IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Music (Question-Answer)

Q. What types of music do you like to listen to? [Why?]
Q. At what times of day do you like to listen to music? [Why?]
Q. Did you learn to play a musical instrument when you were a child? [Why/Why not?]
Q. Do you think all children should learn to play a musical instrument? [Why/Why not?]

Q. What types of music do you like to listen to? [Why?]
Answer: We all have our own taste and preferences when it comes to listening or liking a particular type of music. As for me, I like “soft rock” or mellow music as opposed to the hard rock or intense ones. Soft rock is a subgenre of light, melodic, radio-friendly pop (some would say “rock”) music which employs clean and a highly polished piano and/or acoustic guitar, aided by some bouncy and harmonious bass guitar as well as the smooth and restrained use of electric guitar.

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I listen to soft rock mainly because of its “ambience” as it creates a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere around me on a subconscious level and thus allowing me to be anywhere I like. 

Q. At what times of day do you like to listen to music? [Why?]
Answer: I like to listen to my favourite soft rock at night before going to bed as its mellow and smooth sound, together with a slow rhythm, help me to get rid of the tiredness of a stressful day.

Q. Did you learn to play a musical instrument when you were a child? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: No, I didn’t learn to play any musical instrument when I was a child. I did, however, wanted to learn to play the guitar, but unfortunately, my parents were against it as it would, according to them, impact my studies negatively. 

Q. Do you think all children should learn to play a musical instrument? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I do really think all children should learn to play a musical instrument if they are interested in it. They should learn it because it requires good hand-eye coordination which is crucial to a child’s healthy development. Children also need to read the music and then convert that in their brain to the physical part of playing the instrument which helps them develop not only good coordination but also fast thinking. In fact, studies have shown that learning to play an instrument can make a difference in a child’s academic performance by helping him/her develop better listening skills.

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