Musical Terms

The majority of musical terms are in Italian, but there are also many in both German and French.

The pages in this part of the Music Theory Resources website list many of the common musical terms, together with their abbreviations, english meaning and a few suggestions on usage.

Pronunciation is always a difficulty, and we have included some audio files to assist in this area. Some musical terms have a small speaker icon next to them. Just click on this and you will hear the word. At the moment, this only works with Internet Explorer.