AEPA Music Exam

Passing the AEPA Music Exam shows your competence to teach music in the Arizona public schools. You must answer questions in five areas based on Arizona Academic Standards.

Music Theory, 17% of the test: Understand characteristics of musical notation, elements of melody, harmony, and choral structure; know techniques for arranging or composing music.

Music Performance, 27%: Know methods of sound production; principles of singing and playing instruments; techniques for band, orchestra, choral performance, and conducting.
Listening Skills, 21%: Identify all the components in a musical recording, such as melody, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, harmony, vocal and instrumental parts.
Music History and Culture, 21%: Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present time, as well as the development of music from around the world.
Music and Other Disciplines, 14%: Know theories of music education and interrelationships between music and other art forms and disciplines, including technology, history, and culture.

AEPA Music Exam Study Questions

1. This piece represents which style of folk dance?

a. polka
b. mazurka
c. an dro
d. kolo

2. Which of the following performance styles are donated musically by thin, curved lines over most of the notes?

a. legato
b. staccato
c. fortissimo
d. mezzo piano

3. Intervals larger than an octave are:

a. octave intervals
b. compound intervals
c. perfect fifths
d. intervals larger than an octave do not exist

4. Diminished chords are considered dissonant for which of the following reasons:

a. They sound “sad”
b. They lack a total center.
c. They are barely audible
d. They are viewed with universal disdain and absent from most popular recordings.



For questions 5-6, refer to the musical except above.

5. Which of the following well-known classical music compositions features the preceding musical passage?

a. “The Blue Danumbe”
b. “Brandenburg Concerto, No. 5”
c. “Pictures at an Exhibition”
d. “Claire de Lune”

6. What is the key signature of the preceding piece?

a. Bb major
b. C# major
c. Ab minor
d. C major

7. The bass line in Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” the three-note bass line in the Temptations’ “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone, “and the “take a chance, take a chance” chant in the ABBA tune “Take a chance on me” are all examples of:

a. solfege
b. ostinato
c. tessitura
d. pizzicato

8. What is the relative difference in frequency between those two notes?


a. 1:1
b. 2:1
c. 4:1
d. 8:1

Refer to the following musical passage for questions 9& 10:


9. The preceding musical passage is written in which time signature?

a. 2/2 time
b. 3/4 time
c. 4/4 time
d. 5/4 time

10. The preceding musical passage can be described best as a:

a. chorale
b. fugue
c. gigue
d. cantata

AEPA Music Exam Answer Key