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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Music (Discussion Question)

Updated: Nov 9, 2023


Pop stars earn much more than classical music performers. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair.


Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


SAMPLE ESSAY:


Nowadays, it is notable that pop performers are earning a much higher amount of income than classical musicians. Regarding this trend, some individuals claim that it is totally justifiable while others assert that classical performers are unfairly underpaid. Personally, I agree with the former belief and will address both opinions in the following essay.


There are many points that opponents of higher salaries for pop stars can make. First, any professional music performer, irrespective of genres, has to be intensively trained for years before commencing their career. Therefore, both pop and classical musicians should deserve an equal pay scale which is commensurate with the time and efforts expended on their training. Second, classical music is widely regarded as a highly challenging genre to master, and performers of this kind often need to have a sophisticated taste of music or have to be artistically inclined. As a result, they should be paid equally or even far higher than pop musicians considering their innate talent and delicate musical taste which are indispensable elements of this genre.


On the other hand, there are many justifications for larger amounts of money earned by pop musicians. One significant factor could be that because of the nature of this genre, not only are pop stars required to be vocally capable but they also need to be good-looking and fashion-conscious. Undoubtedly, these combined traits and skills cannot be simply possessed and honed in just a short amount of time, so a tremendously high salary for successful and dedicated pop musicians is quite understandable. Furthermore, it is noticeable that a huge number of young people have become ardent pop fans these days thanks to the modernity of this musical genre. Consequently, these audiences can be easily attracted by their pop idols’ performing shows or tours, thus generating much higher revenues for these pop artists compared to classical musicians whose music is mainly enjoyed by the elderly.


In conclusion, some are still not convinced why pop musicians’ salaries nowadays normally considerably outstrip those of classical ones. However, from my perspective, pop stars should be deserving of huge incomes for various factors mentioned above.



 

VOCABULARY

  • justifiable (adj): chính đáng

  • irrespective of (adv): bất kể, bất luận

  • commence (v): bắt đầu

  • commensurate with (adj): tương xứng với

  • expend (v): tiêu (tiền, sức lực, thời gian, năng lượng,...)

  • genre (n): thể loại

  • innate (adj): bẩm sinh

  • indispensable (adj): không thể thiếu

  • nature (n): bản chất

  • hone (v): mài dũa (nghĩa bóng)

  • ardent (adj): cuồng nhiệt

  • outstrip (v): vượt qua, lớn hơn (về số lượng, kích cỡ, mức độ,…)



 

STRUCTURES


INVERSION:


Not only + auxiliary verb + S + verb/adjective but + S also + verb/be also + adjective


E.g: One significant factor could be that because of the nature of this genre, not only are pop stars required to be vocally capable but they also need to be good-looking and fashion-conscious.



 

BRAINSTORMING


Body 1: The reasons why pop stars should not earn more than classical performers:

  • Professional performers of any musical genre have to undergo intensive training for a very long time → both pop and classical musicians deserve an equal salary considering their effort and devotion

  • Classical music is widely admitted to be a difficult genre to master → classical performers need to have a delicate taste of music or even an innate talent → they deserve a higher pay scale than pop stars


Body 2: The reasons why pop stars should earn more than classical performers + my personal opinion: Agree

  • Pop stars are required to have a good voice, good-looking appearance and trendy fashion style at the same time → these combined traits cannot be easily achieved in a short time → pop stars should be deserving of a huge income

  • Lots of young people have become avid fans of pop because it is a modern genre → these youngsters can be easily attracted by their idols’ performing shows → this leads to significantly higher revenues for pop performers



 

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