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AP Music Theory

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1. Two lines that signal the end of a section of music

2. Unit of space in between bar lines

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

4. Another name for a note using the opposite accidental

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

6. The body of a note

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

8. An interval that consists of two half steps

9. Consists of two whole steps and a half step

10. The maximum extent of a vibration measured from the position of equilibrium

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

12. A minor church mode with a raised sixth

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

14. A scale with a different pattern of whole & half steps from major or minor

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

16. A tail drawn on the top of a stem for all notes shorter in value than a quarter note

17. 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

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

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

20. Multiple lines of melody being sung at once

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

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

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

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

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

26. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

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

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

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

30. A minor church mode following the natural minor scale

31. The smallest interval between two notes

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

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

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

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

36. Meters that have beat units of unequal length

37. The length of time sound of silence occurs

38. A symbol that extends the value of a note by half the original value

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

46. Each step of a scale

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

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

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

50. Combines treble and bass clef into one staff