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AP Music Theory

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

2. A minor church mode with a raised sixth

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

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

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

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

7. A major church mode with a raised fourth

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

9. A minor church mode with a flatted second

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

11. The body of a note

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

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

14. Unit of space in between bar lines

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

16. A combination of overtones that sound pleasant together

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

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

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

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

21. A minor church mode following the natural minor scale

22. A major church mode with a flatted seventh

23. Scale degree 6; Halfway between subdominant & tonic

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

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

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

27. An interval that consists of two half steps

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

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

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

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

32. The speed of a beat

33. A major church mode with no accidentals

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

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

36. Meters that have beat units of unequal length

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

38. Another name for a note using the opposite accidental

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

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

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

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

43. Indicates the end of a piece of music

44. Series of duration of sound and silence

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

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

47. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

48. Combines treble and bass clef into one staff

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

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