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Grade 1 Music Terms

Grade 1 Musical Terms

Adagio slowly
Andante at an easy walking pace
Moderato at a moderate speed
Allegro lively and fast
Presto very fast
Accelerando gradually becoming faster
Rallentando gradually becoming slower
Ritardando gradually becoming faster
Ritenuto immediately slower
A tempo return to the former speed
Crescendo gradually becoming louder
Decrescendo gradually becoming softer
Diminuendo gradually becoming softer
Forte loud
Piano soft
Legato smooth, well connected
Staccato short and detached
Bar line divides music into equal sections according to time signature
Double bar line Indicates the end of a piece
Tie Joins the length of two notes
Slur Play smoothly
semibreve four beat note
crotchet one beat note
quaver half beat note
staff or stave the file lines that music is written on
dotted minim three beat note
dotted crotchet one and a half beat note
semitone the very next note on the piano, white or black
tone two semitones
sharp raises a note by a semitone
flat lowers a note by a semitone
2/4 a simple duple time signature with two crotchets in a bar
3/4 simple triple time signature with three crotchets in a bar
4/4 a simple quadruple time signature with four crotchet beats in a bar
anacrusis an incomplete bar at the beginning that is made up for at the end
C major a key with no sharps or flats
F major a key with one flat
G major a key with one sharp
Created by: gyfabitt