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Free Music and Audio Resources for School Video Projects

Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0114aMusic in student video productions can be used to create or support mood or tone, to suggest feelings that build and guide our viewing experience. As we help students make school video projects one of our concerns should be to make sure that students are using and crediting media appropriately. Here’s an example of a short documentary video about Mill Springs Grist Mill that uses music by Kevin MacLeod for adding a sad charm to the description of the 1817 mill and its possible closing.

To avoid copyright infringement students should learn to use media in their projects that…

  • they make themselves.
  • they acquire from others to use with permission (usually a listed credit/attribution).
  • they acquire from the web that’s copyright-free or in public domain (never been copyrighted or copyright has expired).
  • you buy for them for specific use in student projects (check to see if projects can then be shared online or just in the classroom).

One of the best sources for free-to-use music is, the website of professional composer Kevin MacLeod. Mr. MacLeod offers an extensive collection of creative music in many styles that can be downloaded and used for free in school or home multimedia projects. The only thing he requires is that he be given credit for his work. MacLeod’s site is additionally useful for educators because it has a clear explanation of licensing for crediting his music; Creative Commons licensing has become a popular alternative to standard copyrighting of media as it allows the sharing of one’s work for others’ use while still retaining certain rights and restrictions. To make things easy, MacLeod’s site also includes an online crediting tool that provides text that can be cut-and-pasted into a production’s credit list! Here’s an example from the website…incompetech_crediting2

Another media producer and voice-over talent, Jason McCoy, has published a very useful blog article on How to Find Free Music for Videos. It includes information on best-practices for using media in non-commercial/school projects, along with many online resources for music and audio effects. Jason’s site also has several demo recordings of his voice-over work that are excellent examples of a variety of professionally-made voice projects.DSC_0139

There are other free-to-use-with-credit media sites available for music and sound effects. Search online for “public domain music” or “creative commons music” to find more sites such as the excellent MusOpen website, which also houses music teaching resources.

Media Depot: New Multimedia Service for UK Student Projects

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET


Media Depot administrator Kirk Laird and UK Media Arts student Kevin Angel (l-r)

The Media Depot is the University of Kentucky’s new multimedia production service center for students who need a place to make video projects or practice presentations for classes. Housed in a basement tech-services area of U.K.’s W.T. Young library called “The Hub,” Media Depot administrator Kirk Laird has assembled an excellent set of multimedia production resources in an accessible and supportive environment students should find fun and useful.

I met Kirk when he attended our annual KET Multimedia PD Days event for educators this last July. Soon after, he sent me a link to an interesting test video made by the lab to document a dramatic UK science experiment — not to be tried at home. Their video utilizes slo-motion features of the GoPro Hero camera (cue to 1:20 min. for the hot stuff), a popular ultra-portable camcorder many use for stunt and special videography. Justin Allen, a KET video producer, also used a Hero cam suspended from a quadcopter to capture an aerial intro shot for the 2013 Fancy Farm political speech event TV special that aired on KET this last August.

One of my favorite things to do for the MediaWorks blog is to feature schools doing interesting and innovative things in media production, and it was a pleasure to meet with Kirk Laird for a tour of the new UK Media Depot. An unexpected bonus from my visit was also meeting Kevin Angel (pictured above and below), who happened to be checking-out the new resources for himself. Kevin, a Media Arts student at UK, quickly impressed us as a young man focused on moving toward a career in media production. His business card has a link to his website, which displays some of his generation’s interests in an example reel of some creative and understated video projects.


UK’s Media Depot is a good resource for students like Kevin who are looking for an excellent campus media production facility in which to build class projects or prepare for in-class presentations. See the Media Depot website for more information and how to schedule its use. From the online introduction: “The Media Depot is funded by the Student Technology Fee and is a collaboration between Academic Planning, Analytics and Technologies (APAT) and UK Libraries and is in support of the QEP, Presentation U.”



KET School Video Project – Student Health: Growing Up Well

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET



Kentucky public and private schools:  Please upload student-produced videos to our website for the current KET School Video Project — Student Health: Growing Up Well.

We’re looking for videos that show how students can become healthier, happier, and more productive through development of healthy habits and by making good choices.

All Kentucky public, private, and homeschools who upload a video to us by Friday, November 22, 2013, will automatically be entered in a prize drawing on Monday, November 25 for an iPad Mini. We’ll email the winning school representative and post the winner on the project webpage.

If you need assistance in uploading or have any questions, please call or email Jeff Gray, KET Ed. Div., at; 800-432-0951, 859-258-7263.

So please send us some creative, student health-related videos to share online as an educational resource, and maybe you’ll win an iPad Mini! See more information at the project webpage.

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