Music Idioms

Listening to music can be helpful for those learning English. Kaplan research has discovered that music is frequently used in both English teaching and learning. English can be a musical language. Music idioms are very common.

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Learn how to use these music idioms in everyday conversation by checking out the example sentences below the graphic.

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How to use these music idioms:

Elevator music: “Kevin hated going shopping in the mall. He was tired of all the elevator music!”
Ring a bell: “Tina was sure that she had heard that music idiom before. It certainly did ring a bell!”
For a song: “Roy was selling his collection of toys very cheaply. They were going for a song!”
Like a broken record: “Hazel was tired of listening to Rob talk about Manchester United all the time. He sounded just like a broken record!”
Blow your own trumpet: “Chase’s boss told him to 'Blow your own trumpet' after he succeeded at work.”
Jam session: “Daryl and John got together in the studio for a jam session. They were thinking up ideas for their new album.”
Call the tune: “Juan was keen to call the tune in the meeting. He wanted to take control of the team.”
Blow the whistle: “Martin had to blow the whistle at work when he saw Hazel stealing from the stationary cupboard.”

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