As a dad, I have found, when I give my son a choice, we are able to get to a decision much faster than just asking him what he wants. If I say “Terry what do you want?” the discussion inevitably turns into a power struggle. The same holds true for your students. You’re in class. You’re ready to allow your students the opportunity to create a video. Of course, they want to use the popular music they listen to, right?
So here are your students’ choices when it comes to music:
1. Produce a video with no music. (Which I highly recommend for a hard news story. Hard news doesn’t need music.)
2. Use popular music, but you can’t publish the video to the web. So all that hard work, blood, sweat and tears can only be witnessed in YOUR class (or illegally on YouTube.)
3. Offer a list of Royalty-Free websites, all genres, instrumental and lyrical, and incorporate those songs in the video. Then, publish online for the world to see!
When my students are ready to produce a commercial, promo, documentary, music video, short film or dramatic piece, they research the best royalty-free music options on the web.
Legal Music for Videos – Creative Commons
Sea Breeze Computers – page of multiple links
Free Stock Music – 100% free video production music
Incompetech by Kevin MacLeod
AudioFarm – Upload your own music or download from independent artists.
ccMixter – Download, sample, cut-up or share
Partners in Rhyme – Royalty-Free music & sound effects
FreeSound – Collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.
Free Music Archive – (I recommend searching by genre on this site.)
SoundBible– Free sound clips, sound bites, and sound effects
Brainy Betty – Hundreds of free PowerPoint templates, backgrounds, animations, music for presentations, royalty free photos, tutorials, flash and video introductions, & teacher resources.
Jamendo – Free music downloads for private use & royalty-free music for commercial purposes.
Youtube – Free music for use
What sites did I leave out? Please let me know what sites work for you. I would love to add to this list. Feel free to share in the comment section.
*Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include additional sites to the ones that originally appeared.