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AP Music Theory

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

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

3. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Refers to the beat being divided into 3 parts

12. The distance between one wave and the next

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

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

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

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

17. Combines treble and bass clef into one staff

18. The body of a note

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

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

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

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

23. The smallest interval between two notes

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

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

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

27. A single line of melody

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

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

30. A minor church mode with a flatted second

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

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

33. A major church mode with a flatted seventh

34. An interval that consists of two half steps

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

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

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

38. Another name for a note using the opposite accidental

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

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

41. Consists of two whole steps and a half step

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

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

44. Meters that have beat units of unequal length

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

46. A major church mode with no accidentals

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

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

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

50. A minor church mode following the natural minor scale