Music Category General Knowledge Test
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Provide the best answer for the following questions, even if you may not really want to. All answers can be found in the PGB, or on the Music Category web site, amongst other places.
1) How many Music judges are on the International Collegiate panel ?
2) Out of vocabulary chords are:
a) Allowed, if appropriate
b) Always penalized, if heard
c) Lightly penalized, if fewer than 9
d) Frowned upon by Harmony Foundation
3) A slide whistle played during a quartet song:
a) May be heard as musical accompaniment
b) May be heard as a noisemaker
c) May be penalized if the length of playing is too great
d) May annoy the CA’s while they are entering scores
e) All of the above
4) If a Music judge thinks that a particular arrangement being sung might be illegal because of copyright issues, he should:
a) forfeit his score and alert the other Music judges.
b) forfeit his score and notify the Presentation judges
c) mention it casually to the CA the next time he comes around to collect the scores.
d) send a candidate to tell the DRC&J to stop the contest
e) keep it to himself during the contest
5) If a caveman uses his club, briefly, to beat out time with the chanting tribe:
a) The Music score shall be forfeited for musical accompaniment
b) Presentation scores should be raised for the invention of tools
c) If the tribe chants with “Ughs”, then the Music judge should bonus the ingenious use of lyrics.
d) If, during a dispute, the other cavemen start striking every 5th caveman with their clubs, Music should reward the “Circle of Clubs” resolution.
e) Music judges will assess if the song or mood is being enhanced by such antics
f) Music judges must not allow WMC’s (“Weapons of Mass Concussion”) on the contest stage
g) None of the above
6) Music judges have been trained and are expected to score their category in alignment with the other categories
Not during a comedy performance
7) Song #3 from a quartet during the finals seems the same as song #1 in the semis. It has a different title, lyrics and rhythmic treatment, but all else is identical. The other Music judge says it's a repeat, and he will forfeit his score, but you disagree. When you return to your seat, you:
a) can levy a light to heavy penalty for the repeated portions of the song.
b) can levy a medium penalty because the songs seemed similar
c) check the 4th song to see if the repeat really counts.
d) can reduce the score holistically for making you think so hard.
e) award a score of 20, hoping the other categories will follow.
f) none of the above
8) If the bass of a popular medalist quartet carries an accordian onto the stage, but doesn't play it until after the applause from Song #1:
a) The Music judges forfeit song #1 for musical accompaniment, and the Presentation judges penalize for Taste because of the accordian.
b) Music judges listen for the unique barbershop accordian sound, while the Singing judges just enjoy the break.
c) Music judges should forfeit song #2 for musical accompaniment, while the rest of the panel's scores count.
d) Music Judges forfeit both songs for the musical interlude.
9) A Music judge notices that a chorus sings only half of the verse of a song as an intro to the song followed by chorus 1 and chorus 2 and the tag:
a) A reduction is called for because of a form error
b) The Music judge(s) should wait to see if the other half of the verse appears later, then cancel the form error reduction.
c) Form is not a Music category issue
d) The full verse should have been between the two choruses.
e) None of the above
10) After conferencing about possible penalties in song #1, you return to your table in the judging area to write down your score. You assign two penalties of -3 for two different issues in song #1 and compute your final score and write it on the scoring form that the CA picks up. At that point:
a) You are done for that ensemble.
b) You should fill out each of the -3 boxes on the score chit under song #1, and check the box relating to penalties under the song score boxes
c) You should NOT enumerate each penalty under song #1, because each penalty was less than -5, but you should check the box that says “reduction applies to one or more songs.”
d) Make sure your penalties are synchronized with the Presentation judges.
11) In the Music category, songs are limited to one theme.
True, except when combined with comedy theme.
Bonus question) Billy Joel songs:
a) Reveal too much honesty just the way they are
b) Dwell too much on a Big Apple mental balance, especially when you miss Saigon
c) For the longest time needed a piano, man
d) Are sometimes a fantasy that is still rock and roll to me
e) Sometimes make good contest arrangements
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