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Signs and Symbols in Music

By June 23, 2006

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In music, signs and symbols are used to tell the musician how to play a certain music piece, such as how slow or fast and how soft or loud. These signs are indicated on the music sheet and it is very important to learn the specific symbols and their respective meaning in order to play a music piece properly. Check out this table for graphical music signs, words signifying tempo and dynamic signs.

Music Education In the News: A group of kids, aged 7 to 11 years old, have joined together to raise awareness about AIDS through music. The African Children's Choir is made up of kids who have lost a loved one either due to illness or poverty. Read more about this exceptional group of kids here.

This Day In Music History: 2004 - The University of St Andrews in Scotland bestowed on Bob Dylan an honorary degree in music.

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(6) danielle and jessica says:

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(7) bexx says:

i love your advice but not what im looking for :( oh ho :(

September 7, 2009 at 2:23 am
(8) rodney says:

nice advice but i need real musical notes like a g-clef

September 19, 2009 at 2:33 am
(9) yanners♥ says:

thanks for the symbols…!

September 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm
(10) sophie linford says:

well….. great advise but i need some picture notes like treble cleffs and that… :) gotta say ill keep that advise in mind ok! :’( u shood putt some on u kno. oh well………… cya lookin gurrd!! x bye x

September 24, 2009 at 12:34 pm
(11) sophie says:

need some notes like a g-cleff n that but oh well… put sum pics on cuz i searhed up music signs and images! lol ;) haha cya soon x good advise though….. :s

October 21, 2009 at 12:11 am
(12) Mark says:

what a4 means in music sheets?

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November 12, 2009 at 3:28 am
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do you all the musical notes i’m looking for?
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December 6, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(16) Dot says:

U need pics!

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(17) paola nicole says:

its our lesson now i am a grade 5 pupil of sfc

June 16, 2010 at 6:59 am
(18) virus says:

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(19) kagriene says:

thsi is just what i am looking for THANKS

August 24, 2011 at 10:46 am
(20) Thea Alysa says:

I’m looking for SIGNS and SYMBOLS not the meaning of it!!

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