Music and Songs : CONTENTS




(Updated on 13/05/2016)




  • Jay Z receives top songwriting honor (June 19, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The rapper Jay Z has been recognized for his prolific and influential songwriting career by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Jay Z - Level 4  or  Jay Z - Level 5
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



  • Music for visualisation:
    "Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. This article looks at some ways of making the most of music to raise students' awareness of their own creative powers in English. The activities described here, which include visualisation and collaborative story-making,
    can be easily adapted to different level groups and types of courses..." 

  • 'Music is Great' is "a lesson plan for teachers of older teenagers and adults at level B1 explores the theme of music.
    Students will develop their reading, speaking and listening skills.
    The students' own experiences and opinions form the basis of all discussion and extension work."



  • Useful teaching resources for “Hamilton”

  • Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, Nov. 4, 2013 by Larry Ferlazzo
    "Before Taking the Quiz:
    Watch the clip above from “West Side Story,” a famous 1961 movie made from a Broadway musical. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the story is about a romantic relationship between a white boy and a Puerto Rican girl who come from rival gangs. In this clip, the white gang, the Jets, sing a song."



  • Cut music to an hour a day (March 02, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The World Health Organisation (WHO) is worried that 1.1 billion teenagers and people in their twenties and early thirties
    are damaging their hearing by listening to loud music."

  • Heavy metal headbanging can damage brain (July 08, 2014) - a lesson plan with audio
    " Doctors in Germany have warned people that headbanging could be bad for your health."


  • TWO FINGERS - a lesson plan
    "This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Jamie Thraves used as a music video for Jake Bugg and his song Two Fingers.
    Students watch a short film and a lyrics video, speak about the problems faced by young people, and reconstruct a story and lyrics."




  • Talking about Music - Why do we listen to music? - a lesson (

    "You are going to

    • discuss music and use vocabulary to describe music
    • listen to a discussion about the role music plays in our lives and do some comprehension activities"

  • MUSIC - a lesson
    "This EFL lesson plan is designed around a video by Art&Graft commissioned by theBarbican arts centre, London and the theme of music.
    Students practise the adjectives to describe emotions, watch a short video, talk about music and discuss quotations about music."

    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 60 minutes
    Language: Adjectives to describe emotions and genres of music



  • Beyonce releases a secret album (December 16, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "American pop singer Beyonce surprised her fans on Friday. She released her fifth album without telling anyone."

  • One in five songs ''advertises'' alcohol (October 5, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The songs young people listen to could be encouraging them to drink more alcohol.
    This is the conclusion of a study into the extent to which lyrics contain references to drinking."

  • Mixtape - a lesson plan
    "This lesson is designed around a short film called Mixtape by Luke Snellin and the theme of music.
    Students speak about music, write a narrative and watch a short film."
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 60 minutes

  • Sad music helps mend broken hearts (May 18, 2013) - a lesson plan with audio
    "New research suggests listening to sad music can help overcome the heartbreak of an ended relationship..."


  • Hip Hop - Interviewing a star
    "Voici un powerpoint réalisé en collaboration avec Kathryn, mon assistante américaine cette année, pour préparer mes élèves de 4ème à la venue d'un artiste américain (chorégraphe new-yorkais de hip-hop, Leslie Feliciano).
    Vous trouverez dans ce diaporama du matériel pour environ 4 heures de cours...
    Je pense que la trame peut s'appliquer pour bien d'autres venues d'artistes." (Philippe Hattais)

  • Gangnam Style most-watched YouTube video (November 27, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The video to the global smash hit song Gangnam Style has become the most-watched clip in YouTube's history.
    It has had almost 825 million views in the past five months and is moving quickly towards one billion."

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  • Amy Winehouse Dies, Aged 27 (24th July, 2011) - a lesson plan with AUDIO

  • English Lesson Plan on World Music Day - June 21st (

  • Action Chant
    "Rédaction et interprétation d’un Action Chant à partir d’un document audiovisuel de Kathy Toxel "Verb Song" que les élèves découvre en compréhension orale.
    La séquence se déroule sur quatre séances...
    Niveau A1/A2 - La tâche a été élaborée pour des élèves de 5° d’un niveau faible à la fin de 2° trimestre. "

    (Ac. Toulouse)

  • Création d’un Jazz Chant - Séquence élaborée pour le niveau A2
    (Ac. Toulouse)

  • Susan Boyle to star in Japanese show - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle will appear on a popular Japanese TV show on New Year’s Eve."
    WARM-UPS :

  • Blues Journey (
    "Through informative interviews and a wealth of music clips, you'll learn the ins and outs of blues music and find out
    about the history of the blues using the loose lesson plan.
    Provides related lesson plans and website links. Flash-based resource"

  • Rock+Roll - lesson plans (Music and History / Myths) - (
  • Hip-hop is history at American museum
    - a lesson plan with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), podcast, communication activities, pair work, discussion,
    reading and vocabulary exercises."

    (Breaking News English)
  • Apple iTunes sees billionth download
    a lesson plan with a news article, listening (MP3 file), podcast, communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises.
    "An American teenager became part of history yesterday when he downloaded the billionth song from the Apple iTunes music store..."

    (Breaking News English)
  • Music - a lesson proposed by Randall S. Davis with :
    a list of commonly-used vocabulary with a recording of the words in RealMedia format.
    - a short quiz to test students' comprehension of some of the words,
    - a Follow-Up exercise for expanding students' use of the vocabulary in a conversation with a partner or group.







'Dreamgirls' (2006)