music terms

2/2
2/4
3/4
32nd note
4/4
6/8
64th note
7-6 suspension
9-8 suspension
A
a bene placito
a cappella
a capriccio
A major
A minor
a piacere
A-flat
A-flat major
A-flat minor
A-minor
A-sharp
A-sharp major
A-sharp minor
AAR
ABA form
abbreviation
AC
accel
accelerando
accent
accent mark
acciacatura
acciaccatura
accidental
accidental chord
accolade
accompagnato
accompaniment
accompanist
achromatic
acid
acousmatic
acoustic
action
adagietto
adagio
adagissimo
additional accompaniment
addolorato
adjunct
Aeolian mode
affettuoso
affrettando
afoxe
afrobeat
afterbeat
aggregate
agitato
agitpop
agogic
air
al niente
alla breve
alla marcia
allargando
allegretto
allegrissimo
allegro
allegro ma non troppo
allegro non troppo
alleluia
alt
altissimo
alto clef
ambient
ambitus
amelodic
Americana
anacrusis
andante
andantino
anhemitonic pentatonic scale
antecedent phrase
anthemic
anticipation
antiphonal
antiphone
antiphony
APC
apotome
arabesque
archtop
arco
aria
arietta
ariette
arioso
arpeggiation
arpeggio
arrange
arrangement
arsis
art rock
articulate
asymmetric meter
atonal
attacca
attune
augment
augmentation
augmented
augmented fifth
augmented fourth
augmented interval
augmented ninth
augmented octave
augmented second
augmented seventh
augmented sixth
augmented sixth chord
augmented third
augmented triad
augmented unison
authentic cadence
auto-tune
auto-tuner
avant-metal
B
B major
B minor
B-bender
B-flat
B-flat major
B-flat minor
b/w
B♭ instrument
Bach
BACH motif
backbeat
backing
backup vocalist
backup vocals
ballade
balladic
ballet
bandmaster
bar
barbershop quartet
barcarole
bariolage
baroque organ
Baroque period
barrel
barrelhouse
Bartók pizzicato
barwalking
baryton
bashy
bass C
bass clef
bass staff
bassetto
bassless
basslike
bassline
basso
basso continuo
basso profondo
basswork
baton
batterie
battuta
beam
beat level
beatbox
beatboxer
beatless
beatmatching
beatscape
beauty and the beast
bebop
Beijing opera
bel canto
bell
bemol
Benedictus
benga
bhajan
bichord
biguine
bimeter
bind
biniou
biomusic
bis key
bitonal
bitonality
black metal
black note
blues scale
bogie
bomba
bombard
bombardo
boogaloo
boogie-woogie
boom bap
boppy
bottleneck guitar
bouffe
bout
boy band
BPM
bpm
braindance
brass band
brasswind
bravura
break
breakbeat
breakcore
breaking
bridge
broken chord
broken consort
brush
buffa
buffo
bugle
bulerias
burden
C
c
C clef
C instrument
C major
C minor
C sharp
C-clef
C-flat major
c-note
C-sharp major
C-sharp minor
cadence
cadenced
cadenza
cakewalk
calypsolike
canonical
cantabile
cantata
cantilena
cantus
canzona
capotasto
capriccioso
carnyx
cassation
cassingle
cavatina
CD3
CD5
celeste
cent
chaabi
chaconne
chair
Chakravakam
chamber music
chamber organ
chamberlike
chancel organ
changüí
chantant
chart-topping
chipmusic
chiptune
chiroplast
chop up
Chopin
Chopsticks
chord
chord progression
chordal
chordophone
choro
Christian metal
Christian rock
chromatic
chromatic scale
cimbalom
cipher
ciranda
circle progression
clairon
clamshell
claribella
clarino
clarion
classical
classical music
Classical period
clausula
clave
clavier
cliff
clivis
cluster
coda
codetta
col legno
coldwave
coloration
colorature
comb
combinatoriality
come in
come stà
comes
comma
common time
comodo
compass
complement
compositional grammar
compound
compound interval
compound meter
compression
con brio
con moto
con sordini
con sordino
concert bass drum
concert grand
concert pitch
concertante
concerted
concertino
concerto
concerto grosso
concinnity
conductor
conductus
consequent phrase
conservatoire
consonant
continuo
contra-octave
contrabasso
contrafactum
contralto
contrametric
contrapuntal
contrapuntist
contratenor
copula
cornettino
corno di bassetto
counter
counter-tenor
counterline
countermelody
counterpoint
countersubject
country music
country rock
countryish
coupler
courante
course
cover
cover artist
cover song
cover version
crab canon
cran
cresc
crescendo
crook
crossfader
crotchet
crotchet rest
cry the blues
curtal
cut time
cycle
D major
D minor
D-flat major
D-sharp minor
d.c. al coda
da capo
da capo al fine
dal segno
danciness
dangdut
darkcore
darkwave
DC
dead march
death metal
deathcore
deathpunk
decaplet
deceptive cadence
decrescendo
decuplet
delta blues
demicadence
demiflat
demiquaver
demisemiquaver
demisharp
demitone
descant
descarga
descrescendo
detune
development
Dheerasankarabharanam
Dhenuka
diaphony
diastematic
diatonic
diatonism
diddle
didgeridooer
diesis
diminished
diminished fifth
diminished fourth
diminished interval
diminished ninth
diminished octave
diminished second
diminished seventh
diminished seventh chord
diminished sixth
diminished third
diminished triad
diminuendo
diminution
dirgelike
discord
discordance
disjunctive
disposition
dissonance
dissonate
divertimento
divisi
division
division level
diviso
Dixieland
do
dodecaphonically
dodecaphonist
dodecaphony
doh
dolente
doloroso
dominant
dominant seventh
dominant seventh chord
doo
Dorian mode
double
double flat
double reed
double sharp
double time
double whole note
double-tonguing
doubletrack
down bow
downbeat
downslur
downtempo
drop
drum and bass
drum cadence
drummer
drummerless
dub
dubby
duet
dulciana
duodene
duplet
duranguense
durational pattern
dux
Dvořák
dyad
dynamic
dynamics
E flat major
E major
E minor
E-flat
E-flat major
e-flat major
E-flat minor
E♭ instrument
ECMA
ecomusicology
eight-bar blues
eighth note
eighth rest
electro-
electrophone
electropop
eleventh
embouchure
emocore
emotronic
English horn
engraving
enharmonic
enharmonically
ensemble
ensembling
envelope
EP
equal-interval chord
equisonance
escape tone
ET
ethnomusicology
etude
euouae
euphonon
eurythmic
exposition
extrametric
f
F clef
F instrument
F major
F minor
F-sharp major
F-sharp minor
fa
faburden
fackeltanz
fadista
fah
fallboard
fantasia
feedback
fermata
fi
fiddle
figural
figured bass
final
fine
fingerboard
fingerpick
fingerpicking
fingerstyle
fioritura
fioriture
fipple
first inversion
first violin
five-finger exercise
flageolet
flanger
flanging
flat
flatten
flautando
flipside
floaty
flourish
Flying V
folk
folklike
folktronica
foot-tapping
forces
forebeat
formalism
forte
forté
fortissimo
fortississimo
four-four time
fourth
Fr⁺⁶
French augmented sixth chord
Frenchcore
fret
fretboard
fretted
front man
fugal
fugato
fughetta
fugue
fuji
funeral march
funkabilly
funkadelic
funkcore
funky
furioso
fusion
fusioneer
G clef
G major
G minor
G-flat major
G-sharp minor
G-string
gabba
gabber
Galant
galliard
gamut
Ganamurti
Gayakapriya
gemshorn
generic interval
Ger⁺⁶
German augmented sixth chord
ghetto house
giocoso
gliss
glissando
glitch
glitchcore
gnossienne
go-go
Goa
gospeler
Gourimanohari
grace note
gradation
grand C
grand staff
grandioso
grazioso
great
great octave
grime
ground bass
group
grupetto
gruppetto
guisto
guitary
gusli
gustoso
half cadence
half rest
half-diminished seventh chord
halftone
hammer
handbell
Hanumatodi
happy hardcore
hardcore
hardstyle
Harikambhoji
harmolodics
harmonic minor scale
harmonist
harmonium
harmonizer
harmony
Hatakambari
hautboy
head
headshell
heavy metal
helicon
hemidemisemiquaver
hemiola
hemitone
hemitonic pentatonic scale
heptachord
heptatonic
heterophonic
heterophony
hexachord
hexachordal
hexatonic
high C
high note
highlife
hip-hop
hitmaker
hocket
hocketed
holophony
homophonic
homophonous
homophony
homorhythm
homorhythmic
homorhythmically
horrorcore
humbucker
hummable
humoresque
hunting horn
hyperbeat
hypermeasure
hyperrealism
idea
idiomatic
idyll
impressionism
impromptu
in altissimo
in rilievo
in time
in tune
incidental music
indietronica
industrial
infinite
infinito
inharmonicity
inharmonious
instrumental
instrumentalize
intelligent dance music
interlude
interpolation
interval
interval class
intervallic
intra-octaval
intrametric
intrata
introitus
invention
inversion
inverted
invitatory
Ionian mode
isography
isorhythm
It⁺⁶
Italian augmented sixth chord
jam
jam session
Japanoise
jazz
jazz band
jazzcore
jazzlike
jazzman
jazzwoman
jig
jug band
jump blues
junglist
Kanakangi
kantele
kapellmeister
Keeravani
key
key signature
keyboard
keynote
keytar
Kharaharapriya
kissar
kitchen
Kokilapriya
krautrock
kyrie
l'istesso tempo
la
labial
labium
lacrimoso
lah
lamentoso
languente
larghetto
largo
laya
lead
lead single
lead vocalist
lead vocals
leader
leading tone
leap
leg.
legato
legatura
leggero
leitmotif
lentando
lento
lesson
lick
lied
liedertafel
limma
lip-sync
Liszt
live album
lo-fi
loco
Locrian
Locrian mode
long
longa
loungecore
love song
low C
lutelike
Lydian
Lydian mode
lyrist
M2
M3
Madchester
madrigal
maestoso
maggiore
Magnificat
main droite
main gauche
major
major chord
major interval
major key
major ninth
major second
major seventh
major seventh chord
major sixth
major third
major triad
manager
Manavati
mandolin
mandoline
manele
mano destra
mano sinistra
manual
maqam
Mararanjani
marcatissimo
marcato
marchlike
marchy
martellato
Mass
mathcore
matra
Mayamalavagowla
mazurka
mbalax
meantone
mediant
medley
megamix
melakarta
melisma
melismatic
mellismatic
melodic minor scale
melodicism
melomania
membranophone
mensurable
mensural
mensuralism
mensuralist
metal
metalcore
meter
metric
metric level
metric structure
metronome
mezza voce
mezzo
mezzo forte
mezzo piano
mi
microtonal
microtonality
microtone
middle C
middle of the road
midset
midtempo
minim
minim rest
minimal
minimalism
minor
minor chord
minor interval
minor key
minor ninth
minor scale
minor second
minor seventh
minor seventh chord
minor sixth
minor triad
minuet
MIPI
mirliton
missa
mix
mixed-interval chord
mixmaster
Mixolydian mode
modal
modal scale
modality
mode
moderato
monody
monophonic
monophony
montuno
mordent
mordente
morendo
motif
motive
motivic
motivo
Motown
movement
multimovement
multiphonic
multiphonics
multiplatinum
multireedist
multitemporal
multitrack
multitracked
music hall
musica ficta
musical notation
musicology
mute
mysterioso
Naganandini
nagara
narcocorrido
Natabhairavi
Natakapriya
natural
natural grammar
natural minor scale
Neapolitan chord
neck
negro spiritual
neighbor tone
neofolk
neumatic
neume
neutral clef
neutral third
ninth chord
node
noisecore
non divisi
non-harmonic tone
noncountry
noncuple
nonet
nonjazz
nonmetrical
nonpiano
nontonic
noodly
note
note value
notturno
NT
nu metal
nu skool
number one
obb
obbligato
oblique motion
octatonic
octatonic scale
octaval
octavate
octavating
octavation
octave
octet
off-key
offbeat
onbeat
one drop
one-shot
oom-pah
opera
opera buffa
operetta
ophicleide
oratorio
orchestra
orchestrion
organum
orlo
ornament
orpharion
ostinato
ottava
overamped
overamplification
overdriven
overscored
overture
palmas
pandiatonic
pandura
panpipes
pantonal
paradiddle
paradiddle-diddle
parallel key
parlando
part
part song
partial
partita
partition
partiture
passacaglia
passagework
passing bell
passing tone
pastoral
pathopoeia
pathopoeic
pavane
pedal stool
pedaliter
pegbox
pentachord
pentatonic
pentatonic scale
pentuplet
percussion
percussion instrument
perfect
perfect fifth
perfect interval
perfect octave
perfect pitch
perfect unison
period
permutation
phaser
philharmonic
philharmonic orchestra
phrase
phrasing
Phrygian cadence
Phrygian mode
pianino
pianism
pianissimo
pianississimo
pianistics
piano
pianoforte
pianola
pianoless
picardy third
pick
picked-strings
pipe
pipework
piphat
piston
pit
pitch
pitch class
pitchless
pitchy
pizz.
pizzica
pizzicato
plagal
plagal cadence
plain-song
plainchant
plainsong
platinum
player
player piano
plectrum
pneuma
poco a poco
polychord
polymodality
polyphonic
polyphonist
polyphony
polyrhythm
polyrhythmic
polytonal
polytonality
pomposo
pop punk
popcraft
poppiness
poppy
popular music
pornocore
portamento
portative organ
portato
post horn
postindustrial
postlude
postpunk
postserial
potpourri
pre-hook
precipitato
preclassical
predisco
predominant
prelude
prestissimo
presto
prime
primo
principal
progger
program music
programmatic
programmist
prolongational reduction
proslambanomenos
prospect
pseudo-octave
psychobilly
PT
pulse
punkabilly
pyrophone
qin
quadruplet
quarter note
quarter rest
quartet
quaver
queercore
quill
quindicessima
quint
quintet
quintetto
quintole
quintolet
quintuplet
quodlibet
rabiz
ragga
rallentando
range
rank
ratamacue
Ratnangi
ray
recapitulation
rechart
recitative
recitativo
reduction
reed stop
reedist
register
registration
related
relationship
relative
relative key
relaxation
remaster
remastering
remise
remix
repercussion
reprise
resolution
resolve
retardation
retrograde
retrograde inversion
rhapsody
rhythm stick
rhythmic gesture
riffwise
riffy
ripienist
ripieno
ritardando
ritenuto
ritornello
riyaz
rock band
rock music
rock steady
rockish
rocksteady
romance
Romantic period
rondo
root position
rosalia
rota
rotta
roulade
roundel
roundelay
rubato
rudiment
run
Rupavati
sabbeka
saccade
sackbut
sakpata
salsero
sambuke
sampladelia
sampladelic
sample
sampler
sampling
samplist
Sarasangi
saturation
sax tuba
saz
scale
scale degree
scenester
scherzando
scherzo
schisma
schismatic
schubertiade
sciolto
score
scratch
scream
screamo
second
second fiddle
second inversion
secondo
sectional
secundal
secundo
segue
semibreve
semibreve rest
semichorus
semiclassic
semiclassical
semidemiquaver
semidemisemiquaver
semidiatessaron
semiditone
semihemidemisemiquaver
semiquaver
semitone
Senavati
senza sordini
senza sordino
septette
septimole
septolet
septuplet
seraphine
serenade
serenata
serial music
serialism
serialist
sesquialtera
sesquitone
session musician
sestet
sestetto
set
set list
set of pipes
set to music
seventeenth
seventh
seventh chord
sextet
sextole
sextolet
sextuple
sextuplet
sforzando
sfz.
shadjam
shake
sharp
sharp-and-a-half
sharped
sharping
sharps
shell
Shepard scale
Shepard tone
shock rock
shoegaze
shoop
shoulder
showband
shred
si
sideman
sight read
signature
signature tune
silent disco
simple meter
simple quadruple time
simultaneity
sinfonietta
sing up
singing
sirvente
sixteenth note
sixteenth rest
sixth
sixty-fourth note
skacore
skip
slap-back
slide
slide guitar
slow
slow march
slur
smorzando
snare
SO
so
soca
soft pedal
soh
sol
solfège
solfeggio
soli
solo
soloistic
sonata
sonata form
sonero
songcraft
songwriter
sostenuto
sotto voce
soukous
soul
sound
sound box
sound post
soundboard
soundbox
soundclash
soundhole
spiccato
spider
split
split single
splittercore
stabat mater
stability conditions
staccato
staffless
staveless
stem
step
sticker
stompbox
stompy
stop
stopped pipe
str
strain
stratification
Stratocaster
stretto
stride bass
stride piano
string band
string ensemble
string instrument
string orchestra
string quartet
stringed instrument
strophic
studio album
stylophone
sub-bass
subdominant
subito
subito accelerando
subject
submediant
suboctave
subsemitone
subsidiary
subtonic
suite
suitelike
superdominant
supergroup
superoctave
supersaw
supertonic
Suryakantam
suspension
sustain
sustained
swell
swing
swoop
symphonic
symphonic poem
symphony orchestra
syncopated
syncopation
synth rock
synthesizer
system
tabla
tacet
tact
tailpiece
tala
tampion
Tanarupi
tanbur
tanto
tapping
taqwacore
tasto
te
technomusic
technopop
techstep
telltale
temperament
tempered
tempo mark
tendency tone
tenor
tenor clef
tenorial
tenth
tenuto
ternary form
tertian
terzet
terzetto
tessitura
testudo
thematic
theme
thesis
third
third inversion
thirteenth
thirty-second note
thoroughbass
thrash
thrashcore
thrashy
throne
through-composed
thumb position
thumbstroke
ti
tie
tierce
Tierce de Picardie
time signature
tin whistle
tip
tipping
title track
toccata
tom
tonal
tonal center
tonality
tone
tone poem
tongue
tonguing
tonic
tonicization
tonicize
Top 40
toppy
torcher
torchy
tr
track
tracklist
tracklisting
transcribe
transformational rules
transition
transposition
tre corde
treble
treble C
treble clef
treble staff
tremolando
tremolo
tremulant
triad
triangle
tribute band
trichord
trill
trillo
trio
triole
triple
triplet
tripodian
Tristan chord
tritave
tritone
tromboon
trope
tsimbl
TT
tucket
tumbao
tuplet
turnaround
turntablism
turntablist
tutti
twelfth
twelve-bar blues
tympanic
tympano
una corda
una corda pedal
unaccompanied
underhold
underlay
underscore
undulation
unison
unisonal
unkeyed
unpitched
unplugged
unproduced
unremixed
up bow
upslur
uptempo
urlar
urtext
v.s.
VA
Vakulabharanam
value
vamp
Vanaspati
variation
Varunapriya
vibrato
vibratoless
vigoroso
villotta
viola
violin
violins
violist
virtuosic
vocable
vocalization
vocalize
vocals
voicing
volta
voluntary
votive
vox angelica
wah-wah
wah-wah pedal
waveshaper
waveshaping
wedding march
well-tempered
whammy bar
white label
white note
whole note
whole rest
whole step
whole tone
whole-tone scale
wind instrument
wobble
wolf
wood
wood block
woodwind instrument
woodwinds
worldbeat
wrest
wrest block
WS
xenharmonic
yoik
zarzuela
zufolo
zygonic