Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive

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The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of legal audio downloads founded by Freeform radio station WFMU.  In addition to enjoying and downloading free music, site visitors can set up their own accounts, make profiles, become friends with other listeners, create and share mixes of FMA music, and write posts on their personal blogs.

All music you’ll find here is free, meaning that it is available for you to download at no cost. What else you’re allowed to do with the music varies depending on the license that’s associated with each track.  Currently, there are six “CC” licenses, which allow varying degrees of use and impose varying requirements on users. To achieve this diversity of options while keeping things relatively simple, CC mixes and matches four key license terms: Attribution, NonCommercial (“NC”), NoDerivatives (“ND”), and ShareAlike (“SA”). [1]


Earn Your Stripe!

To earn your badge, follow these steps:

  1. Attach a file that shows you have used one of these images.
  2. In the textbox, explain how you have incorporated this into your classroom.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • N/A
  • If the teacher utilizes Free Music Archives to enhance lessons with auditory media
  • If the students utilize Free Music Archives to demonstrate learning with auditory media
  • N/A

Alignment to the ISTE Standards and to SAMR is intended to help teachers understand the roles these technologies have in creating learning experiences. They are not meant to be concrete classifiers. Any other suggestions on the alignment of these may be forwarded to the Instructional Tech Dept. ISTE Standards for Students, ©2016, ISTE® (International Society for Technology in Education), All rights reserved.


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