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AP Music Theory

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

2. A combination of overtones that sound pleasant together

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

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

5. Scale degree 7; Leads up to resolution of tonic

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

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

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

9. The distance between one wave and the next

10. Vertical lines that divide the staff into measures

11. The body of a note

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

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

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

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

16. Another name for a note using the opposite accidental

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

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

19. Multiple lines of melody being sung at once

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

21. Combines treble and bass clef into one staff

22. A major church mode with no accidentals

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

24. The smallest interval between two notes

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

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

27. Scale degree 6; Halfway between subdominant & tonic

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

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

30. Unit of space in between bar lines

31. Series of duration of sound and silence

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

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

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

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

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 unit of measure for frequency or the rate of vibration

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

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

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

41. An accidental which is placed in parenthesis indication the note has the same accidental in a different octave

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

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

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

45. Refers to the beat being divided into 3 parts

46. A major church mode with a raised fourth

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

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

49. The speed of a beat

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