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Elementary Music Vocabulary

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