Free music and Sound effects to use in classroom projects such as video making, game making, podcasts, stop motion videos, presentations etc. are fairly easy to find on the Internet but beware of allowing children to use their favourite pop music, or now music, from the web as most of it will be copyright.
The Free Music Archive is a very useful music resource,
“The Free Music Archive offers free downloads under Creative Commons and other licenses. We also offer a very large repository of free birthday songs you can use in your projects”. (Free Music Archive)
The content on Free Music Archive is offered with various Creative Commons licenses, click on the License button to show the following menu:
Public domain is clearly absolutely safe but CC BY and CC BY SA will usually be okay so long as children learn to say where they have come from and accredit the composer. The CC License Guide at the bottom right of that menu gives a really clear breakdown of what those different licences mean.
Sound effects are always useful for video work, so the SoundBible site is a great place to find individual sounds which are offered freely. “ Downloads are totally free and upfront with large download buttons to prevent confusion.” (SoundBible)
These three sets from SoundBible are likely to be very useful in schools:
Many more common sound effects are available from SoundGator to help in finding free downloadable sound recordings. There are twenty-four categories including: beeps, drinking, fire, crowds, vehicles and sports sound effects. You do need to register on SoundGator in order to download recordings but after registering, teachers could download a mass of recordings ready for children to use in their projects.
It would be useful to have free music and sound effects websites bookmarked because you can very easily find yourself needing something quickly, without much available time to search. Moreover, we need to always be sure that children are using safe sounds.