Learning to play an instrument

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 21, 2020 and last updated on July 13, 2023

The topic of learning to play an instrument serves as an engaging conversation subject for English learners, offering a range of opportunities to expand vocabulary and express opinions. Discussing this topic enables learners to explore musical genres, instruments and their personal experiences with music. It also encourages the development of speaking and listening skills as learners share their challenges, progress and favourite songs.

Furthermore, discussing the benefits of learning an instrument allows learners to articulate thoughts, provide reasons and engage in meaningful discussions, thereby enhancing their fluency and overall communication skills in English.

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.

About Learning to play an instrument

Learning to play an instrument is a captivating and enriching journey that opens doors to a world of creativity, self-expression and personal growth. Whether it’s the piano, guitar, violin or any other instrument, the process of acquiring musical skills offers numerous benefits. It stimulates cognitive development, enhances fine motor skills and fosters discipline and perseverance.

Embarking on the journey of learning to play an instrument can be a lifelong passion and a source of joy.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • instrument (noun)
  • play (verb)
  • grow up (phrasal verb)
  • common (adjective)
  • musical (adjective)
  • talented (adjective)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • childhood (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
  • Which instrument would you like to learn?
  • What are some benefits of learning to play an instrument?
  • How does playing an instrument enhance creativity and self-expression?
  • What challenges do people face while learning to play an instrument?
  • How does playing an instrument impact your mood and emotional well-being?
  • What advice would you give to someone who wants to start learning to play an instrument?
  • Is it necessary for schools to include music education and instrument learning in their curriculum?
  • Should children be encouraged to learn to play a musical instrument from a young age?
  • Is it necessary to have natural talent to excel in playing a musical instrument?
  • Should learning to play an instrument be considered a leisure activity or a serious pursuit?
  • Does learning to play an instrument have a positive impact on academic performance?
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.