Succeed in The Music Industry

man playing guitar while singing
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 13, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

The music industry has historically showcased some of the biggest celebrity names and success stories in the world including Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and many more. Some say that it is now harder than ever to become successful in the music industry. This is for many reasons, including the introduction of technology making it much more difficult to stop people from listening to music illegally, streaming services like Spotify and just the sheer amount of music now available to people with the click of a button.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • industry (noun)
  • success (noun)
  • succeed (verb)
  • successful (adjective)
  • sheer (adjective)
  • pursue (verb)
  • opportunity (noun)
  • historically (adverb)

Conversation Questions

  • Is it more difficult to become successful in the music industry now or 50 years ago?
  • How often do you listen to music?
  • In what ways do you usually listen to music?
  • Do you think pursuing music as a career option is a good move nowadays?
  • How was it easier in the past to become successful in the music industry?
  • How is it easier now to become successful in the music industry?
  • Do you think overall, there are more opportunities now to be successful in the music industry than in the past?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.