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Primo Theory Level 6 Definitions

Musical terms found in Level 6 of the TMTA Whitlock state theory tests.
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adagio
A slow tempo
al fine
Play to the point marked fine (end)
allegro
A fast tempo
binary form
A piece that has two parts (sections A and B)
cadence
A resting point in the music
circle of fifths
A diagram summarizing the relationship of major and minor keys
con moto
With motion
consonant
The mixing of sounds that blend together
dissonant
The mixing of sounds that do not blend well together
dominant triad
The triad built on the fifth scale degree
enharmonic notes
Notes which use more than one spelling for the same pitch
harmonic interval
This type of interval occurs when two tones are played at the same time.
interval
The distance in pitch between two tones
ledger line
Lines added above or below the staff to extend it
major scale
Eight stepping notes made up of the following half and whole step pattern: W-W-H-W-W-W-H
major third
An interval spanning four half steps, spelled as a skip
major triad
A triad made up of a major third between the root and 3rd of the chord and a minor 3rd between the third and fifth of the chord
melodic interval
This type of interval occurs when two tones are played in sequence, one after the other.
meter
The organizing patterns of strong and weak beats
minor third
An interval spanning three half steps, spelled as a skip
minor triad
A triad made up of a minor third between the root and 3rd of the chord and a major third between the 3rd and fifth of the chord
motive
A short, distinctive rhythmic or melodic idea used repeatedly
octave
An interval spanning a distance of eight tones, sharing the same name
order of flats
The order in which flats appear in a key signature
order of sharps
The order in which sharps appear in a key signature
poco a poco
Little by little
rallentando
Slowing the tempo
root note
The note on which a triad is built, giving the triad its name
subdominant triad
The triad built on the fourth scale degree
syncopation
The emphasis of beats which are normally weak in a meter, an off-beat
ternary form
A piece that has three parts (ABA form)
tonic
The first note of a scale, scale degree one; keynote
triad root
The note on which a triad is built, giving the triad its name
unison
An interval that repeats the very same pitch
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