Conductor

The person who makes sure that everyone in the orchestra or choir is playing or singing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time. They stand in […]

Concerto grosso

A concerto written during the baroque for era for a group of instruments and the orchestra.

Concerto

A piece of music in which one or more solo instruments alternate with the larger orchestra, providing contrast and a the opportunity for virtuoso performance. A concerto can be written […]

Concertmaster

The principal violinist designated as the leader of an orchestra.

Concertina

An instrument with expanding bellows like an accordian, but with buttons, instead of keys, for playing the melody.

Concertante

A part of a piece of music written so that a person can show off how good they are at playing an instrument.

Concert

When any group of musicians plays in front of people.

Coloratura

Very fancy vocal music that is sung by a woman with a high voice .

Coda

Italian for “tail.” A passage added to the final section of a movement or piece of music to give a feeling of ending.

Clef

A sign put at the start of each line of a piece of music. The clef tells you what pitch the notes on the stave (staff) are in.