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A cappella

Accelerando

Accent

Accompaniment

Accordion

Adagio

Air

Alla

Allegro

Alto

Andante

Arabesque

Aria

Arpeggio

Arrangement

Atonal

Bagatelle

Bagpipe

Ballad

ballet

Banjo

Bar

Barcarole

Baritone

Baroque

Bass

Bass Clef

Bass Drum

Bassoon

Baton

Beat

Binary Form

Bourrée

Bow

Brass

Cadence

Cadenza

Canon

Cantata

Canzone or canzona

Capriccio

Carillon

Celesta

Cello

Chaconne

Chamber Music

Chamber Orchestra

Chanson

Choir

Chorale

Chord

Chorus

Chromatic

Clarinet

Classical

Clavichord

Clef

Coda

Coloratura

Concert

Concertante

Concertina

Concertmaster

Concerto

Concerto

Concerto grosso

Conductor

Consonance

Consort

Continuo

Contrabassoon

Cornet

Counterpoint

Countertenor

Crescendo

Cycle

Cymbals

Da capo

Decrescendo

Diatonic

Diminuendo

Dissonance

Divertimento

Divertissement

Dolce

Double Bass

Downbeat

Drum

Duet

Dulcimer

Duo

Duple

Dynamics

Eighth Note/Rest

Encore

English horn

Ensemble

Etude

Fanfare

Fantasia

Fiddle

Finale

Flat

Flute

Flutist

Form

Forte

Fortepiano

Fortissimo

French Horn

Fugue

Galop

Gigue

Glass Harmonica

Glissando

Glockenspiel

Gong

Grave

Grazioso

Gregorian chant

Guitar

Half Note/Rest

Harmonica

Harmonium

Harmony

Harp

Harpsichord

Homophonic

Horn

Hornpipe

Hymn

Impressionism

Improvisation

Incidental Music

Instrument

Instrumentation

Interlude

Intermezzo

Interval

janissary music

Jazz

Jig

Kettle Drum

Key

Key Signature

Keyboard

Larghetto

Largo

Legato

Libretto

Lied

Lute

Lyre

Madrigal

Maestro

Major

Mandolin

March

Marimba

Mazurka

Measure

Melody

Meter

Metronome

Mezzo

Mezzo Soprano

Microphone

Middle C

Minor

Minstrel

minuet

Mode

monophony

Movement

Music

Musicology

Mute

Natural

Neoclassical

Nocturne

Nonet

Notation

Note

Oboe

Octave

Octet

Opera

Opera Bouffe

Opera Buffa

Opera Comique

Opera Seria

Operetta

Opus

Oratorio

Oratorio

Orchestra

Orchestration

Organ

overture

Part

Partita

Pastorale

Pentatonic

Percussion

Philharmonic

Phrase

Pianissimo

Piano

Piano Four Hands

Pianoforte

Piccolo

Pitch

Pizzicato

Polka

polonaise

Polyphony

Postlude

Prelude

Presto

Principal

Program Music

Quarter Note/Rest

Quartet

Quintet

ragtime

Rallentando

Recital

Recitative

Recorder

Reed

Refrain

Renaissance

Rest

rhapsody

Rhythm

Romanticism

Rondo

Round

Saxophone

Scale

Scherzo

Score

Septet

Serenade

Sextet

Sharp

Sinfonia

Snare Drum

Solo

Sonata

Song

Soprano

Spiritual

Staccato

Staff

String

Suite

Symphony

Syncopation

Tambourine

Tempo

Tenor

Ternary Form

Theme

Theremin

Timbre

Time

Timpani

Tone Poem

Transcription

Treble

Treble Clef

Tremolo

Triangle

Trill

Trio

Triple

Trombone

Troubadour

Trumpet

Tuba

Tuning Fork

Unison

Variations

Vibraphone

Vibrato

Viol

Viola

Violin

Virtuoso

Vivace

Waltz

Whole Note/Rest

Woodwind

Xylophone

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