Fête de la Musique     

Faites de la musique during the Fête de la Musique

Bring the cheerful celebration of music into your French language classroom

Each year, on 21 June, music takes over the streets of Paris. Parks, courtyards, metro stations and street corners are transformed into impromptu stages for live performances by bands, DJs, musicians and singers - amateur and professional alike!

The goal of this festival is neatly summarised by the slogan "Faites de la musique" ("Make music"), a homophone of Fête de la Musique ("music festival"). Citizens and residents are encouraged to make music, exposing others to and celebrating the joy of music. All performances are free to enjoy, with music of every kind and genre.

Originating in France in 1982, Fête de la Musique is now celebrated in more than 750 cities in 120 countries, including Australia. 

Discover our selection of resources to inspire activities that bring the cheerful atmosphere of Fête de la Musique into your classroom.



A YouTube channel worth subscribing to, FrenchPod101 offers this digestible 3-minute video on the meaning, origin and vocabulary of Fête de la Musique.

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TV5 Monde | Enseigner le français 

Complete with video content, lesson plans and materials, student worksheets and additional resources, this TV5 Monde teaching episode provides an insight to the musical preferences of French students. Go further with the entire catalogue of resources that is searchable by age, level in French and topic. 

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Strategies for listening to music

Devour this comprehensive list of suggestions for getting the most out of a music listening activity. Talk about what emotions are stirred within you, what instruments you hear at any given moment and get tips for performing songs.

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Nursery rhymes and songs

One for those sharing a love of French language and culture with young learners: a collection of must-know nursery rhymes and songs, from Pirouette, cacahuète to J'aime la galette and beyond. 

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The best of 2021: French music on Spotify

A selection of new music from the past year to enrich your learning of French - or simply to be enjoyed.

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