Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster – Musical Terms in Everyday Life

By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Music exists each day in our lives. Not just because of the music we hear, but because it has influenced many things, such as the English language. Let’s look at how musical terms are used in different ways in our speech, even when not talking about music.

Crescendo – (n.) a gradual increase in volume of a musical passage, climax

The noise in the hall rose to a crescendo when the celebrity arrived.

Forte – (n.) strongest part

Cooking was not her forte.

Waltz – (n.) music for a ballroom dance in 3⁄4 time with strong accent on the first beat and a basic pattern of step-step-close

He waltzed into the room without a care in the world.

Accent – (v.) Changing the volume or length of a note as compared to the others in an attempt to give more prominence to that note

He decided to accent the word to let his parents know that he was serious.

Cadence – (n.) sequence or flow of chords usually improvised marking the end of a phrase.

The cadence of the army marching alerted the town that the battle was over.

Chord – (n.) refers to three to four notes which are played together (simultaneously)

The comments of the host struck a sour chord with the audience.

Presto – (interjection or adverb) fast or quick

He put together the ingredients and “PRESTO!”, the dish was complete.

Symphony – (n.) refers to a combination of three or four orchestral pieces

As he ate the dish, a symphony of flavors erupted in his mouth.

Tempo – (n.) means the time and defines the overall speed of a piece of music

He knew he’d have to pick up the tempo of the race in order to finish in first place.