Musical Terms
Tempo describes the speed at which music is played.

Musical Terms

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There are thousands of words used to describe music. A great many are Italian words. This quiz looks at just a few examples of the basic musical vocabulary you should know. The more you progress in music, the more words you will need to learn so try to remember these basic ones off by heart. It will really help as you move up the grades.

1.
This is the family that is played by hitting or scraping the instruments.
Woodwinds
Percussion
Strings
Brass
Tambourines, triangles and whistles are examples of percussion
2.
This is the instruction that tells a musician which sharps and flats to play.
Key signature
Time signature
Chord
Dynamics
The key signature tells a musician in which key the music is written - it saves time writing out all the flats or sharps
3.
This describes how long a note is held.
Scale
Tempo
Duration
Dynamics
This is an easy one to remember if you already know the meaning of duration
4.
The leading part in a musical composition is called the ____.
major key
harmony
melody
harmonics
The melody is what you most probably hum or sing when listening to a song - harmony is its accompaniment
5.
This describes the speed at which music is played.
Ostinato
Beat
Rhythm
Tempo
Tempo is the Italian word for time
6.
Another word for this element of music is 'pulse'.
Rhythm
Beat
Staccato
Texture
Although it may slow down or speed up at times, the beat is steady and predictable, like your heartbeat
7.
This is the term for 'very quiet'.
Pianissimo
Allegro
Minim
Forte
Forte means to play loud
8.
This is another word for 'note'.
Tone
Volume
Flat
Key
This is an easy one because tone is an anagram of note!
9.
The dynamic for 'grow gradually louder' is ____.
ritardando
andante
dolce
crescendo
When a noise becomes quite loud, it is often described as 'rising to a crescendo'
10.
These are the words which make up a song.
Melody
Harmony
Lyrics
Verse
Some pieces of music have no lyrics - can you think of any?
Author:  Sheri Smith

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