IELTS Speaking Vocabulary – Music

On this page we’ve gathered useful IELTS speaking vocabulary for Music topic. It can be used to answer various questions about music on IELTS Speaking test and will help you achieve a high IELTS score.


  • music genre: a distinct type of music. Famous music genres include.

    He amassed important examples that hint at diverse tastes for classic genres.

  • classical music: music that is thought to be a part of a long, formal tradition.

    I like pop music but play classical music on the piano and clarinet.

  • pop music: a genre of popular music.

    One of the most famous pop-singers in the history are Michael Jackson and Madonna.

  • rock music: music that is based around amplified instruments, especially the electric guitar and electric bass, and is characterized by driving rhythms.

    My favorite music genre is rock. I adore such rock bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beatles.

  • catchy tune: a tune or a song that’s easy to remember and that you enjoy singing.

    I heard a catchy song the other day and now it’s stuck in my head.

  • elevator music: music that is played in places like supermarket or family restaurant. Almost always is very repetitive and annoying.

    Yesterday I heard a very annoying elevator music in the local supermarket.

  • live music: music performance in front of an audience.

    I prefer listening to a live music than to a recording. It’s much more emotional and energetic.

  • music to one’s ears: something (often information) very pleasant and enjoyable to someone.

    When my teacher told me that I got the highest mark in the class for the assignment, it was like music to my ears.

  • opera: a kind of performance in which actors sing during their play with music performed by an orchestra.

    I often listen to classical music and go to opera.

  • ringtone: sound that a cell phone makes when someone is calling.

    I set my favorite song as a ringtone on my cell phone.

  • rock band: musicians that play rock music.

    Last week I was on my favorite rock band’s concert.

  • tone deaf: not able to discern the notes properly.

    Although I’m tone deaf, I’d like to learn to sing properly in the future.

  • tuneful: pleasant and melodious music or sound.

    I heard a tuneful choir of birds yesterday morning.

Useful idioms

  • to face the music: to have to accept the unpleasant consequences of your actions.

    If you commit a crime, eventually, you’ll have to face the music.

  • to ring a bell: to sound familiar.

    I think I heard this song somewhere. It definitely rings a bell.

  • to sound like a broken record: to repeat yourself again and again.

    Little children often sound like a broken record and it annoys most people.

  • to strike (hit) a false note: to do something wrong.

    I realized that I hit a false note on the exam when I received a 0 mark afterwards.

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