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Describe your favourite genre of music

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 513 with Model Answer:

Describe your favourite genre of music.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • who your favourite artist is in this genre
  • what this genre of music expresses about yourself
and explain why this is your favourite genre of music.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

What it is:
Music is a universal language that connects people across different cultures and backgrounds. For this topic, I would like to talk about my favourite genre of music, which is pop music.

Who your favourite artist is in this genre:
My favourite genre of music is pop music. It is a popular music genre that originated in the United States during the 1950s and quickly became one of the most commercially successful genres in the world. My favourite artist in this genre is Taylor Swift. She is one of the most successful pop artists of all time and has won numerous awards for her music. I love her catchy melodies and relatable lyrics. Her songs always make me feel empowered and inspired.

What this genre of music expresses about yourself:
Pop music expresses my outgoing and energetic personality. It is a genre that is meant to be enjoyed by a large audience, and its upbeat and catchy rhythms perfectly complement my outgoing nature. I find that pop music is a great way to get energized and motivated for the day ahead.

And explain why this is your favourite genre of music:
What I love most about pop music is its ability to uplift and inspire. The music is often upbeat and cheerful, and it never fails to put me in a good mood. Whether I'm at a party, in the car, or just hanging out at home, pop music is always my go-to genre. It brings me joy and helps me connect with others who share my love for this upbeat and catchy music. This is why this is my favourite genre of music.
 

Model Answer 2:

Well, in my humble opinion, it actually takes an expert to talk about the different genres of music, and I can absolutely assure you that I am not an expert in this field. But, that never prevents me from preferring a particular genre of music over the others, and the genre of music, I want to say a few words about today, is popularly known as “soft rock”.

Now, before I say why I really like this particular type of music, I better clarify what soft rock music really is. Well, some say that soft rock is actually a “derivative” form of pop-rock, but as far as I am concerned, I prefer to call it a “fine deviation” of a form of music called “pop-rock” which doesn’t sound anything more than some “loud noise”, at least some of the times (sorry to those people who like “hark rock or pop-rock”).

So, no wonder I prefer soft rock. After all, this particular genre of music blends rather well with my “quiet nature or personality” because of its smoother tune and sound effects. Besides, they also go hand in hand with my introverted personality which is often troubled by some sort of low self-esteem.

Anyway, originating in the early 60s, this type of music has mainly emphasized melodies and harmonies to highlight themes like love, relationship and lifestyles. Since then, it has produced some fine musical talents like Carole King, Cat Stevens and James Taylor. But, among my favourites are the singers like Bryan Adams and Phil Collins who certainly have taken this music to a new height of popularity in recent times.

So, again, no wonder that soft rock is my favourite music genre because they sound just so melodious and harmonic, no matter what your moods are and what time of the day or night, you are listening to it. Another reason why I like this type of music is that its smoother aesthetics never get lost, no matter the types of musical instruments used to create it.

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