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Ties

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Symbols indicating that two notes are to be played as one with the value equal to their sum.

Whole Rests

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Silence that equals the length of four beats or an entire measure in 4/4 or 3/4.

Staccato

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Playing notes short and light (not held for their full value).

Simple Key Signature

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A key signature that contains only one sharp or flat: G Major, E minor, F Major or D minor.

Simple Time Signature

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A time signature where the fundamental beat can be subdivided into groupings of two.

Parallel Motion

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When the contour, distance and speed of the notes in one hand matches that of the other hand as they play simultaneously.

Quarter Rests

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Silence that equals the length of one quarter note.

Mezzo Piano

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Notes played moderately soft, a volume slightly louder than piano.

Legato

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Notes played smoothly and seamlessly, held for their full value or slightly overlapped.

Mezzo Forte

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Notes played moderately loud, with a volume between piano and forte.

Elementary Single Note Accompaniment

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A type of texture where one hand plays a melodic line and the other plays a simple accompaniment using only one note at a time, usually within a single five finger scale and with slow-moving basic rhythms.

Grand Staff Notation

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Written musical notation using two standard five-line staves that are combined together with a brace, which usually indicates right hand and left hand.

Imitation

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When one hand plays a series of notes that are mimicked or repeated in the other hand, usually an octave above or below.

Crescendo and Diminuendo

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When the music is to played gradually louder (crescendo) or gradually softer (diminuendo).

Accents

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Notes played with a stronger attack than normal.

Accidentals

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Sharps, flats and naturals that do not appear in a key signature.

Masterwork Classics Levels 1-2

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A compilation in the Masterwork Classics series published by Alfred Music and edited by Jane Magrath. It contains 29 works from the standard classical repertoire that span the Early Elementary through Early Intermediate difficulty levels.

Level 2

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In Level 2, pianists learn to read on the grand staff and begin playing more complicated works that may require both hands to play at the same time.