IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Music: Study the sample answers created by a BAND 9.0 achiever to the following topic questions so you can achieve a band 7.0+.
Talking about music in your IELTS speaking exam is a walk in the park. When you know some words related to music, you will surely be able to communicate your thoughts very easily. Learn how to talk about music in your IELTS speaking exam by getting ideas in this post.
Observe how the speaker responds to every question asked so that you will also be able to compose your own answers the way the speaker did. You must make sure that you answer the questions in a conversational and natural way. By doing so, you will surely be able to achieve a band 7.0 or even more!
Do you like listening to music at work?
I would love to do that but that’s not possible at all. We aren’t allowed to listen to music while working as we might not be able to focus on doing our tasks. Well, that’s a company’s rule that we have to abide by (obey).
Yes, I work as an office staff so it’s great that we’re allowed to listen to music while working. Without it, I think my job will be more tedious (boring and tiring) and I don’t think I’ll be able to work more enthusiastically.
Do people prefer to buy CDs or download music online?
In the past, I bought CDs of my favorite artists since that was the way we could access music aside from listening to the radio. However, these days, I don’t do it anymore as I have Spotify Premium which allows me to listen to any songs from different artists without any ad interruptions.
I used to download music online and buy CDs until Spotify revolutionized (transformed) the way people access music. Well, I don’t buy any songs these days as I can easily stream (to listen) on Spotify.
Do you often listen to music?
Of course! There’s no day that I don’t spend time listening to music. Music is always a part of my everyday life as it helps me kill time (to do something that keeps you busy while waiting for something else to happen), especially when I’m commuting. So, I always have my earphones with me whenever I go out so I can listen to music.
Yes, I do! I think everybody loves listening to music often as it is therapeutic (healing). Listening to music calms a person down or takes away a person’s anxiety to some extent (partly but not completely). Personally, I love listening to music always and I can’t imagine my life without listening to music.
What kinds of music do you listen to?
I’m into (to be very interested) listening to indie music because it’s not commercialized. I mean, it’s not mainstream (conventional, normal) and indie artists can fully express their creativity in music. That kind of music is where I can see talent in songwriting, music production, and singing. It’s completely opposite to pop music wherein artists need to adhere to (to continue to obey, and believe in) what their labels are asking from them for the sole (only) purpose of making money.
Well, I listen to all types of music because as I said music is therapeutic. Oh, my bad (I’m sorry), except for heavy metal. I just can’t bear that kind of music. With all due respect (used for showing that you’re about to criticize someone or something in a polite way), heavy metal artists are talented, however, their music isn’t my cup of tea (not interested), at all.
I’m a big fan (an admirer; someone who really likes something or someone) of R&B, alternative rock, hip-hop, and pop music. And I’m fond (having great liking; enthusiastic about ) of listening to the musicians in this generation like Billie Eilish, Khalid, Imagine Dragons, and Adele. Their music is simply the best!
Well, I only listen to one type of music and that is independent music (music that is produced independently from commercial records), either indie rock or indie pop. I am supportive of indie artists as they are giving their best to showcase their raw talent (natural talent or ability) in music without restrictions (limitations) from record labels. As a result, they produce meaningful songs unlike some other pop artists’ music that is too commercialized – the artistry has been compromised (to accept standards that are lower than is desirable) because of the main goal which is to make a lot of money.
When did you start listening to that type of music?
I was a college student when I started listening to indie music. I stumbled across (to find or learn about unexpectedly) an indie band called Of Monsters and Men. They’re an Icelandic indie folk band. I fell in love with their music the first time I listened to one of their indie folk songs. Since then, I started searching for different indie artists because I believe they’re unique and they’re able to express their creativity in songwriting without pleasing the mainstream audience.
I started listening to all types of music genres when I discovered Youtube and Spotify. As you know, listening to music on these platforms gives us the freedom to choose the music genre that we like. This generation is incredibly amazing because we all can enjoy listening to any type of music. Thanks to the internet and the people behind YouTube and Spotify.
Which singer or musician would you like to see in person?
Wow, there are a lot of them, but if I could only pick one, I think it’d be Aurora. She’s a Norwegian singer with an angelic voice whom Billie Eilish got inspiration from when she’s not mainstream (famous) yet. I believe Aurora’s music is incomparable and she has a poetic sense that adds beauty to her music.
I’m torn between (unable to decide) Celine Dion and Rick Astley. I grew up listening to their music because my parents are big fans of their music. Their music is part of my childhood and it’s funny that I have a particular childhood memory of each of their songs. So, I would love to see them in person because they’re the music of my childhood.
How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
Not very much, only when I commute ( travel to and from work) to work in the morning and when I go back home in the evening. I always put on (to wear) my earphones to listen to my favorite music artists when I’m on the train as it helps me relax my mind and at the same time uplift (to inspire) my spirit. I cannot imagine (used to say that it is hard to imagine something) my everyday life without music.
It’s such a shame (means it is unfortunate) to say that I don’t have time to listen to music. I always burn the midnight oil (read or work late into the night) – my schedule is terribly hectic (restless; full of incessant), especially these days when I have so many important things to do in my business. Seriously, I’m not updated on the current musicians in this generation.
When do you listen to music?
Well, as I said earlier, I listen to music using my smartphone on my way to work and when I return home. This is already a part of my daily routine. Actually, there was a time that I left my phone at home which I only noticed when I was already on the train, I couldn’t listen to music and it felt like the traveling time to work was forever (feels forever – used to express that something is taking so much time), my day wasn’t complete because I missed listening to music.
Have you ever been to a concert before?
Yes, I have, and that was the concert of Avril Lavigne. That was an incredible (unbelievable) and unforgettable experience of mine. I screamed, sang my heart out (to sing with enthusiasm), and cried for joy seeing her in person. I was only fourteen at that time and that was the peak ( the most important part; the time when someone is still very famous) of Avril Lavigne’s career.
Sadly not even once, but if I have the chance in the future, I want to attend a concert of Coldplay. I want to see Chris Martin singing live. He has not toured my country yet, but if one day he decides to have a concert here, I will never miss (fail to come) the opportunity to see him.
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