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Music Vocabulary

Terms frequently used in choir

TermDefinition
a tempo back to the original tempo
accelerando (accel.) accelerate
accent attack the note (emphasize) <
accidental # ♭ ♮
allegro fast tempo
alto low female voice
baritone second lowest male voice
bass clef (f) male voices
breath mark when to breath in piece
caesura // watch the conductor
canon same melody at different times
common time 4 4 or C
decrescendo >>>>>>>>> gradually get softer a.k.a. diminuendo
dynamics volume
fermata hold as long as conductor indicates
fine the end
flat ♭ lowers note by half step
forte loud (f)
fortissimo loudest (ff)
key signature at beginning, tells accidentals
ledger lines lines that extend above and below the staff
legato smooth and connected singing
melody tune of the song
mezzo forte medium loud (mf)
mezzo piano medium soft (mp)
natural ♮ play original note
phrase musical sentence
pianissimo (pp)softest
piano soft(p)
ritardando(rit.) gradually get slower
slur connects different pitches
soprano highest female voice
staccato .short
tie connects the same pitches
tenor highest male voice
treble cleff G cleff female/unchanged male voice
unison everyone sings the same thing
Created by: haleycolegate