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Talk About Music In Spanish

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La música or just music is a great conversation starter and the perfect way to raise cultural awareness since Spanish speaking countries have an array of music styles and dances.  Learning music related vocabulary is a handy tool to start any conversation. Whether you are a music lover or not, music is a recurrent topic in any real life conversation so it is important to acquire music phrases to get involved in any chat. This topic is perfect for beginners to share their interests and opinions using basic vocabulary and grammar structures. 

Music Preferences, Likes Dislikes

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A good way to start a conversation is talking about the music you like the most. To do so, you simply use  

1Me gusta, Me encantaI like, I love, 
2Me interesaI’m interested in, 
3Prefiero I prefer.

If you want to ask someone else about their music preferences, you simply use question words such as

1¿Qué clase de música…?What kind of music….?
2¿Quién es tu cantante favorito?Who’s your favourite  singer?
3¿Cuál es….?Which is…?


  • ¿Qué clase de música te gusta? =What kind of music do you like?

  • Me gusta el rocanrol  =I like rock ´n´roll

  • Me encanta la cumbia =I love cumbia

  • Me interesa la música pop  =I’m interested in pop music

  • ¿Te gusta la música? =Do you like music?

  • Si, me encanta =Yes, I love it

  • ¿Quién es tu cantante favorito? =Who’s your favourite singer?

  • Mi cantante favorito es Sabina =My favourite singer is Sabina

  • Mi grupo favorito es La oreja de Van Gogh =My favourite band is La oreja de Van Gogh

  • Me gusta esta canción =I like this song

  • Me gusta esta emisora de radio =I like this radio station

  • Prefiero la música rock al reggaeton  =I prefer rock music to reggaeton

Different Musical Styles in Spanish

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Talking about estilos de música or music styles is really simple for any Spanish speaking student since most of them remain the same in both languages. You need to remember that nouns in the Spanish language are preceded by a definite article: masculine (El) or femenine (La). In order to know which one to use, you have to pay attention to the ending of the noun: La cumbia, La salsa or El rock alternativo. 

Types of Spanish Music

1El rock latinoLatin rock
2La cumbiaCumbia
3El merengueMerengue
4El rapRap
5El reggeatonReggeaton
6La música clásicaClassical music
7La salsaSalsa
8La música sinfónicaSymphonic music
9El bluesBlues
10El folkloreFolk music
11La óperaThe opera

  • El rock alternativo =Alternative rock

  • El heavy metal =Heavy metal

  • El rock nacional =National rock

  • La música pop =Pop music

Spanish General Music Vocabulary

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So as to spice up a conversation, Spanish speaking students need to know basic music related vocabulary such as músicos or musicians, lugar de eventos or venue, tipos de grupos musicales or types of musical groups. You can use these vocabulary in short sentences such as Rosalía es una cantante or Rosalía is a singer, La Oreja de Van Gogh es una banda or La Oreja de Van Gogh is a band, El concierto es mañana or The concert is tomorrow. In every example, the noun is in the singular form, so the verb that matches the 3rd person in singular is es or is. 
1La canción A song
2La bandaA band
3El conciertoThe concert
4El escenarioThe stage
5La letraThe lyrics
6El músicoThe musician
7El/La solistaThe soloist
8El duo The duet
9El cuartetoThe quarter
10Concierto acústicoAcoustic concert 
11El coroThe chorus
12El/la canta-autorThe songwriter
13La audienciathe audience

  • La/El artista =The Artist

  • El/la cantante =The singer

  • El/La vocalista =The vocalist

  • Voz =Voice

Spanish Music Verbs

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Once Spanish speaking students are familiar with basic vocabulary related to music, it is important to learn some verbs so as to form coherent sentences. The most common verbs are aplaudir, cantar, tocar, interpretar, escuchar or to clap, sing, play, interpret, listen to. When you go to un concierto people tend to aplaudir at the end of it. La vocalista canta rock nacional or the vocalist sings national rock. La banda interpreta una canción en español or the band interprets a song in spanish. La audiencia escucha música heavy metal or the audience listens to heavy metal music. 

1Interpretar una canción/música/ una sinfonía  To perform a song/ music/ a symphony 
2Ensayar una canciónTo rehearse a song
3Escuchar una canción/ música/ un CD/Jazz/ grabación To listen to a song/music/ a CD/ Jazz music/ a recording
4Sonar una nota/ la trompetaTo sound a note/ the trumpet 

  • Aplaudir =To Clap

  • Cantar una canción/rock  =To Sing a song/rock music

  • Componer- La cantante compone sus canciones =To compose- The singer composes her own songs

  • Tocar un instrumento musical =To play a musical instrument

Spanish Musical Instruments

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When talking about musical instruments you simply use the verb tocar which means to play a musical instrument. It is important that the name of any musical instrument is followed by this verb since, otherwise, it literally means to touch. You simply say Yo toco la guitarra or I play the guitar. 

1El pianoThe piano
2El violínThe violin
3El saxofónThe saxophone
4Las castañuelasThe castanets
5La trompetaThe trumpet
6El violoncheloThe violoncello 

  • La guitarra =A Guitar

  • La batería =The drums

  • El bajo =The bass guitar

  • El teclado =The keyboard

To Give an Opinion on Music in Spanish

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1Esta música es muy buenaThis song is really good
2Rosalía canta muy bienRosalía canta muy bien
3Este cantante tiene una voz muy graveThis singer has a throaty voice
4Esta banda toca muy bienThis band plays very well
5El concierto es espectacularThe concert is spectacular
6El espectáculo es genialThe show is great
7El espectáculo es pésimoThe show sucks

  • La música está demasiado fuerte =The music is too loud

  • La cantante tiene una voz increible =The singer has an incredible voice

  • Es una canción hermosa =It’s a beautiful song

  • Creo que no es tan buena esta canción =I think it’s not a great song

Spanish Music Conversation Starters

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Music is considered to be a good conversation starter. When you are learning Spanish, it is useful to have a few topics of conversation in mind so as to get involved in a chat in Spanish. If you run out of topics, talking about músicos or musicians, canciones or songs will help you practice your speaking skills. 

1No puedo creer que aun no hayas escuchado a Alejandro SanzI can’t believe you haven’t heard Alejandro Sanz yet. 
2Ayer fui a un concierto de David Bisbal y me encantóI went to a David Bisbal’s concert yesterday and I really enjoyed it. 
3Escucha la letra de esta canción. Tiene un mensaje muy profundoListen to this song’s lyrics. It has a very profound message
4Cierto. La letra en realmente muy buenaIt 's true. The lyrics are really good
5¿Qué piensas de Ricardo Arjona?What do you think of Ricardo Arjona?
6La verdad es que tiene un estilo muy personal

To be honest, he has a very personal style


7¿Conoces esta canción? Do you know this song?
8No. ¿Quién es el/la cantante?No. Who 's the singer?
9¿Cómo se llama esta canción?What’s this song’s name?
10No sé como se llamaI don’t know its name
11¿Quién toca?Who 's playing?
12¿Quién canta?Who 's singing?
13¿Conoces esta banda?Do you know this band?
14¿Cuál es el nombre de esta banda?What’s the name of this band?

  • ¿Has escuchado la nueva canción de Sabina? =Have you listened to Sabinas’ new release?

  • No. ¿Cuál es? =No. Which one is it?

  • ¿Vas a ir al concierto de La Oreja de Van Gogh la semana que viene? =Are you going to La Oreja de Van Gogh’s concert next week?

  • Si. Aún no compré la entrada =Yes. I haven’t bought the ticket


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Learning music related vocabulary will massively improve your vocabulary and grammar. Talking about the music you like or listen to in Spanish will help you develop your communication skills and raise cultural  awareness about the Spanish speaking culture. It is also highly important to recognize a wide range of adjectives to give an opinion on different musical styles or particular singers or bands. 

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