Finding and Saving Your Music

Instructor: Amy Johnson

Grade Level: Middle Ages 6th-8th, High Grades 9th-12th

Media: computer, usb drive

Time: 1-hour long session(s)

TLW define royalty free music.
TLW select and save appropriate music for their Claymation..

Step 1: The teacher will introduce this as the 5th lesson in the Origins of Animation unit. S/he will review previous vocabulary in the unit. The teacher will introduce this lesson as an endeavor in finding background music for their Claymation videos.

Step 2: The teacher will define royalty free music for students. S/he will explain that students are required to find and use royalty free music only for this portion of the project. Many students will be disappointed at this news and the teacher is to stress the legality of using royalty free music as opposed to commercial music. Many students will argue that many videos etc. on the internet utilize commercial music without repercussions. This provides an excellent opportunity for the teacher to discuss the legality of using what is and what is not ours with regards to the internet and life.

Step 3:
The teacher will hand-out the “How To Find Music for Your Claymation” worksheet. Using a DLP projector s/he will review the worksheet with the students. S/he will spend the most time demonstrating to students how to interface with and how to download and save their files to their usb drives.

Step 4: Students will have the remaining in-class time to research, find, and download music for their claymations.

-dlp projector

Royalty Free Music: There are many applications for which music must be licensed, such as for use in video and multimedia production, but the traditional payment structure (in which a royalty is charged for each usage) would be cumbersome or more costly. Royalty-free music libraries originally addressed this by offering music that could be purchased for (in most cases) a one-time fee and then be used by the purchaser as many times as needed.
For example: If a piece of royalty-free music was purchased to be used on a multimedia CD project, it would not matter if one CD or 100,000 CDs were produced - the purchase fee would be exactly the same.
However, users of royalty-free music have found this is now often not the case. Several independent libraries were brought out by larger businesses that have altered the basic meaning of the term.
A number of companies sharply restrict the number of copies that may be manufactured without additional fees coming due, generally under five thousand units. Some allow "free" usage only for productions that will be aired on broadcast stations that pay BMI/ASCAP/SESAC royalty fees, and the producer is required to regualrly file cue sheets reporting the broadcasts. Productions aired on outlets not signatory to such agreements, or shown in public performance (such as motions pictures in theaters) may be required to pay other additional fees.
Precise details of the payment structure and the extent of the rights granted vary from library to library, as specified in a license agreement.

-DLP Projector
-Overhead Projector

CHECKLIST (all must be checked-off, grade is a pass/fail)
  1. Find Royalty Free Music?
  2. Download Royalty Free Music to USB drive?