Language learning to music mastery: Duolingo does it all

Onur Demirkol
Mar 21, 2023

The language learning platform Duolingo wants to widen its span and build a music learning app.

Tech Crunch noticed that Duolingo has listed a job ad for a"Learning Scientist for Music." The company is looking for "an expert in music education who combines both theoretical knowledge of relevant learning science research and hands-on teaching experience." It shows that Duolingo also wants to teach music, apart from languages.

"Duolingo is venturing into teaching music! Our strengths lie in building educational apps that are grounded in learning science and keep learners motivated — come join us to help build a new Duolingo music app that promotes learning and is fun to use," says the job posting. The person who will be recruited must have a Ph.D. in music education, music theory, educational psychology, learning sciences, cognitive science, or a related field and be able to work full-time from or relocate to Pittsburgh, PA.

Duolingo has shown interest in launching new apps, and the company wants to add more products by getting into the music industry.

Duolingo wants to widen its product span

This is not the first time the company is focusing on a different subject other than language teaching. Back in 2020, Duolingo launched its math app with similar features and concepts compared to its roots. Later during the pandemic, the company launched the ABC app, focusing on English literacy for kids ages 3 to 6. It helped parents teach their kids how to read and write while they were stuck at home. Music will be the fourth area it will get its hands on.

Recently, the company announced its partnership with OpenAI and launched Duolingo Max, an AI-powered language learning subscription tier with two new features. The Duolingo Max GPT-4 integration clearly helps the process of learning a language easier, and it might be used in the music app too. For now, we don't have any information about the upcoming app's future apart from what is written on the job listing. The company might try new technologies and methods or stick to GPT-4 LLM that is currently being offered with the Duolingo Max subscription.

The latest moves show that Duolingo has sped up its business moves and taken important steps to be in a better place by the end of 2023. It currently has over 500 million users, and with the new music app, it will even hit more incredible numbers.


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