Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Using Music on the Web

Hi everyone,

Wow. There is a lot more to using music on the web than I had originally thought. Music is copyrighted and so can't be used unless there is written permission. Royalty free music is licensed under Creative Commons agreement and so it is possible to use this music without getting into trouble. INCOMPETECH is a great website for royalty free music. MacLeod (2009) explains the his reasons for creating royalty free music on INCOMPETECH; "The cost for me to share music is low, and the benefits are high. There are a lot of schools with no money, and plenty of film makers who want to have music - but can't afford to clear copyrights from the existing systems that are set up... If your art isn't experienced by people, it serves no purpose in society." 

It is possible to easily download music from the INCOMPETECH site. Music can be incorporated into so many aspects of the curriculum. It can be used to enhance powerpoints, clips, animations and slides. Music can be used for dancing and movement lessons. Learners could participate in sing-a-longs. During some stages of the day, music could be incorporated into a writing activity or a maths activity. Learners could have music played during change-over times so they would know when to pack up. Statues could be included as a quick game. Learners could listen to the 'Brain Connections' song and do the movement related to it. Music Smart learners are catered for when adding music to any aspect of learning experience (Birmingham City Council. 2002-2009).

As a lifelong learning manager I will need to be ready to learn, develop new skills and abilities around new technologies as they emerge, and evaluate them for ease of use and fitness for purpose. The best way to accomplish this is to develop a community of practice where you share what you learned and learn from others. This is related to the connectivism theory (Siemens, 2004).




Birmingham City Council. (2002-2009). Multiple Intelligences.Retrieved August 9, 2009, from 

MacLeod, K. (2009). Incompetech. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from

Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from

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