Music Vocabulary Words

Music Vocabulary Words

Music Vocabulary Words

Beat - the regular rhythmic pattern of a piece of music or a dance.

 

Chord - a combination of three or more tones played together at the same time.

 

Composer - a person who writes a piece of music.

 

contour - the melody of apiece of music as it turns upward or downward.

 

duration - the length of time that a note is sounded.

 

dynamics - an element of music - the loudness or softness of a piece of music (piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte)

 

elements - one of the simple, basic parts of something.

 

form - an element of music - the way the song is put together (AB, ABA, ABC, etc.)

 

forte - loud

 

harmony - an element of music - the simultaneous sounds or notes that result in a pleasing musical sound - more than one note played at a time.

 

measure - a unit of notes and rests in a piece of music, marked by a bar line on either side.

 

melody - an element of music - the shape, direction, and pitch (high vs. low notes) of a piece of music; also a tune or a song.

 

meter - the rhythmic pattern made by grouping together strong and weak beats.

 

mezzo forte - medium loud

 

mezzo piano - medium soft

 

notation - visual symbols for sound such as the treble and bass clefs

 

piano - soft (the piano is also a musical instrument)

 

pitch - the measure of how high or low a note, is, relative to other notes; pitch is determined by the frequency of vibrations per second.

 

rhythm - an element of music - the meter, time signature, and rhythmic duration in a piec of music; also the regular beat in music, poetry, or dance.  (eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, dotted-half notes, whole notes)

 

rote - a method of teaching by imitation

 

signature - signs at the beginning of amusical work indicating its key and tempo (key signature and time signature)

 

style - a particular type of music or dance (examples: blues, rock, pop, folk, spirituals, etc.)

 

tempo - an element of music - the speed of a piece of music.

 

timbre - an element of music - the way a particular instrument sounds.

 

unison - when people say, sing or do something at the same time.