1. available adj., ready for use; willing to serve
a. In order to understand all the words to the opera, Sue Lin kept an Italian dictionary available at ail times.
b. I checked the list of available compact discs before ordering.
2. broad adj., covering a wide scope
a. Dominique had a broad knowledge of opera history.
b. The history of music covers a broad range of culture and ethnicity.
3. category n., a division in a system of classification; a general class of ideas
a. Jazz is one of many categories of music.
b. The works of Mozart are in a category by themselves.
4. disparate adj., fundamentally distinct or different
a. In the song, the disparate voices hauntingly join a blended chorus.
b. Religious songs cut across disparate categories of music.
5. divide v., to separate into parts
a. The music class was evenly divided between those who liked country and western music and those who do not.
b. The broad topic of music can be divided into manageable parts, such as themes, styles, or centuries.
6. favorite adj., preferred
a. Sam had long considered Mozart his favorite composer and had a wide collection of recordings of his works.
b. Hearing the jazz trio in such a large hall is not my favorite way to enjoy them.
7. instinct n., an inborn pattern that is a powerful motivation
a. The student's ability to play the cello was so natural, it seemed an instinct.
b. The music lover followed his instincts and collected only music that he enjoyed.
8. preference n., someone or something liked over another or others
a. His musical preferences were for contemporary popular music.
b. Ms. Lanet failed to indicate her seating preference when she ordered the opera tickets.
9. reason n., the basis or motive for an action; an underlying fact or cause
a. We'll never understand the reason why some music is popular and some is not.
b. There is every reason to believe that Beethoven will still be popular in the next century.
10. relaxation n., the act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; refreshment of body or mind
a. Listening to soothing music before bedtime provides good relaxation.
b. He played the piano for relaxation and pleasure.
11. taste n., the ability to discern what is excellent or appropriate
a. Ella had the taste required to select a musical program for the visiting dignitaries.
b. This music does not appeal to my tastes; but I'm old-fashioned.
12. urge v., to advocate earnestly; n., a natural desire
a. His mother urged him to study the piano; the rest is musical history.
b. I get the urge to play the guitar every time I pass a music store window