Elementary Music Vocabulary

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Gives terms and definitions for common vocabulary in elementary music education.

ACCENT

Play or sing the note with more emphasis

ACCENT

Play or sing the note with more emphasis

ALLEGRO

Fast tempo

ANDANTE

Moderately slow tempo

BAR LINE

Divides the staff into measures

CHORD

Two or more tones played at the same time

COMMON TIME

Same as 4/4 time signature

CRESCENDO

Get louder gradually

D.C. (DA CAPO) AL FINE

Go back to the beginning and play or sing until Fine

Decresendo/DIMINUENDO

Get softer gradually

DIVISI

Some players play the top notes while others play the bottom notes

DOUBLE BAR

The end of a section of music

D.S. (DAL SEGNO) AL FINE

Go back to the sign and play or sing until Fine

DUET

A composition with parts for two players or singers

DYNAMICS

Symbols that indicate loudness or softness of the music

FERMATA

Hold the note longer

1ST AND 2ND ENDINGS

Play or sing the 1st ending first time through, then

FLAT

Lowers the pitch of a note one half step

FORTE

Loud

INTERNAL REPEAT

Repeat only the music between the signs

KEY SIGNATURE

the sharps or flats that indicate the key in which the music is performed

LARGO

Very slow

LEDGER LINES

Used to extend the staff

LEGATO

to play in a connected manner

MEASURE

The distance between two bar lines

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