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1. A tight membrane stretched across the end of a drum that is struck by a stick or mallet to create sounds. Up until the middle of the 20th century, drum heads were made out of animal skin. Today, a plastic material is used.
2. The end of sticks used to strike drums. This also refers to mallets with various materials covering the end that strikes the percussion instrument.
3. The round part of a note symbol as distinguished from the stem or any other part of the note. It can also be called a notehead.
4. A slang expression in jazz that refers to the beginning of a composition. For example, if you performcomposition from the head, the performers know to start at the beginning. This is also known as the edge of the composition or at the top.
5. A slang expression, primarily in jazz, that refers to the main melody of a popular song. The term head is typically used in the song form where the head is performed and repeated, followed by a bridge section, and ending with the return of the head. This is a common form (A-A-B-A).
6. A term sometimes used in the Spanish musical form of villancico, referring to the refrain.


Last Updated: 2016-06-01 16:01:51