Choose the letter which begins musical term that you would like to learn about:
Abbreviation for right.
Gradually slower. Synonymous
The gamut of pitches, from low to high, which a
singer may perform.
In solmization, the second degree of the major scale.
A performance by one or more performers.
A short section of repeated material which occurs
at the end of each stanza.
Relative major and minor scales
Major and minor scales
which have the same key signature.
The period c. 1450-1600. Read more about Renaissance Music
The repetition of a section or a composition as
indicated by particular signs.
Repeat a section
Repeat from the beginning
Also D.C., repeat from the beginning and D.S., repeat from the
sign, written as
Reinforcement and intensification of sound
A symbol used to denote silence.
A free style instrumental piece characterized
by dramatic changes in mood.
The term which denotes the organization of sound
in time; the temporal quality of sound.
A reinforced accent.
Gradually slower. Synonymous with
Immediate reduction in tempo.
On percussion instruments, a sticking technique
consisting of a rapid succession of notes.
The period c. 1825-1900.
The note upon which a triad or chord is built.
Like the canon, a song in which two or more parts
having the same melody, starting at different points. The parts
may be repeated as desired.
The term used to denote flexibility of tempo to
assist in achieving expressiveness.
On drums, the basic sticking patterns.
A rapid scale passage.
Pastoral, rustic, rural.
Some definitions and terms excerpted from
Belwin Pocket Dictionary of Music: Music Theory Dictionary
By Dr. William Lee
Students may purchase a copy for home use at cost
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