Hi everyone, here are a few listening exercises that you can do if you’d like to practice hearing things like major/minor keys, duple/triple meter, and also counting measures and phrases. Below each one is a link to an answer key. These might prove helpful while studying for your test, and more importantly, for clearing up any difficulty you might be having in hearing these elements. The meter/key exercises both use classical music only, while the measures and phrases exercise uses a New Orleans jazz recording by Louis Armstrong.

1. Hearing meter

The following track contains 10 excerpts of classical music. For each one, identify whether the meter is a duple meter or triple meter.

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2. Hearing major and minor keys

The following track contains 10 excerpts of classical music. For each one, identify whether the key is major or minor. Remember, the key represents how the music is organized around a central or “home” chord. If something is in a major key, it will often have a cadence that arrives on a major chord (a cadence is a resting point or arrival point in a harmonic progression or series of chords). Pieces will also often, but not always, start on that “home” chord.

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3. Hearing measures, phrases, and form

The following track is “Willie the Weeper,” written and recorded in 1927 by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five. You can “fill in the blanks” and answer questions below.

0:00-0:03: Four-measure ___________.

0:04-0:24: Full band, ______-measure section.

0:25-0:45: Full band, ______-measure section. How does this relate to the previous section?

0:46-0:56: ______ measures, _______ key. Who is playing the main melody here and what else is happening?

0:57-1:06: ______ measures. How does this relate to the previous section?

1:07-1:27: _________ solo, ____ measures.

1:28-1:48: _________ solo, ____ measures.

1:49-1:58: _________ solo, ____ measures.

_____-_____: Piano solo, ____ measures.

_____-_____: Guitar solo, ____ measures.

2:29-2:48: _________ solo, ____ measures

2:49-end: Who is playing here, how many measures, and what are the instruments doing?

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