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Melody
Coherent succession of single pitches; the line in music, a concept shared by all cultures

Groves - defined as pitched sounds arranged in musical time in accordance with given cultural conventions and constraints, represents a universal human phenomenon traceable to prehistoric times
Frequency
Determines pitch, vibrations per second. Can be high or low.
Range
A characteristic of melody

Distance between melody's highest and lowest tone (pitch and duration)

Narrow
Medium
Wide
Shape
A characteristic of melody

Direction melody takes. Like line graph; can be ascending or decending, arch, or wave-like, or static.
Conjunct and disjunct movement
A characteristic of melody

The interval melody moves from pitch to pitch.

C - Small intervals, joined, connected manner.

D - Disjointed disconnected, spaced intervals.

Single melody can move between the two.
Phrase
Structure of melody

As in language, denotes a unit of meaning within a larger structure.
Cadence
Structure of melody

Resting place of phrase. Punctuates music like comma or period. Can sound like there is more to come or give the feeling of closure.

Where singer or musician pauses to draw a breath.
Rhyme scheme
Structure of melody

Describes the similarity in sound of the lat syllables in each line.
Countermelody
Structure of melody

Literally, "against a melody"

Music that features simultaneous melodies. Relative importance of one over the other is clear.