20 terms

General Music Vocabulary

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beat
steady pulse in music; way to measure the length of a sound or silence
rhythm
patterns of sound and silence
staff
the 5 horizontal lines that are used to notate music
measure
the grouping of beats on a staff; marked using barlines
barline
the short vertical line on a staff that breaks the staff into measures
treble clef
the symbol found at the beginning of a staff to indicate that the staff will use pitches from the middle to high range of notes
bass clef
the symbol found at the beginning of a staff to indicate that the staff will use pitches from the middle to low range of notes
notes
symbols that represent sound
rests
symbols that represent silence
system
a grouping of staves (staffs) that are connected together to indicate that all staves should be performed simultaneously (at the same time)
repeat sign
the double barline with two dots that indicate the section of music that should be played/sung again
1st & 2nd endings
these are used when a section of a song is repeated, but with a different ending the second time
Dal Segno
sign that looks like a dollar sign; used to mark the spot where you would jump to when you see the phrase "DS al Fine or DS al Coda"
Coda
added ending of a song; only way to get to this is to follow the DS al ________ or DS al Coda _________
Coda Sign
sign looks like a circle with a cross; it's used in the music to show the part in the music where you would jump to the coda
Fine
the term that means "finish" in Italian; it is marked in the music to show where you should stop after DS al ________ or DC al ___________.
Double Barline
the two vertical lines that are used to show the ending of a song
Tempo
the speed o f the beat; most of these markings are in Italian
Voiceline
music part where your singing part is written
Melody
the main musical tune of a song