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Music Terminology

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♪♪♪♪.... Music Terminology..Did you know....A trio is a sonata for three instruments (for example the piano, violin, cello), A quartet is a sonata for four instruments, the most common quartet combination is: First and second violins, viola, and violoncello. The term chamber music is often used to refer to instrumental music for trio, quartet, quintet, and other similar combinations which are more suitable for a small room rather than for a large concert hall....Music Terminology ♪♪♪♪♪

A useful guide to Music Terminology. Facts, Images and worksheets! An easy way to brush up on musical theory. Information on the symbols and signs used in musical scores and notation.


Music Terminology - Definition
Terminology is defined as  a system of words used in a particular discipline, in this example it refers to music! There are thousands of different terms used in music, in fact being competent in music terminology is like learning a new language! Read though the terms listed below, great music theory practice! Need some more practice? Try our music theory worksheets complete with quiz. All the worksheets are free and printable, print as many copies as you need. We have even included a some blank staff paper in a pdf file so you can practice music notation.

Music Terminology - Worksheets
Looking for some music terminology worksheets? Perhaps you need some blank staff paper to practice writing your own composition or need a lesson in music notation? Simply click on one of the links below for a selection of free, printable music terminology worksheets. If you are looking for some blank sheet music paper, we have even included a link for a free printable pdf file which you can print as many copies as you need!

Music Theory Worksheet One

Music Theory Worksheet Two

Blank Sheet Music PDF

Music Terminology - List of Terms
The following are just a selection of the thousands of terms used in music terminology. Depending on whether you are a vocal performer or learning to play a musical instrument, the variety of terms you come across will seem never ending! Some are obvious and can be guessed such as the term 'Nocturne' which is a piece of music written for a piano solo and means 'night' and is played quietly and melodiously. Other terms such as 'subito' meaning suddenly are not quite so obvious!

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Alto the lowest female voice Baritone the male voice having a range between that of the tenor and that of the bass.
Discord an ugly, inharmonious combination of tones Mellifluous
pleasing; pleasant sounding
Crescendo ed affrettando gradually louder and faster Gamut all the tones of a scale
Con bravura with boldness Fanfare
a trumpet call
Fortissimo possibile as loudly as possible Duet a composition for two performers
Lento di molto
very slowly Bolero triple measure
Moderato a moderate tempo All'unisono in unison
Sextet a composition for six voices or instruments Orchestration the art of writing for the orchestra
Pizzicato plucked. A term found in music for stringed instruments Solmization sight-singing by syllable

Music Terminology - Facts
Music Terminology Facts....Did you know...

Terminology Fact 1: Most of the words used in music terminology are in Italian as most of the early composers from the Renaissance period to the Baroque period were Italian!

Terminology Fact 2: The term 'vivo' means lively

Terminology Fact 3: The Italian term 'coda' translates to 'tail' and literally means the end of a piece of music

Terminology Fact 4: In modern music notation, four clefs are used regularly, these are the treble clef, the bass clef, the alto clef, and the tenor clef

Terminology Fact 5: The translation of the Italian word 'opera' translates to 'work'!

Terminology Fact 6: The term 'head' is given to the first and last chorus of a tune

Terminology Fact 7: In music terminology, the Italian word 'Presto' translates to 'ready' but actually means that the piece is to be played 'very fast'!

Terminology Fact 8: New words are being added to music terminology every day! As Digital music grows in popularity, new words become the norm such as 'ADSR' which stands for Attack-Decay-Sustain-Release which relates to sound in a music synthesiser

Terminology Fact 9: The term 'fall' is a jazz term which describes a note of definite pitch that slides downwards to another note of definite pitch

Terminology Fact 10: The term 'gliss' means a a continuous sliding from one pitch to another

Terminology Fact 11: In music terminology, the term Crescendo (abbreviation: cresc. or < ) means a gradual increase in power

Terminology Fact 12:  A sound bite is a small piece of music taken from a longer composition

Terminology Fact 13:  The Italian language is still used throughout the world today as the universal language for describing music tempo and dynamics!

Terminology Fact 14: The term 'acceso' means ignited or on fire!

Terminology Fact 15: If the Latin term 'ad libitum' or 'ad lib' is seen in music terminology it translates to 'at liberty' and means that the speed and manner of execution of the piece are left to the performer

Music Terminology - Bible References
Music was mentioned many times in the bible, the following definition of music is taken from Easton Bible Dictionary.

  • Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments (Gen. 4:21). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob (Gen. 31:27). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance (Ex. 15)

  • The period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Sam. 10:5; 19:19-24; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chr. 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Sam. 19:35; Eccl. 2:8). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Chr. 15; 16; 23;5; 25:1-6)

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Dream Explanation - Music Terminology
Hearing harmonious and soothing music in your dream, is a good omen of prosperity, pleasure and the expression of your emotions in a positive way. Music serves to heal the soul. Hearing discordant music in your dream means unhappiness and troubles in the home. 

Music Terminology - Tattoos
Music Terminology images are a great idea for tattoos. Looking for inspiration for a unique tattoo design? Why not choose a musical note or incorporate a selection of musical symbols in your own design? A great way to show your interest in the fascinating world of music. Whether your preferred genre is Rock or Classical, Disco or Country, The Music Terminology symbol is a great choice for a tattoo! Browse through our selection of images and check out the meaning of each one.

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Pictures and Videos of Music Terminology
Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos which relate to Music Terminology and illustrate the different Music Terminology that we encounter in everyday life. What is the significance of a Music Terminology? What are Time Signatures? What is the difference between a Crotchet and a Quaver? What do sharp symbols look like? What is an Articulation mark? Find the answer to these questions about symbols and more! Lots of useful information and facts for anyone with an interest in music theory. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great musical educational resource on Music Terminology for everyone!


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