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Music: Vocal and General Knowledge (5116)

Test at a Glance

The Praxis® Music: Vocal and General Knowledge test is designed to assess a beginning music teacher's knowledge of music and music education. Examinees taking this test will typically have completed, or will have nearly completed, an undergraduate music education program including student teaching.

Test Name Music: Vocal and General Knowledge
Test Code 5116
Time 125 minutes
Number of Questions 125 selected-response questions
Format

The test consists of a variety of selected-response questions, where you select one or more answer choices; questions where you enter your answer in a text box; and other types of questions. You can review the possible question types in Understanding Question Types.

Test Delivery Computer delivered
Test Name
Music: Vocal and General Knowledge
Test Code
5116
Time
125 minutes
Number of Questions
125 selected-response questions
Format

The test consists of a variety of selected-response questions, where you select one or more answer choices; questions where you enter your answer in a text box; and other types of questions. You can review the possible question types in Understanding Question Types.

Test Delivery
Computer delivered
 
Content Categories Approx. # Questions Approx. % Examination
I.Music History and Literature
16 13%
II.Music Theory and Composition
18 14%
III.Music Performance
25 20%
IV.Music Pedagogy and Instructional Practices
49 40%
V.Professional Issues and Music Technology
17 13%
 
Content Categories Approx. # Questions Approx. % Examination
I.Music History and Literature
16 13%
II.Music Theory and Composition
18 14%
III.Music Performance
25 20%
IV.Music Pedagogy and Instructional Practices
49 40%
V.Professional Issues and Music Technology
17 13%

About the Test

The test content assesses key indicators of the beginning educator’s musical knowledge and professional readiness for K–12 music instruction required for individuals teaching courses to students in vocal/choral music or general music settings. Such knowledge is acquired through completion of an undergraduate music education program. The material in the test, therefore, is not appropriate for those hired in an adjunct capacity to teach a single element of the curriculum (e.g., those hired to teach only individual lessons or a class designed around only one aspect of musical knowledge.)

Materials appearing on the test reflect the diversity of the examinee's music instruction specialties as well as the cultural and demographic inclusiveness of modern music instruction. Materials included in the test reflect a balance of diverse topics related to basic musicianship for all music teachers as well as topics relevant specifically for those teaching vocal/choral and general music.

The content of the test is designed and developed through work with practicing vocal and general music teachers and teacher educators to reflect the music knowledge teachers need to teach vocal and general music, and on teacher preparation standards and relevant materials created by the National Association for the Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the College Music Society (CMS), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.

This test may contain some questions that will not count toward your score.

Sample Test Questions

This section includes sample test questions and explanations of the correct answer. These sample questions illustrate the kinds of questions on the test. They are not representative of the entire scope of the topics that may be covered on the actual test in either content or difficulty nor do they include actual questions that will be on the test.

Try Some Sample Questions

Use the audio files below to help you answer the sample questions in the Study Companion.

Question 1 audio (MP3)

Question 2 audio (MP3)

Question 4 audio (MP3)

Question 5, Choice A audio (MP3)

Question 5, Choice B audio (MP3)

Question 5, Choice C audio (MP3)

Question 5, Choice D audio (MP3)

Question 8 audio (MP3)

Question 9 audio (MP3)

Note: These sample questions are included in the Study Companion PDF. They are different than the sample questions in the Music: Vocal and General Knowledge (5116) Interactive Practice Test.

Interactive Practice Test

This full-length Music: Vocal and General Knowledge practice test lets you practice answering one set of authentic test questions in an environment that simulates the computer-delivered test.

  • timed just like the real test
  • correct answers with detailed explanations
  • practice test results for each content category

Music: Vocal Interactive Practice Test

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