Wikipedia:WikiProject Music terminology

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Welcome, there are a lot of different schools of thought about how to speak about music, see: music theory, musical analysis, musicology, chord symbols, and terminology. Through the course of putting together the Wikipedia, it has become apparent to several contributors that quite often we do not mean the same things when we say the same words, or even worse, we will use different words for (and create different articles about) the same things.

This page has been created, therefore, as a way to standardize the terminology used in the Wikipedia with reference to music. It is understood that this is not an attempt to in any way elevate one usage or system over another, but rather to simply establish a set of standards for talking about these things so that we all know what we mean when we say a certain word, and so that all articles will use a consistent form of symbolic analysis. Hopefully, in time, this page will accumulate a glossary of terms which can serve as a standard for the authorship of articles relating to music and particularly music theory.


It is time to get this project out of the mud! We welcome any participants to come join the newly revived music terminology project! The first step is to get some more modern templates going and revamping the home page. Then from there I will spend time working on recruiting more members. Best of luck!

Xavier (talk) 14:23, 4 November 2015 (UTC)


New shortcuts

New shortcuts for the project have been created! WP:MUTERMS, WT:MUTERMS You can also find these shortcuts at the top of the project page in the WikiProject banner. --Xavier (talk) 02:47, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

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If you want to contribute to this project just simply add yourself to the members page and you will be automatically listed below.

This project is still active as of November 4th, 2015. We are an important part of our parent project and we need your help! This project will be very active from now on!

The following are members of Wikipedia:WikiProject Music terminology.

Adding {{User WikiProject Music terminology}} to your user page will insert the userbox below, and will automatically list you in Category:WikiProject Music terminology members.

  1. StudiesWorld (talk) 00:29, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  2. Xavier enc I am going to overhaul this project! --Xavier (talk) 11:20, 4 November 2015 (UTC)

Former and inactive participants

These members have been messaged November 4th, 2015, to see if they would like to return to the project.


This userbox adds you to the category Category:WikiProject Music terminology members.


{{User WikiProject Music terminology}}


The guidelines page of our project is used to define the basic principles of the terms used in music. We welcome you to also participate in expanding this page to include a broader spectrum of categories.

Please remember, this page is for the use of the project in determining a set of rules on how to edit Wikipedia articles so please, keep this page restricted to these intentions as there is already a large amount of material on the subjects themselves in their respective articles which can be researched starting with music theory. Also while there is already an article on Manual of Style (music) we found it useful to include guidelines on the terminology of music specifically.

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