About a month ago YouTube launched a great resource for educators. They added a music library from which you can preview and download background music for movies, projects and general use. The policies for this library of music allow you to use them for creative purposes as they are Royalty Free. From the Google Blog:
Any YouTube creator now has access to more than 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks you can use for free, forever, for any creative purpose (not just YouTube videos). You’ll find a link to the library in your video manager and you can browse the tracks by mood, genre, instrument and duration. The tracks can be downloaded as 320 Kbps MP3 files."
The library can be found that this site. I listened to a few of the tracks found and could instantly think of some great classroom connections. There is no doubt that some of the best videos are made even better because of the music track beneath the video. YouTube explores just that in their blog post about this new resource. I am wondering what creative educators and their students making use of these soundtracks might be able to use.