Grade 1 Theory Resources

  1. Practice Test
  2. Music Terms Wordsearch
  3. Italian words and musical terms to memorise
  4. Musical terms: Online Quiz
  5. General Online Tests. The tests in the left column are free.
accelerando / accel. gradually getting quicker
adagio slow
allegretto fairly quick (but not as quick as allegro)
allegro quick
andante at a medium (walking) speed
cantabile in a singing style
crescendo / cresc. / gradually getting louder
da capo / D.C. repeat from the beginning
dal segno / D.S. repeat from the sign
decrescendo / decresc. gradually getting quieter
diminuendo / dim. / gradually getting quieter
fine the end
/ forte loud
/ fortissimo very loud
legato smoothly
lento slow
mezzo half
/ mezzo forte moderately loud
/ mezzo piano moderately quiet
moderato moderately
/ piano quiet
/ pianissimo very quiet
poco a little
rallentando / rall. gradually getting slower
ritardando / rit. gradually getting slower
ritenuto / rit. held back
staccato / stacc. detached
tempo speed, time (a tempo: in time)
8va octave
 See this link for the musical symbols and other terms: http://www.molevalleymusic.co.uk/TheoryGrade1.htm

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.

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