Spanish Vocabulary Using Your Favorite Music and Artists

By KellenKautzman

Do you like music? And who is your favorite singer or group? This article will help you express yourself about your musical preferences in Spanish. A download is available to help with the vocabulary and pronunciation.

Do you like music?

Music Vocabulary for the Spanish Classroom We all listen to music from time to time. Music is all around. And everybody likes a specific type of music or singer, from classical to rock, pop or alternative. So, why don't we learn how to express our preferences about music in Spanish?

This article includes vocabulary and expressions related to music styles, most common verbs, list of instruments and how to express your preferences.

If you are teaching a Spanish class, you can easily use these vocabulary lists to help you design games, conversations, and activities regarding your students' favorite music. The following are expressions that students can use to begin music related conversations.

If your students, or you, are having trouble with Spanish listening, feel free to read this article on how to increase Spanish listening comprehension.

Expresiones (Expressions)

¿Quén es tu cantante favorito? or ¿Qué cantante te gusta más? - Who's your favorite singer?

Mi cantante favorito es... - My favorite singer is...

Mi grupo favorito es... - My favorite group is...

¿Has escuchado la nueva canción de...? - Have you listened to ….......'s new release?

Me gusta mucho esta canción. - I like this song a lot.

¿Vas a ir al concierto? - Are you going to the concert?

Me gusta esta emisora de radio porque emiten música de los años ochenta. - I like this radio station because the broadcast music from the 80's.

Me gusta la música clásica, y en concreto la música de Morzart. - I like classical music, specifically Mozart's music.

El hip-hop es muy popular ahora pero a mí no me gusta. - Hip-hop is very popular now but I don't like it.

Prefiero la música pop al reggaeton. - I prefer pop music to reggaeton.

He aprendido a bailar el vals y la salsa. - I have learned to dance the waltz and salsa.

Ayer fui a un concierto y me encantó – Yesterday I went to a concert and I enjoyed it.

Vocabulario General -sustantivos- (General Vocabulary -substantives-)

el acorde – the chord

el altavoz – the loudspeaker

el auditorio – the auditorium

el / la artista – the artist

la banda – the band

la banda sonora – film music

el / la barítono – the baritone

la canción – the song

el / la cantante – the singer

el canto – the singing

el cd / el disco compacto– the cd

la cinta – the tape

el compositor – the composer

el concierto – the concert

el coro – the chorus

el cuarteto – the quarter

el director de orquesta – the conductor

el disco – the record

la escala – the scale

el grupo – the group

el instrumento – the instrument

la letra – the lyrics

la lista de éxitos – the charts

la melodía – the melody

la música – the music

la música de baile – dance music

la música de cámara – chamber music

la música de fondo – the background music

la música electrónica – electronic music

la música sinfónica – symphonic music

el / la músico – the musician

la orquesta – the orchestra

la ovación – the ovation

la partitura – the score (musical)

el pentagram – the staff

el recital – the recital

el ritmo – the rhythm

el sencillo – the single

la sinfonía – the symphony

el solista – the soloist

el sonido – the sound

el / la soprano – the soprano

el / la tenor – the tenor

el tocadiscos – the record player

el vídeo musical – the music video

el vocalista – the vocalist

Vocabulario General -verbos- (General Vocabulary -verbs-)

aplaudir – to clap

bailar – to dance

cantar – to sing

componer – to compose

escuchar – to listen

sonar – to sound

tocar (un instrumento) – to play an instrument

tocar de oído – to play by ear

Estilos musicales (Musical styles)

el blues - blues

el gospel - gospel

el heavy metal – heavy metal

el hip-hop – hip hop

el jazz – jazz

la música clásica – classical music

la música disco – disco music

la música folklórica – folk music

la música pop – pop music

la ópera – the opera

el rap – rap

el reggae – the reggae

el reggaeton – the reggaeton

el rock – rock

la salsa - salsa

el vals – the waltz

la zarzuela – Spanish operetta

Instrumentos (Instruments)

el amplificador - the amplifier

el arpa – the harp

el bajo – the bass guitar

la batería - the drums

el bombo - the bass drum

las castañuelas – the castanets

el chelo – the cello

el clarinet - the clarinet

el fagot – the bassoon

la flauta - the flute

la guitarra – the guitar

la guitarra acústica – the acoustic guitar

la guitarra eléctrica – the electric guitar

los instrumentos de cuerda – the brass instruments

las maracas – the maracas

el mezclador de sonido – the sound mixer

el oboe – the oboe

el órgano – the organ

la pandereta – the tambourine

la percusión – the percussion

el piano – the piano

los platillos - the cymbals

la púa - the plectrum

el saxofón - the saxophone

el sintetizador – the synthesizer

el tambor – the drum

el trombón – the trombone

la trompeta - the trumpet

la tuba - the tuba

el violín - the violin

el violonchelo - the cello

Available documents for download:

Word document: Vocabulary - Talking about music.

Sound file: All About Music - Spanish Vocabulary