Now that my students are getting more comfortable making online slideshows, they’re also getting more interested in including music (and sound effects) into their creations.

Some of the online slideshow sites listed in The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows already have music that can easily be incorporated into user-created slideshows, but with Flowgram you have to upload your own.  There are quite a few sites with royalty-free music available, and a great resource to identify a bunch of them is Mathew Needleman’s Royalty Free Music And Images post.

However, I’m also looking for the easiest and most accessible sites that can be used by an English Language Learner or anyone who is not particularly tech-savvy.  So I’ve pulled a few from Mathew’s list, and also included several additional ones.   Mathew’s list, though, continues to be one of the best ones around and I’d encourage you to check it out.

I don’t really give details about the sites I’m listing here because they’re all very similar — the music and sounds here are royalty-free and it’s just an easy matter of searching and downloading them.  Of course, credit should be given to the source when they’re used in online projects. I’ve also tried avoiding sites that have obvious content not appropriate for classroom use, but something might have slipped by me.

I also don’t believe that any of the sites here require any software download or registration.

Here are my choices for The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects:


Free Loops

Open Music Archive




Podsafe Audio

Purple Planet

Classic Cat

Musopen is the latest addition to this list.  It describes itself this way:

“Musopen is an online music library of copyright free (public domain) music… Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”

Public Domain 4 U has music available for download from before 1922 that is now in the public domain.

Bloomy lets you use Artificial Intelligence to create your own original music that you can use for free.  You need an invite, but I got one shortly after signing-up.




Free Sound Project

Absolute Sound Effects Archive

Sound Jay

Find Sounds is great. They don’t guarantee, though, that all their sounds are copyright free.

I’m adding Sound Bible to this list.  You can read a post at Free Tech For Teachers to learn about this excellent resource.


Mashable has just posted a great piece, 26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog.  I’ve already included here many of the resources they list.   However, they also listed some sites that are new to me.  I’m also sure that a ton of additional sources will be accumulating in their comments sections.  Because of that, for now, instead of just selectively adding some of their sites here, I’m just including a link to their whole post.

Cut MP3 Online is a web application that seems to let you easily edit MP3 files. Though I haven’t tried it yet, it seems to me that it could be very useful. I’m adding it here since it could be a useful companion to those other sites. Please let me know your experience if you try it out.

Jewelbeat looks like a neat place to get free music and sound effects. Vicki Davis recommends it, so you know it’s got to be good.

Free Music Directory comes from Socialbrite, and lists a number of sources of royalty-free…music.

YouTube Launches Free Audio Library With 150 Royalty-Free Tracks is a TechCrunch post about a definitely useful new resource at YouTube.

You might also be interested in these other “The Best…” lists:

The Best Music Websites For Learning English
The Best Online Sites For Creating Music
The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners
The Best Online Sources For Images

I’m also adding a direct link to Darren Draper’s excellent post (including additional resources) called The Educator’s Guide To The Creative Commons.

Richard Byrne writes about Free Play Music, a useful resource for education-related projects.

“Jukedeck” Is A Super-Simple Way To Create Royalty-Free Music For Online Projects

New Big Collection Of Free Music To Use With Facebook & Instagram Videos

ZapSplat – Thousands of Free Sound Effects is a post from Richard Byrne.

Richard Byrne writes, “Pixabay hosts public domain videos that you can download for free.”

The BBC just made 16,000 sound effects downloadable and usable. You can read more about it at Open Culture.

CC Hound and No Lick are new sites that offer music that can be used for free in presentations.

Fugue is a source of free music for videos.

Soundwhich offers free music and sound effects for use in online projects.

Benten Sound provides free music for your videos.

ZapSplat offers Free sound effects & royalty free music.

Evoke Music lets Artificial Intelligence create free music for you to use.

Unminus provides free music to be used in projects.

You can get free music to use in videos at YouTube’s audio library.

Royalty free music weekly is from Use My Sound.

My Two Go-to Places for Free Sound Effects and Music is from Richard Byrne.

You can get free music to use in presentations at Uppbeat.

As always, feedback is welcome.

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