Monday, 14 April 2014

Proficiency in English Cambidge Exam Essay Sample

In Part 1 of the CPE exam you are given two pieces of text with information on a topic and are asked to write a discursive essay in 240-280 words. 

Here there is a sample essay sent to us by Sybille a CPE student from France.

 The Importance of music (CPE Essay)

Both texts discuss the status of music in our society. They highlight the fact that music is getting more accessible to people through the Internet while at the same time its serious study is being neglected and professional musicians are suffering for it. It also argues that music is an art that exists since prehistory and is universal, even though its evolution and the way we consume it has significantly changed.

Commercial music can be heard everywhere nowadays. It is relatively easy to make and although in terms of quality is not always good, people are in high demand for it through downloads on the web. In addition to this, the music industry is always in prey for the quick-made manufactured product. The downside of this is that it is making the classical and more serious music disappear. 

There is a steady decline in high quality music, which undoubtedly hurts high-skilled musicians. Totally ignored and outnumbered by the bigger names of popular music, they can hardly draw up a project and are constantly in need for alternative ways to make a living. Besides, schools are making cuts on music lessons, which means many musicians are left without a job. 

This is sad as learning to play an instrument is highly beneficial to children. Composing is a collaborative and creative task. Music helps the youth to develop an identity, develop skills and gives them a real sense of accomplishment. For this reason music should be taught in all schools and be accessible to all families. 

All in all, music –popular and classical- is ubiquitous. It is part of our lives and is good for the mind, so it should be given the rightful place it deserves in our society.

#words: 280

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