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AP Music Theory

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1. A minor church mode with a raised sixth

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

3. Low male voice; clef is on the fifth line

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

5. A major church mode with a raised fourth

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

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

8. A minor church mode with a flatted second

9. Consists of two whole steps and a half step

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

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

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

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

14. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

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

16. Another name for a note using the opposite accidental

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

18. A single line of melody

19. Meters that have beat units of unequal length

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

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

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

23. The distance between one wave and the next

24. Unit of space in between bar lines

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

26. Indicates the end of a piece of music

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

28. Each step of a scale

29. The length of time sound of silence occurs

30. Refers to the beat being divided into 3 parts

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

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

33. 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

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

35. A scale containing 8 notes that alternate a whole step & half step apart

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

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

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

39. A combination of overtones that sound pleasant together

40. A minor church mode following the natural minor scale

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

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

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

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

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

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

47. Scale degree 6; Halfway between subdominant & tonic

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

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

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