IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions - Music

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics for part 3 (Music) and sample answers.

Please remember that in the actual test you should give honest answers and talk about your own experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions. Do not try to memorise answers, as the examiners will probably be able to guess and you will lose marks.

However, you are able to make up information to extend your answers, but be sure that you are confident when speaking about the chosen topic and that it is believable.

TIP >> Listen to the questions the examiner asks you and think about the structure of the question. Are they asking your for your opinion? or to say how something has changed from the past to the present?

TIP >> Learn about the most commonly asked question types used in the part 3 questions. This will help you to identify how you should respond and what to look out for when you are practising.

TIP >> It is common for many people to say 'I don't know' or to lose focus when they get a question they know little about. Always answer the questions and if you feel as though you don't know about the topic, then buy yourself some time by saying; 'I haven't really thought about that before.... but in my opinion......' then give your opinion, etc. 

TIP >> Don't try to answer the questions as quickly as possible, take your time and answer them to the best of your ability. Give your opinion, the reasoning behind it and support with specific examples. 

Take a look at the questions and sample answers below on the topic of 'Music' >>


Q: What kind of music is popular in your country?

A: In my country, there are many different types of music that people like to listen to. Pop music is always fashionable and so is folk music. People have many different tastes and there are always concerts for classical, rock, pop and folk. Traditional music is still much loved for weddings and baptism celebrations, as well as village festivals in the summer months. 

Q: What do old people like to listen to?

A: They like to hear music from when they were younger, traditional music and sometimes classical. I don't think they like to listen to pop songs or anything heavy, maybe they listen to the radio but something that is more relaxing. For instance, my grandma like to listen to a radio station that has a mixed programme of stories, interviews, plays and classical music. 

Q: Do you play any musical instruments?

A: Yes, I play the piano and I started to learn when I was about 6 years old. I had lessons every Saturday in my house from a great teacher called Mr Haris. I loved learning and developing my skills. I like to play classical music and at Christmas love paying traditional Christmas carols. I think that it is important for children to learn how to play an instrument if they like it of course. It can help them to develop creative skills and give them much enjoyment.   

Q: What might be the best age to start learning to play a musical instrument?

A: In my view starting to learn when you are young is the best option. Children's minds are so impressionable when they are young, they retain information and soak it up like a sponge. They can develop their musical skills and see if they have a talent for it. if you start learning later in life, it will probably be more difficult to find the time, to have lessons and to practice. 


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