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AP Music Theory

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

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

3. A major church mode with a raised fourth

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

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

6. The length of time sound of silence occurs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. An interval that consists of two half steps

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

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

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

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

19. A major church mode with a flatted seventh

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

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

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

23. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

24. Multiple lines of melody being sung at once

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

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

27. Each step of a scale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

43. A minor church mode with a raised sixth

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

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

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

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

48. A major church mode with no accidentals

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

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