T
Tacet
Silent, do not play
Tempo
The rate of speed in a musical work
Tempo primo
Return to the original tempo
Tenor
Male higher voice range
Tenor clef
The C clef falling on the second line
Tenuto
Articulation marking: hold to full value
Ternary
A musical form consisting of three sections with the third being similar to the first, usually designated A B A
Theme and variations
A musical form consisting of a theme with a set of variations
Ti
The seventh or "leading" note in sol fa
Tie
A curved line connecting two or more notes of the same pitch. The first pitch is held for the duration of the notes affected by the tie
Time signature
Explains how many beats in a bar, and what they consist of
Tonic
The root note or key note of a scale
Tranquillo
Tranquil, calm
Transposition
The process of changing the key of some music
Treble clef
Another name for the G clef
Trés (Fre)
Very
Triad
A chord of three pitches arranged in thirds
Trill
A musical ornament performed by the rapid alternation of a given note with a major or minor second above
Triplet
A group of three notes of the same duration performed in the time of two
Trombone
Brass instrument whereby an air column is lengthened and shortened by a slide
Troppo
Too much e.g. "ma non troppo" not too much
Trumpet
High Brass instrument whereby an air column is lengthened and shortened by using piston valves to direct air flow through extra tubing
Tuba
Bass Brass instrument also using valves
Tutti
All. A direction for the entire ensemble to sing or play simultaneously