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AP Music Theory

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1. Refers to the shape and form of the sound wave as it moves in distance & frequency

2. The smallest interval between two notes

3. Series of duration of sound and silence

4. Rhythmic displacements of the expected strong beats created by dots - rests - ties - accent marks - & dynamics

5. Refers to the beat being divided into 3 parts

6. A scale containing 7 notes with no second or sixth degree

7. Combines treble and bass clef into one staff

8. An artificial scale containing 6 notes that are all a whole step apart

9. A diminished church mode with a diminished tonic triad - a flatted second & fifth

10. The first five notes of every form of a minor scale; same as minor except for flatted third

11. Scale degree 7 in the natural minor scale when the 7th is a whole step above the tonic

12. Scale degree 7; Leads up to resolution of tonic

13. The unit of measure for frequency or the rate of vibration

14. Scale degree 6; Halfway between subdominant & tonic

15. Moderately high female voice; clef is on the second line

16. Scale degree 6 in a melodic minor scale when the 6th is raised a half step

17. Division of the beat into 2 or 3 equal parts

18. Scale degree 2; prefix 'super' meaning above the tonic

19. Scale degree 5; the pitch that dominates the tonality; a perfect fifth above the tonic

20. An accidental used to indicate that the note is to be raised a half step

21. An accidental used to indicate that the note is to be lowered a half step

22. A symmetrical scale with all pitches spaced a half step apart

23. A music clef which moves depending on the range of the notes; the line going through the center of it is a C

24. A scale with a WWHWWWH step pattern containing two tetrachords

25. A single line of melody

26. Scale degree 4; prefix 'sub' meaning below the dominant

27. A major church mode with no accidentals

28. A symbol which means the song has a four four time signature

29. A cross rhythm or a metric device where the rhythmic relation of three notes occurs in the time of two

30. Low female voice; clef is on the middle line

31. A combination of overtones that sound pleasant together

32. A minor church mode with a flatted second

33. Scale degree 1; the tone on which a scale is built

34. High male voice; clef is on the fourth line

35. A scale with a WHWWHWW step pattern and three different derivatives: Natural - Harmonic - & Melodic

36. A stick drawn on all notes that are shorter in value than a whole note

37. Lines written when the note goes above and below the staff lines

38. Consists of 3 elements: attack - sustain - and release

39. A clef used for pitch-less or rhythm instruments

40. A form of short hand that dispenses with the writing of accidentals for the notes being changed to fit the scale

41. A scale containing 5 notes containing no half steps; C D E G A C

42. A symbol which means the song has a two two time signature

43. A set of five lines and four spaces for note writing; each line corresponds to a note with a letter name in between A and G

44. An accidental used to indicate that the note is to be raised two half steps

45. The length of time sound of silence occurs

46. The first beat of a measure & it corresponds with the movement of conductor's hand

47. A minor scale containing the same pattern as the pure minor scale

48. The distance between one wave and the next

49. Major and minor scales that have the same pitches & key signature

50. A major church mode with a raised fourth