Arts, Grades 6-8 – 85 Words

a cappella

without musical accompaniment

aesthetics

the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste

agility

the gracefulness of a quick and nimble person or animal

angle

the space between two lines or planes that intersect

archetype

something that serves as a model

articulation

the manner in which things come together and are connected

atmosphere

the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

avocation

an auxiliary activity

ballet

a theatrical performance of a story by trained dancers

barbershop quartet

an unaccompanied quartet of (usually male) voices singing sentimental songs in four-part harmony

bass clef

a clef that puts the F below middle C on the fourth line of a staff

blues

a state of depression

canon

a collection of books accepted as holy scripture

characterization

the act of describing essential features

chorus

actors who comment on the action in a classical Greek play

classical

of the most highly developed stage of an early civilization

coda

the closing section of a musical composition

collapse

break down, literally or metaphorically

composition

the way in which someone or something is put together

coordination

regulation of diverse elements into a harmonious operation

crescendo

a gradual increase in loudness

dab

a light touch or stroke

definition

a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase

diagonal

having an oblique or slanted direction

direction

a line leading to a place or point

directionality

the property of being directional or maintaining a direction

director

someone who controls resources and expenditures

dramatization

a representation intended for performance

elevation

distance of something above a reference point

empathy

understanding and entering into another’s feelings

ensemble

an assemblage of parts considered as forming a whole

expression

the communication of your beliefs or opinions

float

be on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

glide

move smoothly and effortlessly

hymn

a song of praise, especially a religious song

interval

the distance between things

intonation

the act of singing in a monotonous tone

jazz

genre of American music that developed in the 20th century

jingle

a metallic sound

locale

the scene of any event or action

madrigal

an unaccompanied partsong for several voices

melodic line

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

melodic phrase

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

meter

a basic unit of length (approximately 1.094 yards)

narrative

an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

oboe

a slender double-reed instrument

opera

a drama set to music

pantomime

a performance using gestures and movements without words

performing arts

arts or skills that require public performance

phrasing

the manner in which something is expressed in words

pitch

the high or low quality of a sound

playwright

someone who writes plays

pop

make a sharp explosive noise

presentation

the activity of formally giving something, as a prize

presto

at a very fast tempo (faster than allegro)

publicity

a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea

punch

deliver a quick blow to

quartet

a musical composition for four performers

range

a variety of different things or activities

recovery

return to an original state

refrain

resist doing something

release

grant freedom to; free from confinement

reordering

a rearrangement in a different order

repertoire

the range of skills in a particular field or occupation

restructure

form anew

round

having a circular shape

scene

the place where some action occurs

script

something written by hand

sonata

a musical composition of movements of contrasting forms

square dance

American country dancing in which couples form squares

staging

a system of scaffolds

suite

the group following and attending to some important person

suspense

an uncertain cognitive state

sustain

lengthen or extend in duration or space

sympathy

sharing the feelings of others, especially sorrow or anguish

syncopation

a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat

tension

the action of stretching something tight

texture

the feel of a surface or a fabric

timbre

the distinctive property of a complex sound

tonality

any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

transition

the act of passing from one state or place to the next

trickster

someone who plays practical jokes on others

trio

a set of three similar things considered as a unit

variation

the process of being or becoming different

wind instrument

a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
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