8 Free Sound Libraries for Schools

sound librariesLooking for music or sound effects to enhance a digital project? Here are some sites offering free downloads that are legal for use in any educational, non-commercial application.
Caution: Some sound collections may contain sounds inappropriate for school use. Discuss with students before using these libraries to confirm their understanding of suitable content.

SoundBible

  • comprehensive list of free sound effects, download in wav or mp3 format
  • may contain sounds not appropriate for school use

Flash Kit

  • has search feature, an easy index to browse through, and lists length of sound
  • it is not obvious how to download – right click the sound and pick Save As

Free Sound Effects.com

  • download button is clear, there is a choice of mp3 or wav
  • even though there are better quality “Pro Sound Effects” to purchase, the list of “Free Sound Effects” is on the first page – scroll down to see them

freeSFX

  • searchable, lists sound length, download button is obvious
  • only mp3 sound format

SeaWorld Animal Sounds

  • safe for young children, click on the animal image to hear the sound or click on the name to see animal facts
  • limited choice, must right click to download

Freeplay Music

  • music is free for use in education, high quality, can search by music mood
  • must create an account and login to download

Partners in Rhyme

  • huge collection, scroll down to Free Resources to find Free Sound Effects or Free Royalty Free Music
  • easy to confuse free downloads with Royalty Free Music which must be purchased

Free Music Archive

  • library of free legal audio downloads, can search by genre, preview and download buttons are clear and easy to see
  • length of music and size file are not listed

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About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.