IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 MUSIC: Below are the sample answers to the questions about music. Study how the answers are constructed and learn the topic vocabulary words and collocations used.


Talking about different types of music should never be complicated at all. Get ideas on this post and achieve band 9.0 in your IELTS Speaking exam.











What kinds of music do you listen to?



(Answer 1)


I’m a big fan of R&B, alternative rock, hip hop, and pop music.  And I’m fond of listening to the musicians in this generation like Billie Eilish, Khalid, Imagine Dragons, and Adele. Their music is simply the best!


(Answer 2)


Well, I only listen to one type of music and that is independent music, either indie rock or indie pop. I am supportive of indie artists as they are giving their best to showcase their raw talent in music without restrictions 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 because of the main goal which is to make a lot of money.


(Answer 3)


I can only stand listening to instrumental music, other than that I can’t. I love instrumental as it helps me put myself at ease, especially when I’m exhausted. Besides, listening to it is my way of meditating. 




(I’m a big) fan [noun] – an admirer; someone who really likes something or someone

Fond [adj.] – having great liking; enthusiastic about 

Independent music [noun] (also referred to as indie or indie music) – music that is produced independently from commercial records

Raw talent [expression] – natural talent or ability

Restriction [noun] – limitation; restricting condition

Record label [noun] (also called record company) – a brand or trademark associated with marketing music

Commercialized [adj.] – profit-orientated

Artistry [noun] – creativity

Compromise [verb] – accept standards that are lower than is desirable

Can’t stand [phrase] – used to say that someone dislikes someone or something very much

At ease [phrase] – calm; relaxed

Meditate [verb] – contemplate; think deeply




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker started answering by using a very good expression to express his interest in different music genres. Then, he transitioned to naming the music artists that he loved listening to for him to add something more to his answer.


ii.) ANSWER 2: Notice how the speaker started his answer, as the question was asking him to give plural and as he couldn’t give more types of music that he liked listening to, he composed his introduction by stating that he only had one type of music that he’s interested in listening. You need to apply that kind of technique if you can only give one when you’re supposed to give more than one. 

Also, he explained his reason very thoroughly as to why he loved listening to indie music and he used topic vocabulary words and collocations very well. Great answer!


iii.) ANSWER 3: The speaker used one good expression to introduce his answer in a more advanced and natural way, then, developed his answer by focusing on one particular type of music – talking about how that type of music helped him. This is very similar to ANSWER 2, in which the speaker only mentioned one although he was asked ‘plural’, don’t force yourself to give more when you cannot give more, instead use an expression that would help you express your answer better by stating that you’re only interested in one type of music. The most important thing is for you to explain your answer clearly. 



How much time do you spend listening to music every day?



(Answer 1)


Not very much, only when I commute to work in the morning and when I go back home in the evening. I always put on 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 my spirit. I cannot imagine my everyday life without music. 


(Answer 2)


It’s such a shame to say that I don’t have time to listen to music. I always burn the midnight oil, my schedule is terribly hectic, 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.





Commute [verb] – travel to and from work

Put on [phrasal verb] – to wear

Uplift [verb] – to inspire

I cannot imagine [expression] – used to say that it is hard to imagine something

Such a shame [expression] – means it is unfortunate

Burn the midnight oil [idiom/expression] – read or work late into the night

Hectic [adj.] – restless; full of incessant





i.) The speaker answered the question directly saying ‘not very much’, that’s a direct answer to the question asking ‘the frequency’. Then he talked about the occasions when he needed to listen to music. Also, to extend his answer a bit more, he talked about how listening to music had helped him get through the day. 


ii.) The speaker opened his answer by using a very natural expression to start his answer, and right after that, he immediately answered the question (He didn’t listen to.). Then, he simply gave his reason as to why he didn’t have time to listen to music. Notice, some very good expressions he used that made him sound very natural. Great answer, indeed!



When do you listen to music?



Well like I said earlier, I listen to music using my smartphone on my way to work and when I return home. This is already 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, my day wasn’t complete because I missed listening to music. 





Like I said earlier [expression] – used to say when you want to reiterate what you’ve said

On my way [phrase] – in the course of travel or commute

Feels forever [expression] – used to express that something is taking so much time





i.) The speaker started answering by using one particular expression (Like I said earlier) to reiterate his answer to the previous question. Use that kind of expression, whenever you have no choice but to say the same thing again. 

Also, in order for the speaker to extend his answer, he simply talked about listening to music as part of his daily routine and expressed his feeling whenever he couldn’t listen to music. As much as possible, you need to be more flexible when answering questions because some questions in IELTS Speaking Part 1 are very similar.



Have you ever been to a concert before?



(Answer 1)


Yes, I have, and that was the concert of Avril Lavigne. That was an incredible and unforgettable experience of mine. I screamed, sang my heart out, and cried for joy seeing her in person. I was only fourteen at that time and that was the peak of Avril Lavigne’s career. 



(Answer 2)


Sadly not even once, but if I have the chance in the future, I want to attend the concert of Coldplay. I want to see Chris Martin singing live. He has not toured in my country yet, if one day he decides to have a concert here, I will never miss the opportunity to see him. 





Incredible [adj.] – unbelievable 

Scream [verb] – give a long, loud, and piercing cry

Sing one’s heart out [expression] – to sing with enthusiasm

In person [phrase] – with the personal presence

The peak  of (one’s) career [expression] – the most important part; the time when someone is still very famous

Tour [verb as used in the answer] – travel around

Miss [verb] – fail to come





i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive answer to the question and talked about the time when he attended his favorite artist’s concert and talked about how he felt during that concert. Describing the situation or talking about his feelings helped him extend his answer a bit more. Great answer!


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a negative answer, then he transitioned to using the conditional tense that if he could have a chance to attend a concert he would love to see his favorite artist. 

The use of conditionals is very good as it helps you boost your score in the criterion, Grammar and Accuracy and at the same time helps you extend your answer a bit more. Use conditional tense every now and again.



Just in case you need more TOPIC VOCABULARY WORDS AND COLLOCATIONS about MUSIC, please check this one




Also, study how to answer the RECENT TOPIC IN IELTS SPEAKING PART 2 about A PERSON WHO OFTEN TRAVELS BY PLANE on this link



And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 1 Music, recent topic! Now that you have good ideas about the topic of music, develop your confidence and learn how to speak naturally. You can surely ace your exam!


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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