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What's the Symbol
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Musicians use many different written symbols to talk to each other about how and what to play. The most basic are the notes and the staff. If you think of the notes as the nouns and the verbs, then other symbols are the adjectives and adverbs.

Some symbols are related to volume (called dynamics). They say how loud or soft to play the notes. Others tell you that notes should be played in a special way. Different symbols affect many notes, an entire song, or a single note. Symbols are often known by their Italian names.

In this activity, you'll get to hear and see how different symbols change music.