GACE Music

The Music assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.

The first test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are aural skills and analysis; composition and improvisation; history and repertory; and performance competencies for music educators. The aural skills and analysis subarea covers demonstrating critical listening skills by identifying errors in student performance. It also covers analyzing music in aural form. The topics covered by the composition and improvisation subarea are: understanding, interpreting, and analyzing music in written form; and basic music theory composition and arrangement concepts and improvisational techniques. The history and repertory subarea covers a variety of musical styles and the major developments and historical periods of those styles. The topics covered by the performance competencies for music educators subarea are: conducting techniques, score interpretation, and score preparation; and various techniques for musical performance activities.

The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are: technology; teaching competencies for music educators; and professional knowledge and synthesis. The technology subarea covers the practical applications of technology in the music classroom. It also covers music software and the appropriate pedagogical and ethical uses of it. The topics covered by the teaching competencies for music educators subarea are: instructional strategies for different class settings; strategies for diverse learning styles and abilities; the organization and preparation of concert programming; and strategies for developing sight-reading skills. The topics covered by the professional knowledge and synthesis subarea are: professional ethics and legal issues specific to teaching music; current trends and issues in music education; basic administrative responsibilities in a music program; and strategies for promoting physically healthy performance practices for students and teachers.

The examination must be completed within two hours. Test-takers will receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.

GACE Music Practice Questions

1. What is the term for a decorative note which is printed but not considered as part of the rhythm?

A: grace note
B: spinto
C: alla breve
D: tremolo

2. What is expressed by the musical term ritardando?

A: very fast
B: slowing down
C: moderate speed
D: speeding up

3. Which of the following composers was labeled an Impressionist?

A: Bach
B: Brahms
C: Debussy
D: Handel

4. Which form of music consists of a recurring theme alternating with contrasting material?

A: etude
B: ballade
C: rondo
D: nocturne

5. What is expressed by the musical term adagio?

A: speed
B: moderate
C: speeding up
D: slow

Answer Key

1. A. Grace notes embellish a musical score, but are not considered essential to the melody.
2. B. Ritardando is also written ritard. or rit.
3. C. Though he resisted the designation, Debussy was considered an Impressionist because of his emphasis on tone and color.
4. C. Rondos typically have either five or seven parts.
5. D. In relative terms, adagio is meant to be faster than larghetto and slower than andante.