When creating an audio podcast or a video that uses music tracks, the sure way to avoid any worries about copyright infringement is to use music you created. Unfortunately, often that is not a feasible option for a lot of folks. The next best thing to using music you created is to use Creative Commons licensed music or royalty free music. **Royalty Free Music** hosts music tracks that can be reused in numerous ways. **Royalty Free Music** charges the general public for their downloads, but students and teachers can download quite a bit of the music for free. To access the free music tracks students and teachers should visit the **education page on Royalty Free Music**.

Applications for Education
If you have students creating podcasts, videos, or other multimedia projects **Royalty Free Music** offers your students music that they can use for free.

Here are a number of sites that can be used to find music for your multimedia projects.

(for integration into multimedia or video projects

  • Records
  • Cassette tapes
  • CDs
  • Audio clips on the Web
Up to 10% of a copyrighted musical composition may be reproduced, performed and displayed as part of a multimedia program produced by an educator or student for educational purposes.
  • A maximum of 30 seconds per musical composition may be used.
  • Multimedia program must have an educational purpose.


Try one of these sites, but be conscientious of copyright...

Sound Effects

Music Loops: Like in GarageBand, use to create your own music

More Resources: These sites have additional copyright information and links to sites to find royalty free music

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Resources from Kristan Hokanson, The Connected Classroom