Royalty Free Music for eLearning


Recently a fellow member of the Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals' Group (14K+ of members) asked " If anyone know of where to find royalty free background music for training? " As you can understand this question was the inspiration for the following list that contains Royalty Free Music websites for eLearning. Royalty Free Music Library is proud to offer one of the largest offerings of online broadcast-quality royalty free music anywhere on the web.

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Imagined futures 3: Music

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons I recently visited the Science Gallery in Dublin where they had several exhibits dedicated to sonic science - the science (and art) of making sounds. The DX7 was one of the first digital commercially available (affordable) polyphonic synthesisers to be equipped with MIDI - or Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Today, looking back on these retro musical instruments, it's easy to see how they laid the ground work for future digital music.

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I’ve also experienced this when working in an organisation also had similar expectations but no budget for stock photography, background music, or video. Music can be a challenge, but many sites offer free music under a creative commons license. You must attribute the original artist somewhere in your eLearning in the manner in which they require but otherwise, the music can be free to use.

Creative processes

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Photo by Steve Wheeler More often than not, one thing leads to another. Particularly where creativity is concerned, I have learnt that one small event, thought or action can trigger several more, and you never know where the sequence will take you. and the creative process continues.

Legends in their own lunchtime

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When I attended AFCENT international school in the Netherlands, I would often find myself in the music room, listening to friends and staff playing impromptu concerts. It was great to sit cross-legged on the carpet, eating your sandwiches, chatting to friends and listening to live music. The most remarkable thing about his guitar was that he had made it himself, over one academic year, as his creative design and technology project.

Tipping the balance #blideo

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As he waits for the music to start, he toys with a snow globe - a piece of trivia which holds his attention briefly. Then the music starts. and he begins to weep as the music washes over him. We often we waste precious time on the less important things in life, when in reality we should be seeking the creative and emotional experiences that might forever shape our characters and define our lives. And yet, the music it produced was able to reduce a man to tears.

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My ethos for teaching

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I felt this pride and excitement, because my own ideas and creativity, which I had worked so hard on, and had poured my heart and soul into, were now out there in the open, being appreciated by others. I discovered though, that this was just the start - and that involving others in my creative ideas could be even more rewarding. I had come to a realisation that creativity is not something you individually own. creativity dance education learning music painting teaching

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Things That Light Up My Life

Learning Visions

photo by tanakawho Whats been lighting up my life this week is when I hear a Subject Matter Expert say, "Lets cut that. Its music to my ears. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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The course titled Elite Sport Performance: Psychological Perspectives covers mental training techniques for elite athletes such as building motivation, improving concentration, staying confident, using music and imagery to enhance performance, avoiding anxiety, and managing mood and emotions. The strong visual style has been augmented by photos of elite athletes in action. These photos are all open licensed Creative Commons images.

An apple for teacher

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Photo from Pxhere I had the pleasure to do an speak with Sophie Bailey recently, when we recorded a session for Edtech Podcast. An apple for teacher by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Copyright and Intellectual Property in Instructional Design

Obsidian Learning

In learning and development, and instructional and graphics design, it can be tempting to use such resources to demonstrate a procedure (YouTube video), illustrate a point (funny photo/meme), or simply improve the auditory and/or visual presentation of your content (sound effects/cool graphics). Copyright and intellectual property laws remain in effect, and your company and/or clients could face liability issues if the deliverables you present contain music, images, videos, etc.,

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Secondly, the site promotes community involvement: recognition is given through a leaderboard, and photographers can enter themed challenges, all motivating the creation of more photos. Notably, Pixabay also offers extensive video and music libraries (which we discuss later).

3 things you should know about Edupunk

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There is also a belief that, just as the music industry of the late 1970s was stagnating, so the education system of the early 21st Century is in need of a reboot. Punk rock revitalised the 70s music scene and, say its adherents, Edupunk can do the same today with our tired education system. Photo by Steve Wheeler 3 things you should know about Edupunk by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Old technologies don't die

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Photo by Steve Wheeler We connect with each other and with information in many ways. You can see just about everyone in the photo is using a smartphone in some way. They are accessing information, listening to music, watching TV or a movie, perhaps making a call to a friend or family member. Teachers who are effective know that anything and everything can be used to create stimulating and creative learning environments.

50 years ago today.

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I didn't know it at the time but what I held in my hand would completely change my view on music. I played the tape expecting to hear some sort of brass band music, or other seemingly boring stuff, as represented by the instruments the musicians were clasping on the album cover. The revolutionary cover design was by the famed artist Peter Blake, but the music, written mainly by Paul McCartney and John Lennon , was even more revolutionary.

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Helping Students Find Identity Through Student Created Video

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He blogs regularly at about creative teaching and educational technology. We used some of the stock music in Camtasia as background so we didn’t infringe on any artists’ copyright. We used Creative Commons photos to fill in the gaps of photos that we didn’t have. We used to find these photos that weren’t protected by a standard copyright.

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A FOTE opportunity

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It was an exciting and thought provoking, well attended event which somehow resembled a TED talk, with its large stage, bright studio lighting, music and arena style seating. Photos by FOTE A FOTE opportunity by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 I greatly enjoyed attending the Future of Technology in Education (FOTE) conference at London University''s Senate Building last week.

Celebrate a teacher

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The second was Mr Domagne, an American educator who was my music and drama teacher in my last two years at school. Larry, as he wanted us all to call him, was a gifted musician and actor, who put on plays and musicals, and ran the school choir. Photo from Wikimedia Commons World Teachers Day by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Weapons of mass distraction

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Photo by Steve Wheeler Humans were once untethered, free to wander the world and explore at will. The multi-timbral nature of the smartphone gives it the capacity to capture our attention through a wide spectrum of attractions, from music and digital media, games, social media, dating sites, videos and live news streams. Weapons of mass distraction by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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There’s also a selection of royalty free music you can pick from – or upload your own – to give your video some personality. Spark lets you search the internet for images with a creative commons licence which you can use for free. Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app.

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Use your learning powers

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Bluebots and numbers The children quickly and enthusiastically got to grips with Makey Makey (where they made a piano keyboard out of grapes, and eventually musical instruments out of each other!), In fact they surprised us with the creative ways they found out for themselves, and made the technology do things we hadn't planned or considered.

Technology mediated society

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Photo source: Lyncconf Games on Flickr The rapid spread of the Coronavirus and the subsequent social lock-downs by many governments has meant that technology has been thrust to the forefront in many of our daily human activities.

Selfie number 6

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Amy has taken popular songs, rewritten the lyrics about specific periods in European history, and has then created new music videos for educational purposes. She is quirky, unpredictable, creative, mischievous, and she is not afraid to take risks - all characteristics I recognise in myself. She does this through her writing, videos, photography, artwork, live sketching (see Graffikon ), keynote speeches and her very popular workshops on creativity, making and learning.

Building a Middle School Flipped Classroom

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If this level of customization and efficiency is possible for shoes, clothes, music, phones, etc. The featured image for this post is creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by ptrlx. This is a guest post by Adam Coulter Johnson, math teacher in Birmingham, Ala. for the quarterly newsletter, The Learning Lounge. I teach math, and it may come as a surprise that I am not a detail-oriented person. Nor am I much for linear thinking.

Danger illustrated

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Then there was Maria von Trapp (played by Julie Andrews in the movie musical The Sound of Music. Photo from various sources to numerous to list here Danger illustrated by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Students often struggle with critical thinking. They are great at description, but ask them to move beyond this into critical analysis and they look at you and shrug.

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Our digital future 9: Omni-choice learning

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Photo by Loewe Technologies on unsplash There's plenty of hype about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential, future impact on society. Previous posts in this series: 1: Telecommunications 2: Classrooms 3: Music 4: Enhanced vision 5: Robot teachers? 6: Home learning 7: Work 8: Artificial Intelligence Our digital future: Omni-choice learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Teaching with Screencasts and Rapid Prototyping

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When you’re learning something new, you have a lessened ability to think creatively, problem solve, or abstract. Reflection on their work is also valuable for both the teacher and the student because it builds up common threads of discussion. Students can improvise on a theme in music or play with ingredients in Home Econ. The main idea is to remove barriers to creativity. How do you encourage students to be creative in their learning?

1. Pavlov's drooling dog

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Photo by Charles Deluvio on unsplash It wasn't so much the dogs. The dogs would associate the bell with classical music instead of food. Chekhov's smoking gun Pavlov's drooling dog by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 It was the bells. Those incessant ringing bells. Just like Quasimodo, Ivan Pavlov was probably maddened by the bells. Pavlov was interested in drooling.

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Creative Commons audio : good sites to get free audio for your courses. CCMixter , The Freesound Project , OpSound , Free Music Archive , and Jamendo. Musicshake and TuneAround are free tools that let you easily create your own music and soundtracks. Photo Resizer : use this application to quickly resize images to a specific resolution. You can find photos, illustrations, video clips, and some Flash files.

Vlogging and learning

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Many well known vlogs attract parodies, but these in themselves could be seen as original works, with creative merit of their own. In this statement I believe Amy means that vlogs can be just the start of self expression through video, and can be supplemented with music, animation, editing, remixing and a host of other additions which can enhance or even transform the messages found within them. Photo by Petar Miloševi?

From atoms to bits

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They have changed the way we listen to music, watch films and entertain ourselves with games, take photos, engage in dialogue, work and purchase everyday things. Photo from Wikimedia Commons From atoms to bits by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 One of the first books I ever read about digital media was Nicholas Negroponte''s Being Digital.

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Many pathways

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In MI, according to Gardner, there are at least nine discrete intelligences , including interpersonal, intra-personal, existential, spatial, mathematical, naturalistic and musical. This is number 12 in my series of short posts on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

The Red House opens

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The Red House houses PSCA - the newly established Plymouth School for the Creative Arts. Situated in the heart of Plymouth's drab dockland area of Millbay, it is a colourful haven for creativity and self expression. Some of the children performing at the Red House opening As leader of this creative community, Dave Strudwick has a progressive vision for the curriculum of the Red House. creativity education learning Plymouth PSCA Red House Technology

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Opening up #learning: Forms and formats

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Knowledge can be represented in many forms on the web including through still or moving image sequences, text and spoken words, music, and of course through hypertext. Photo by Tomomarusan on Wikimedia Commons Opening up #learning: new forms of knowledge by Steve Wheeler was written in Amsterdam, Holland is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Digital is default

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Image by Martin42 on Wikimedia Commons When I read Being Digital for the first time, way back in 1997, it slowly dawned on me that everything was about to change. Now, anyone could be their own publisher or producer, create an online learning space or a blog, share videos, photos, music - any content that could be digitised. Photo by CCMSharm2 on Wikimedia Commons What does it mean to be digital today?

Share trading

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Prior to the social web, public sharing wasn''t that common a theme. Later, you were able to share your photographs, and other content such as music or video with your friends and family, and see the content they shared with you. The arrival of Creative Commons licensing made free sharing a more attractive proposition for everyone. We teach our children that sharing is good. And yet as adults, we are more reluctant to share with each other. What''s mine is mine.

Our digital future 11: AI enhanced course design

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Photo by Andras Vas on unsplash Previous posts in this series have highlighted the importance of human intelligence and emotion in education. Previous posts in this series: 1: Telecommunications 2: Classrooms 3: Music 4: Enhanced vision 5: Robot teachers? We have traversed several emerging ideas, including the use of virtual teaching assistants (chatbots), ultra-personalised learning and machine intelligence, but the most important component in education is still the human element.

Stories without words

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On the second day of the project they assembled their images and videos together, added sound effects and music, and then presented their videos to their peers and the module tutors for feedback. students at Plymouth University Photo by Herby Thyme on Wikimedia Commons Stories without words by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 This week I gave my first year education students a new project.

All just a click away?

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Ever listened to a track and then delved deeper to discover the meaning behind the music? Photo from Public Domain Images All just a click away? by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Everything is just one click away. All knowledge, all learning, anything you want to know - can be found online.

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#40years of educational technology: Games

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Many of the best selling video games have been appropriated for classroom learning, including Guitar Hero (used to teach a number of curriculum subjects, not just music), Sim City (Maths), World of Warcraft (Literature) and Grand Theft Auto (remarkably, used to teach citizenship). It is clear that just about any video game can be appropriated to enhance education, and if the pedagogy is appropriate, exciting, creative and dynamic learning experiences can result.