GE|Adults|Upper-Int|2. What’s your soundtrack?
Answer the questions
1. Do you play any musical instruments?
2. Do you like any particular musical instruments?
Listen and say what instruments you can hear
Match the words with the pictures
What do you call the musicians who play each of the instruments above? Match the musicians with the instruments.
Match the words and definitions
Match the sentences
Complete the sentences with the correct music idiom
Listen and say what you can hear, e.g. a choir singing
Read the sentences and suggest your answers
- a song with a catchy chorus
- a singer with a monotonous voice
- a classical composer
- a kind of music which has a very strong beat
- a song or piece of music you find very moving
- a famous singer-songwriter
- the lead singer of a well-known band
- a world-famous tenor
- a song which has incomprehensible lyrics
Use the rules to put the words in the right column. Listen and repeat
The letters ch
- are usually pronounced [tʃ], e.g. church
- are sometimes pronounced [k], especially in words of Greek origin, e.g. chemistry, Christmas
- are very occasionally pronounced [ʃ], especially in words of French origin, e.g. chauffeur, chef
Use the rules to put the words in the right column. Listen and repeat
The letter у
- in the middle of a word…
- is usually pronounced [ɪ] when it is between consonants, e.g. symptoms, physics
- is pronounced [aɪ] when у is followed by a consonant + e, e.g. byte, or in the prefix psych-, e.g. psychoanalyst
- at the end of a word…
- is pronounced [aɪ] in words ending -ify, e.g. terrify, and words where the stress is on the last syllable, e.g. deny, and in one-syllable words, e.g. fly
- is pronounced [i], (a sound between [ɪ] and [ɪ:]) in all other words ending in y, e.g. melody, windy, etc.
Get it right the
Don’t usethe when you are talking in general about kinds of music,
e.g. I love classical music not the classical music.
Usethe when you are talking about instruments, e.g. I play the violin, the guitar, etc.
Answer the questions
What kind of music do you like?
1. Do you have a favourite… ?
b) solo artist
c) song (or album track)
e) piece of music (symphony, sonata, etc.)
2. Do you play a musical instrument?
Have you had lessons?
Can you read music?
Have you ever played in a band / orchestra?
Have you ever tried to learn to play an instrument?
Is there an instrument you would like to learn to play?
3. What do you think of… ?
a) alternative music
b) classical music
c) country music
d) dance music
e) folk music
g) gangsta rap
h) hip hop
k) heavy metal
l) pop music
m) rock music
n) soul music
4. Have you ever… ?
a) sung in a choir
b) been in a talent contest
c) performed in front of a lot of people
5. What’s the best live concert you’ve ever been to?
Read and listen to the introduction to the article. Do you agree with the psychologists?
What’s your soundtrack?
Your taste in music can reveal a lot about you…
The question ‘What kind of music do you like?’ is very revealing. It is the number one topic of conversation among young adults who are getting to know each other, according to psychologists from the universities of Cambridge and Texas. Their research has shown that knowing another person’s musical tastes can provide remarkably accurate personality predictions. For most people, music is a very important part of their lives and psychologists believe that their preferences reveal information about their character and their lifestyle. They think that personality clues are conveyed in the music’s tempo, rhythm, and lyrics.
Read and listen to the article
A) Upbeat and simple music — Fans of «Top 40» pop, country, and soundtrack music tend to be more conventional and conservative compared with fans of other genres; family and discipline are important life values. They are also typically cheerful, outgoing, and sociable kinds of people who enjoy helping people. In their free time they often enjoy doing or watching sport. They also enjoy watching major Hollywood films, especially comedies. According to the psychologists, «People who like country and pop try to avoid making their lives unnecessarily complex.»
B) Energetic and rhythmic music – Hip hop, funk, rap, soul, dance, and electronic music attracts people who are talkative, extrovert, and romantic and who tend to express their thoughts impulsively. They are the kind of people who love going to parties and for whom friendship and social recognition is very important. They tend to see themselves as physically attractive. When they go to the cinema, they typically enjoy watching action films, science fiction, gangster films, or comedies.
C) Complex and reflective music – Fans of classical, jazz, and other «complex» music typically have above-average intelligence. They tend to be creative and open to new experiences and be lovers of classic or foreign films. Regarding lifestyle, fans of this kind of music tend to be politically liberal, are usually quite sophisticated, and often don’t like sport. However, compared with other music fans, opera lovers are three times more likely to commit suicide, psychologists say. But don’t blame Madame Butterfly – people with dramatic personalities, whose moods go up and down a lot, are attracted to opera, not influenced by it.
D) Intense and rebellious music – Fans of alternative, heavy metal, rock music, and gangsta rap tend to be people who enjoy taking risks and having thrilling experiences. They are usually physically active. They are typically independent, curious about the world, and rebellious They’re the kind of people who are likely to enjoy watching action films, fantasy, war, and horror movies. Parents often worry that this kind of music promotes aggressive behaviour in teenagers, but research has found no direct link. In fact, younger fans of gangsta rap or heavy metal are often quieter and shyer than other young people.
Choose the correct category
Click on the word with a different sound
Write the words. They all have letter ‘y’
Write the correct words in the gaps (without article)
Complete the sentences with words from the list
Complete the sentences with the verbs in the gerund or the infinitive with to
Listen to three people talking about music which has made an impression on them. Which speaker(s)…
Listen again with the tapescript and try to guess the meaning of any words that you don’t know. Then look them up in your dictionary
I’ll never forget the first time I saw a band play live. I was at Leeds University at the time and The Who actually came to play at the university. The atmosphere was electric and the hall was absolutely packed. I was standing right at the front, not far away from Pete Townshend, the guitarist. They played some great tracks and the crowd went wild during My Generation. It was amazing. I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want it to end.
I think the best group of all time was Nirvana, though they weren’t around for very long. I mean they were huge in the early nineties, but then they broke up in 1994 when the lead singer Kurt Cobain died. But even though they weren’t together for long their music is still very popular today. I read an article in the papers the other day which said their single Smells like Teen Spirit is considered by music critics to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time, and people still vote for it as their favourite single. And I think people will always remember Nirvana because they really started the «grunge» movement, and that had a huge effect on rock music all over the world.
Whenever I hear the theme tune to the film Titanic — My Heart Will Go On — sung by Celine Dion, it always puts me in a really bad mood. When I was at school we were planning a Christmas concert for our parents, and I’d just learned to play the tune on the flute. Anyway, I volunteered to play it in the concert but unfortunately I got incredibly nervous when I went out on stage in front of all the parents, and I played it really, really badly. Now, every time I hear that song, I just remember how embarrassed I felt.
Read the article quickly and mark the sentences as True or False. Look at the highlighted words and phrases. Use your dictionary to look up their meaning and pronunciation.
The hidden dangers of rock music
Twenty-two years ago as I left the house to go to see Motorhead — known at the time as «the loudest band in the world» — my mother’s words followed me out of the door: «You’ll ruin your hearing one day!» At the time, I rolled my eyes dramatically, and proceeded to assault my ears with 140 decibels of noise, which I now know is ten decibels above the sound of a jet plane taking off. That night, I left the venue with my ears ringing and it took more than a week for the ringing to diminish. But after that, I thought no more of it.
That is, until I was in my mid-20s. I was working in a busy store with background noise from shoppers and music, and I started finding it difficult to hear what customers were saying. At home, my husband began to notice that I was either mishearing or not hearing things at all. On one occasion when we were at a noisy party I had no idea what someone was saying to me, but I was nodding and smiling as if I understood. Afterwards, my husband informed me that the person had been telling me that her dog had just died. Needless to say, I was extremely embarrassed. The result of this episode was that I went to see my GP to have my hearing checked.
The news was not good. I had hearing loss of 50 per cent. It affected the top range of my hearing, which meant that any high-pitched noises, speech, phones, and day-to-day sounds were gone. I also had tinnitus, which was causing an infuriating ringing in my ears. The doctors explained that years of listening to loud music had caused the tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear to become irreversibly flattened — meaning I would never hear properly again. And unless I protected my ears, my hearing would deteriorate even more.
So it turns out that my mother was right and I have, indeed, ruined my hearing. Today, I wear a pair of hearing aids that are quite discreet but still definitely very uncool. But according to the World Health Organization, I am not alone. They say that around four million Britons risk serious damage to their ears by exposure to loud music. Hours spent listening to music on MP3 players and at concerts are to blame.
There are so many things that can be done to protect our hearing and it is often a case of «it’ll never happen to me» or thinking that «only old people go deaf». However, in our modern life, where most people spend half their time plugged into a music device, it is very likely that it may, indeed, happen to you.
Read the article again and mark the sentences as True or False
Match the words with the phrases from the text with their meaning
Read the task and prepare your 3-minute speech on the following topic «Music»
Cover the points:
- How important is music in your life?
- What decade has produced the best music?
- What musical genres do you really hate? Why?
- If you could start a band, what type of music would you play? Why?
- What makes a song popular for you, the lyrics of the song or the melody?
Allow your browser access to your microphone, press the button «Click to Record» and record the speech you have prepared
- Instruments and musicians
- Music and people
- Phrases and idioms
- What can you hear?
- Think of a song...
- Ch and y
- What kind of music do you like?
- What's your soundtrack?
- Four music categories
- Ch and y
- Impressive music
- More details
- Rock music
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