Music From The Past

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on August 25, 2022 and last updated on July 23, 2023

For English learners, delving into the topic of “Music From The Past” presents a captivating opportunity to enhance language skills and cultural understanding. This introduction immerses learners in a melodic journey through history, exposing them to diverse musical genres and timeless compositions.

By exploring the evocative melodies and lyrics of past eras, learners can expand their vocabulary, improve listening comprehension and appreciate the cultural context behind each musical piece.

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.

Music From The Past Review

In the age of streaming and digital music, it can be hard to remember what it was like to buy an album and sit down with a physical copy of your favourite band’s latest record.

Music from the past is a lot more than just old songs. It’s a time capsule of what people were thinking and feeling at the moment, which can be pretty cool to look back on.

But there’s something to be said for modern music as well. The new stuff is always changing, and it’s exciting to see how it’s evolving over time. Plus, there are all kinds of genres that didn’t exist back then, and it’s really fun to hear what those new sounds sound like.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • modern (adjective)
  • influence (verb)
  • be into (phrasal verb)
  • concert (noun)
  • performance (noun)
  • genre (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some of your favourite music genres or artists from the past?
  • Would you say music from the past is better than modern music?
  • What music did you like listening to when you were younger?
  • Do you like modern music?
  • What's your favourite type of music to listen to?
  • In your opinion, what makes music from the past timeless and still appreciated today?
  • Do you believe that music from the past has a unique ability to evoke emotions and memories?
  • How do you think historical events and cultural influences have shaped the music of different eras?
  • Does the music from the past hold more significant social and political messages than modern music?
  • Why do you think some people hate modern music?
  • How has technology influenced the preservation and accessibility of music from 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.