a person
is elected concertmaster, he has to hurry up and learn how to play a
violin real good.
For some reason, they always put a treble clef in front of every
line of flute music. You just watch.
The main trouble with a French horn is it's too tangled up.
Anyone who can read all the instrument notes at the same time gets
to be the conductor.
The most dangerous part about playing cymbals is near the nose.
A contra-bassoon is like a bassoon, only more so.
Tubas are a bit too much.
Just about any animal skin can be stretched over a frame to make a
pleasant sound once the animal is removed.
I can't reach the brakes on this piano!
Elizabeth Lin ^..^
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