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Glossary of Vocabulary for the Primary Music Student

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In music, a song that tells a story.
ballad
A line of single tones that move upward, downward, or repeat. The tune.
melody
A rhythm pattern or melody pattern that repeats.
ostinato
Two or more different tones sounding at the same time.
harmony
A group of three or more different tones played or sung at the same time.
chord
A melody that is played or sung at the same time as a another melody.
countermelody
Music that supports the featured performers.
accompaniment
A person who makes up pieces of music by putting sounds together in his or her own way. One who writes music.
composer
Symbols for sound in music.
notes
To make up music as it is being performed.
improvise
In a song, music that is played before the singing begins.
introduction
A follow-the-leader process in which all sing the same melody but start at different times.
round
A group of long and short sounds
rhythm pattern
The overall plan of a piece of music.
form
The part of a song that repeats, using the same melody and words.
refrain
Symbols for silence in music.
rests
The speed of the beat in music.
tempo
A move from one tone to another without skipping a tone in between.
step
A move from one tone to another that skips over the tones in between.
leap
Two or more different songs that can be sung at the same time.
partner songs

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