Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Listen, Learn & Practice English through Music

Hi everyone,

I'm sure everyone knows about different music related tools, apps and websites which we (instructors) can make use of in our classes and through which our students can practice English.

I'm going t write about three of them.

1- I guess https://lyricstraining.com/  is one of the most popular ones. They have lots of songs and their lyrics.  You can create a user account to save and monitor your scores or you can play as a guest. What you do is simple. You pick your song and then the level. The music starts playing showing the lyrics as subs. The music stops at certain points showing dots/blanks instead of some of the words. Now, we need to type in or choose the correct word so that the music will continue playing. It's good for spelling, pronunciation and listening practice I guess.

Lyricstraining. Song: I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen.

The next two are actually apps that work together with Spotify.

I'm not going to write about Spotify here. However, simply put: it is an app that lets you create playlists on/offline and discover other playlists created by other people. The app gives you recommendations base don the types of music you listen to.

Now.. Practicing English...Here are two apps that work with Spotify to can change the music listening experience into English practice..
The first one is Musicmatch. I use the app on my phone.
Musicmatch provides the lyrics of many songs. The app opens  when you start to listen to songs on Spotify. As you can see in the screenshot above, the lyrics are shown as the song continues. So instead of seeing the complete lyrics, you just see the part that being played. This could be good for singing a long; thus, might provide pronunciation, listening, vocabulary and spelling practice.

The next one is Genius
Genius is similar to Musicmatch but it not only shows you the lyrics but provides some information about the song, the artist, band, the lyrics, background to the song etc. Thus, it becomes a resource to learn more about the song that you are listening to. I guess, it may be very useful for reading & understanding, listening, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary.

I hope you & your students benefit from these and other similar apps...Let's put those smart machines into smarter use...

Rock'n Roll...


  1. Nice ideas about Musicmatch and Genius. I don't listen to music much, but I know that students spend a large chunk of their time with their earphones plugged into their mobile devices. It is an obvious way to provide 'comprehensible input' via listening -- perhaps students could be encouraged to write about a song they discovered every week--maybe with a standard 'template' to help them get going (A brief description of the artist, the 'message' behind the song, and perhaps some new vocabulary or phrases they learned).

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