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Free Sources of Sound effects and Music for Video Projects

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Check out the education page on Royalty Free Music. As an educator you can request to use music free of charge for student projects.  It takes some persistence but it is worth the effort if you have a specific piece of music in mind.  I once contacted Imogene Heap successfully to get permission for a student to use her music in their video.  It became an international prize winner that earned the student a trip to Italy.

The Internet Archive hosts an extensive collection of music and other audio recordings that you can download for free. Students  need to look at the usage rights closely when they find things on the Internet Archive. Not everything that is available to download for free is eligible to be reused for free.

Sound Bible is a resource for finding and downloading free sound clips, sound effects, and sound bites. All of the sounds on Sound Bible are either public domain or labeled with a Creative Commons license. You can find sounds for use in podcasts, videos, slideshows, or other multimedia creations.

SoundGator offers free sound recording downloads. There are twenty-three recording categories that you can browse through to find the perfect sound for your project. You do have to register on SoundGator in order to download recordings. After registering you can download recordings directly to your computer to re-use in your projects.

The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses.

Be sure to check out the various Creative Commons licenses and the rights and obligations of each.

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