30 January 2012

A World of Music

Music surrounds our lives, whether in the car, supermarket or personal listening devices. Today's suggestions are a brief reminder of a couple of music related sites which are great to introduce to brighten up any winter class. 

MusicPopQuiz offers players a choice of musical genres ranging from pop to jazz, indie to folk music. Once you select the genre, you have a choice of 2 questions (as in the example on the left); you will hear the song and then need to decide who performed it. You can also see it that there are different levels to the quizzes. 

This is a fun site either to use as a follow-up to a lesson on music or set up as a pair activity in a class, to see which pair of students get the highest score. 

Tune into English  offers a different section for teachers and students, each tailored with worksheets, games and quizzes. 

LyricsTraining  is another site where ESL/EFL learners can access to further their vocabulary and listening skills with 3 different levels of gap-fill activities usually included for each song. You can use the advanced menu to selected which genre you want and there is also a selection for Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and German. When you sign up, you will also have the option of uploading and sharing your own favourite songs with gap-fill activities.

Still for ESL/EFL there is, Agenda Web, which offers songs and videos with more exercises to practice English, while Lyricgaps is another option.

Nat Geo Music  is a great place to find out more about world music, while American Sabor teaches us more about the influence/role of Latin music in America. As with other Smithsonian sites, there is support for teachers with a page dedicated to classroom activities.

 Incredibox gives learners the opportunity to play around with beats and rhythms; definitely a fun site to visit at the end of a week or close to holidays. 

Adding music and sounds to digital stories is also possible, and here are some sites which help learners find the sounds they need to add to their presentations:

Legal Music for Videos

CC Mixter - A Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up or interact with music in any way you want to.

Soungle - a search engine for sound effects

Moof - social music network

Stock Music Boutique 

Music History Websites - a rich resources for who is interested in music

Tribe of Noise - a music community

Lights - an interactive music experience

What are your favourites sites for music?


  1. Ana, thanks for your great collection of sites!

    I just want to add one of my favourite music sites - karaoke videos at http://www.funkyenglish.com/video/.
    Karaoke serves many purposes - students listen to music, read the lyrics and sing along. Plus you can get the code and embed it on your class blog or teaching website.

  2. Hi Baiba,

    Thank you for passing by and adding another site to use music in the classroom. You're quite right regarding Karaoke; I especially like your suggestion as it can be embedded.