- pitch and rhythm are the only aspects of music notation that are specifically relevant to music theory.
- they are also the most important aspects of music notation
- since we are covering some aspects of music notation, we might as well look at others.
- this section includes lessons covering some of the rest of what you should know about music notation.
- for lessons that deal with notation and terminology only, there may not always be worksheets
- more lessons may be added over time, leave suggestions in the comments!
Here is a list of some of the specific types of symbols and terms used in music notation:
- staves and systems: organization of music into lines
- multiple voices: independent rhythms on one staff
- dynamics: volume of the music (pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, etc.)
- tempo: speed of the music, measured in beats per minute (allegro, largo, etc.)
- repeats: indications that a particular section of music is to be repeated (repeat barlines, voltas, D.S., measure repeats, etc.)
- articulation, technique, and expression: details of how notes are physically played or sung (staccato, legato, up bow, with mute, etc.)
- ornaments: notes played outside the usual notation of duration (trills, grace notes, tremolo, arpeggios, glissandi, etc.)