Musical Literacy Terms
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Moving upward; rising
Moving up or down between notes which are next to each other
Jumping between high notes and low notes
a pattern of notes played more than once
a repeated pattern, played once then again higher or lower.
Question and Answer
An opening phrase in a melody (Question) and a reply to the musical question (Answer) , with something related but not exactly the same.
The shortest distance in music half a tone: C to C# or B to Bb
An interval of 2 semitones e.g. from C to D
The distance between eight notes: Low C to High C.
A type of ornament played as a quick, crushed note before the main note of a melody.
The music sounds in a major key. Bright and happy sounding.
The music sounds in a minor key. Sad and dull sounding
two or more notes played together.
Time Signatures which are counted with 2, 3, 4, beats in the bar. Each beat is usually a crotchet beat.
2/4, 3/4, 4/4
time signatures in which each beat is divided into groups of 3 pules.
6/8 9/8 12/8
At a walking pace
At a moderate pace
Music gets gradually faster. It accelerates!
Music gets gradually slower.
Music starts to slow down.
Music returns to the original speed.
holding a note for longer than the indicated by the note value.
Notes that are slightly stressed sounding louder than others.
Two or more instruments or voices playing the same notes at the same time
Short, crisp, detached notes.
Gradually getting louder
Gradually getting quieter
The volume of the music
The speed of the music
Found at the beginning of each line of music. It tells us what key the music is in
G major is happy sounding music with one sharp in the key signature.
F major is happy sounding music with one flat in the key signature
C major is happy sounding music with no flats or sharps in the key signature.
A minor is sadder sounding music with no sharps or flats in the key signature, but has G sharp accidentals.
Sharp, flat or naturals, found in the music but not specified in the key signature.