Music Words Vocabulary List and Definitions

Words Definitions
1. cello a large string instrument that is played with a bow while sitting down
2. drum a percussion instrument made from a hollow cylinder that is covered on one or both ends
3. forte to play music loudly
4. flute a reedless woodwind instrument that produces high pitches when air is blown across an opening
5. guitar a string instrument with a long neck that is played with a pick or fingers and usually has six strings
6. harp a string instrument that is played by plucking strings that that are stretched across an open area usually attached to an angled or curved frame
7. metronome an instrument that makes a ticking sound used to maintain the tempo of music
8. measure a certain number of musical beats grouped together
9. pitch the highness and lowness of sound
10. piano a keyboard instrument that produces sound by pressing keys causing hammers to strike strings
11. saxophone a woodwind instrument with one reed that is cone-shaped and has finger keys
12. tuba the largest brass instrument that produces low pitched sounds by vibrating lips into a mouthpiece
13. trumpet an instrument made of narrow brass tubing that is played using valves and has a flared bell at one end
14. tempo the speed at which a piece of music is played
15. violin the smallest and highest-pitched string instrument that has four strings, no frets, and is played with a bow

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