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HISTORY OF JAZZ:
Mass: The principal service of the Roman Catholic Church. The part that does not vary is called the Ordinary, or Common, of the Mass, and consists of the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus with Benedictus, and the Agnus Dei.
Measure: A bar of music.
Melisma: A melodic ornamentation; one syllable sung on more than one tone of a song.
Melody: A succession of single tones varying in pitch and rhythm and having a recognizable musical shape.
Meter: The division of beats into accented and unaccented groupings of two, three, or more. Middle Register: The middle part of the complete range of the voice or instrument.
Mixolydian: The arrangement of tones resulting from starting on the fifth degree of a major scale and proceeding upward or downward diatonically you have reached the next fifth of that particular major scale, a major mode, starting on the fifth degree of any diatonic major scale.
Modal: Music in which the melody and/or harmony is based on an arrangement of modes. In jazz, the term can mean music based on the extensive repetition of one or two chords, or music based on modes instead of chord progressions.
Mode: The manner of organizing a sequence of tones, usually an ascending sequence of an octave. The arrangement of whole steps and half steps common to scales. Monophonic: A single melody with neither an accompanying melody nor harmony.
Mordent: A rapid movement form one tone to an upper or lower scale tone and back again to the principal tone.
Mute: An attachment which reduces an instrument's loudness and alters its tone color.
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