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AP Music Theory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. The body of a note

9. Refers to the beat being divided into 3 parts

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

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

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

13. A minor church mode with a flatted second

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

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

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

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

18. Another name for a note using the opposite accidental

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

20. The smallest interval between two notes

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

22. An interval that consists of two half steps

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

24. Meters that have beat units of unequal length

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

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

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

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

29. A major church mode with a flatted seventh

30. Organization of beats into regular groups of 2 - 3 - or 4 and how the beat is subdivided

31. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

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

33. Scale degree 6; Halfway between subdominant & tonic

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

35. A symbol used to extend the value of a note by connecting it to another note

36. Consists of two whole steps and a half step

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

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

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

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

41. The length of time sound of silence occurs

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

43. A minor scale containing a minor pentachord followed by a raised sixth and seventh ascending - and the natural minor form descending

44. A combination of overtones that sound pleasant together

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

46. The speed of a beat

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

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

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

50. A major church mode with no accidentals