English for Music


1. Common topics for classroom discussions and presentations

  • Popular music education vs. Traditional music education: from teacher-centred approach to student-centred approach 
  • Teaching Music in The Age of Technology 
  • Music across discipline 
  • Multicultural music 
  • Musicology as Means of Studying Music 
  • Applying Music to Teaching and Learning 
  • Music on the Radio: How It Has Changed People’s Tastes 
  • How Social Class Is Connected to Music Genre
  • What Music Does to The Human Brain
  • What is High Culture and Low Culture according to current music?
  • The connections between music and other media types
  • Cultural characteristics that are prevalent in modern music
  • Why should a musical artist find someone else to write music for them?
  • Is musical literacy important for one’s life?
  • How has technology changed the music industry?
  • How has music shaped generations?



2. Design of a successful presentation

Design slides like academic paragraphs using PEE: 

  • Point – As the title of your slides 
  • Evidence – As the points of your slides 
  • Explanation – As your speech in the presentation 

Make the evidence visual: 

PowerPoint is a visual medium; its purpose is to help an audience visualise what the speaker is saying. The purpose of a presentation should not be information transfer, it should be about enabling understanding and encouraging further action or research. 

The best way to make your slides more visual is to use images and diagrams as the evidence to support or illustrate your main point (your slide title). For example, if you want to show the results of a survey, pie charts or line charts are useful figures to display such information. 

Microsoft has offered several templates for academic presentation. They are available at this link

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