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AP Music Theory

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1. A minor church mode following the natural minor scale

2. A beat before the first measure or a pick-up beat

3. An ordered collection of pitches in whole and half step patterns

4. Refers to the beat being divided equally into 2 parts

5. Multiple lines of melody being sung at once

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

7. A combination of overtones that clash or are out of tune with each other

8. Scale degree 3; halfway between the tonic & dominant

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

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

11. Combines treble and bass clef into one staff

12. Refers to the beat being divided into 3 parts

13. Scale degree 6; Halfway between subdominant & tonic

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

15. The use of all three minor forms within a composition

16. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

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

18. Scale degree 7; Leads up to resolution of 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 two half steps

21. Unit of space in between bar lines

22. A minor church mode with a flatted second

23. A minor church mode with a raised sixth

24. Series of duration of sound and silence

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

26. Consists of two whole steps and a half step

27. Meters that have beat units of unequal length

28. A major church mode with a flatted seventh

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

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

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

32. An accidental used to indicate that the note is to be lowered two half steps

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

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

35. The higher female voice; clef is on the first line

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

37. An interval that consists of two half steps

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

39. The speed of a beat

40. A single line of melody

41. The length of time sound of silence occurs

42. The body of a note

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

44. A combination of overtones that sound pleasant together

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

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

47. A recurring pulsation that divides music into units of time

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

49. A minor scale containing a minor pentachord followed by a raised seventh

50. Multiple staves connected by bar lines - a bracket - or a brace