Monthly Match-Ups: Music Theory Results

I thought I’d make this post a little more interesting by combining mine and Alex’s thoughts after taking our music theory test and giving Abbey’s perspective on making the test with the results.

Our challenge this month was learning music theory.

The Test:

Alex’s Perspective:

While I watched a lot of YouTube videos on music theory, I guess I didn’t really soak up any information. My downfall was never reviewing or practicing. I thought it’d be good enough to just absorb the content by watching someone else. I totally bombed the test. I was drawing blanks on all the videos I had watched. I remember going through the scales video but couldn’t remember when it came to the test. I now know that fermata is not a type of cheese like parmesan. 

Jacqueline’s Perspective:

My studying didn’t go too well. I went through a few online lessons and took notes and I do feel like I learned a little bit – looking at the test being asked what the supertonic of an F scale and how many theoretical lines a grand staff has came directly from those lessons. That being said, since I really didn’t commit the way I wanted to, 20 minutes before I took the test I looked around for a 1 pager on music theory and tried to memorize the Circle of Fifths and structures of different chords. It certainly paid off.

I felt the test was fair – although the question about her favorite composer was definitely unfair to Alex – but I think with more studying I easily could have gotten 100%. I have a feeling my test was somewhere between 60-75% which definitely isn’t bad. After reading Alex’s thoughts though, I quickly realized we’re one in the same: I said a fermata was a type of cheese too

(stupid girl – did orchestra teach you nothing? You’ve played hundreds of fermatas!)

Abbey’s Perspective + ReSULTS:

Well, the results are in! I made what I thought was a fairly difficult music theory test and to my surprise the results were very split. I used a combination of my own music theory from years of piano, as well as the help of the internet to put together a comprehensive set of questions. I’ll fully admit that started to phone it in and literally just made the last question about myself so I could get back to murder documentaries on Netflix without Jacqueline bugging me for the finished test. Without further ado:

Jacqueline’s Score: 15/20 
Alex’s Score: 3/20

I fear that I may have inherently biased this test in favor of Jacqueline unknowingly, solely because she knows the type of questions that I would feel like asking. Additionally, I know Jacqueline has had some piano experience, whereas Alex has not (as far as my knowledge goes), and therefore, the questions regarding the actual piano keys were probably not super fair to him. I will say I am very disappointed that both of them failed to recognize what a fermata was, and furthermore took that question as the time to make a horrible cheese pun. Overall, this was a super fun project for me, and I felt that in my quest to make a fair exam, I learned far more about music theory than I had planned.

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