Royalty Free Music for Your Classroom

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This week, guest blogger Herb Saperstone, director of PSD’s “Channel 10” offers some great advice for teachers looking for royalty free music to use in their classroom.

“Although the guidelines for using copyrighted music in the classroom (and literally, I mean “in the classroom”)  make it relatively easy and permissible to use most kinds of music, there is often a need to ‘publish’ your video or other media work with royalty-free music.  Examples may be: music to integrate with your school news programs, DVD’s to distribute or sell, or publishing videos or podcasts to websites that don’t police copyrighted material, etc. (like YouTube does) Notes

There are a number of “free” music libraries students and educators can use, but its worth reading the fine print (at least some of it).  The terms of use or TOU are ridiculously boring or, at the very least, pesky to read (you know, the fine print that comes with each new version of software you load such as the latest iTunes version)…but it is vitally important you know its essence before you proceed. ”

Purple Planet Royalty Free Music:  Free to use, even for commercial use but they require a link- easy enough.

Freeplay Music:  Vastly better library but has a lot more “TOU” info to wade through. Does not require a contract in strictly educational settings and/or for personal use.

Free Music Archive: Most music at freemusicarchive.org is licensed as “public domain”, everything else is licensed for non-commercial use.  The site is run by freefrorm radio station WFMU