Musical Dictionary: Tempo

11/09/2011 8:25 am ,

The Music Workshop Musical Dictionary


Simply:  Rate of speed of the piece of music

More:  Tempo is written at the beginning of a piece of music.

In modern music this is noted as bpm (beats per minute). In classical music there are terms such as Allegro, Allegretto, Andante, etc., originally written in italian, used to describe the different tempos of each section or movement of that piece.

The tempo is usually marked by a metronome (pictured here ) which does the job of marking your beats per minute.

The Music Workshop - Metronome for Tempo

By Paco from Badajoz, España (Flickr)

As you continue learning how to play the piano, it is important to get familiar with musical terms like tempo. To learn more terms, click the tag at the top of this post. Like any other language, when we learn music and take online piano lessons, our ultimate goal is to become fluent in this new language. Often times, this important aspect of music is overlooked and many do not become the best piano players they can be. Out goal here at the Music Workshop is to create not only great piano players, but also great musicians. That is why we take the time to learn all aspects of the musical language, not just the piano.