Following The Score

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these are hyphenated to match the notes above

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Piano Part

this is always found below the vocal line and is marked with a curvy bracket

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SATB

soprano, alto, tenor, bass

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Treble Clef

often female voices and unchanged voices sing notes written here

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Bass Clef

the left hand plays here on the piano

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The Musical Staff

the series of lines and spaces on which notes are organised

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Bar Lines

vertical lines that separate the music into measures

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Time Signature

indicates the groupings of beats for a song

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Measure

the section between bar lines. Usually numbered for easy reference.

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System

a set of staves connected with a line and/or bracket.

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Key Signature

this tells you what scale the song is based upon and, therefore, which note is "doh". The symbols are found after the clef and before the time signature.

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Tempo Markings

tells you the speed at which the song should be played. They are usually in Italian.

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Dynamics

indicates the degree of loudness

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Phrase Markings (Arc)

indicates a group of notes that should be sung connected without break; like a sentence

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Articulations

indicates how notes should be attacked

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Slur

play/sing connecting notes smoothly

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Accent

play/sing by hitting note strongly

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Staccato

play/sing note short and detached

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