Royalty-free sound-effects and music for multimedia presentations

Schools are often looking for royalty-free sound-effects and music for multimedia presentations – music or sound effects which pupils and staff can use in their videos, stop-motion animations, online or Powerpoint presentations.  And of course they wish to ensure that they are not infringing the rights of others so look for free sources of music and sound effects where permission to use for school projects has been granted by the creators.

The following sources have been identified as providing free music or sound effects for school use.  Each source sets out the terms of use, which is always a good idea to check to ensure the planned use matches the allowed uses.  Most of these sites listed grant the rights for free for any use (main exceptions being that they don’t want anyone to use the material to bring their site into disrepute).  Some ask that you provide a mention of the source in your work, and it’s always a good idea to credit the source of material you use.  A credit at the end of a video, or as text beside the player on a webpage, is a nice thing to do anyway but also is handy for later reference to remind yourself where you found the material.  Do remember it’s always a good idea to check the terms of use. FreeSFX – music tracks are free for you to use in your projects be it commercial or non-commercial. The site asks that you check the associated Licence for each track and abide by the terms giving credit where required. Music created in a very wide range of styles by Kevin MacLeod.  This includes music arranged by category such as horror, jazz, rock, reggae, etc.  All that is requested is that users add a credit  such as where the project has only music from Kevin in it you credit it as "Music: Kevin MacLeod".  If your project has many pieces from different people, you credit Kevin as "(name of the pieces of music you are using) Kevin MacLeod (".  If you’d like to include the full license for legal reasons, you can do the following: "Title Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"" Free Royalty Free Music Loops and Sound Effects to download and use in your commercial projects, podcasts, websites and videos.  You can download and use these free music loops in any any commercial multimedia project but you cannot re-sell individually or as a collection or as a ringtone, nor post on a website for download as we are doing here, nor mix into your own music and then redistribute it as your own.  You may use these music loops in a Flash animation or in any other commercial multimedia presentation including TV and Film.  In return for the use of these free royalty free music loops you are only asked that you please give Partners In Rhyme a link on your website or blog. Free Music and Sound Effects. Use these free music tracks and free sound effects for any production – advertising, education, videos, photos, YouTube…etc. These music tracks can be looped seamlessly and repeated to create a longer music track for your projects. You only need to link to jewelbeat website from yours with credit text as follows: “Music by JewelBeat. Download your free music and free sound effects at” The Free Music Archive is a library of high-quality, legal audio downloads of music in a wide variery of music styles.  Every mp3 music file can be listened to prior to download and by clicking on the title of each file you can see the permisisions and credit text to use as a requirement for download and free use in your classroom projects. The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs.  All audio content you download from the freesound project is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license. This means that if you use the files you need to attribute the creator of the file (i.e. say who made it). There is an easily editable page which you can use to do this at is the encyclopedia of free sound clips which offers free and royalty free sounds for use in your videos, animations, games, and presentations. The free sounds are available under the Creative Commons Attribution, or Public Domain License.

Click here for more sources of sounds on the MrsLedTech site collected by Beth Lisowski. is a site with a host of sound effects uploaded by users which can be downloaded for use in projects.

Smartboards and Audio Resources is a post by James Hollis which provides links to a variety of sources of sound effects for use in education projects – each with descriptions. In addition there are links to tools which will show how to convert these files for use elsewhere (such as with SMART Notebook software for the Smartboard).

Big Sound Bank – A royalty-free sounds library created by Joseph Sardin of free to use recordings. Sound effects, ambiences, soundscapes and atmospheres, each available for free download for use in projects, and each available in a variety of formats including mp3, wavm aiff, m4a and more. A neat feature when being used in a classroom is that each sound download has a pictorial illustration beside it, along with a full description of the recorded sound.


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