FTCE Music K-12 Exam

The Music K-12 subject examination consists of 105 multiple-choice questions. Question formats will include identification, sequence-listening, direct question, command, sentence completion, analysis, and sequence. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 7 core competencies, each with between 4 and 9 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.


Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of music theory, history, and literature; curricula and instructional planning; instructional and assessment procedures; professional and instructional resources; instructional emphasis-choral; instructional emphasis-instrumental; and instructional emphasis-general music.

FTCE Music K-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Claudio Monteverdi, and Antonio Vivaldi are best associated with which style of music?
A. Classical
B. Renaissance
C. Baroque
D. Romantic

2. A short melodic phrase that is persistently performed at the same pitch is called a(n):
A. harmony
B. ostinato
C. descant
D. harmony

3. Which vocal register is considered the usual register for speaking and singing?
A. vocal fry
B. modal voice
C. whistle
D. falsetto

4. It is okay to leave the reed in place on which instrument when stored properly?
A. clarinet
B. saxophone
C. oboe
D. none of the above


Answer Key

1. C. The European style of music uses contrast as an important element. B. Ostinato is Italian for “obstinate,” and goes with the persistence of repeating melody.
2. B. The modal voice is a person’s most consistent and typical register.
3. D. The reed should always be removed from instruments and the mouthpiece cleaned and dried when not being used.
4. A. A hemiola is a unit or measure of three beats followed by equivalent unit divided into two beats.