In a shameless attempt to share the ever growing list of free e-learning tools on my resources page, I thought that I would create an occasional ‘Delicious moments’ post. The purpose of my post is to remind us all of the myriad of wonderful tools that are available for us to use. It is also a plea to not continually follow the new, there is so much great stuff that already exists, that we could probably spend several lifetimes using all that does already. This occasional post is also aimed at bringing awareness to my delicious account and the links that I place there, not all of those links are on my resources page, so you need to visit both. Finally, the ‘Delicious moments’ posts are a chance for me to trawl through a range of the tools I have collected and collate them into similar groups. This first post is music, not a strength of mine, but I am sure that there are many of you out there who will be able to make more of these tools than I ever could.
Freeplay music: this site has thousands of tracks from different genre’s that are free for school use. Please take the time to read their licensing page, as you can not publish their music in any capacity other than for school based activities. Despite this, this is a great resource for schools and students to use.
Listen music: This tool allows you to search thousands of music artists, even really obscure stuff, find their back catalogues, sample some tracks from albums and even listen to whole albums in some cases. The site links you to the appropriate download sites to purchase the music and also has links to the biographies of the artists, album art and lyrics for every song. A great site.
Mynah: This is one of the suite of tools in the Aviary collection. This tool is rather like Garageband in look and feel with pre-recorded loops for you to experiment with, multi track recording and mixing capabilities, except that this tool is on the net, enabling anywhere working and entirely platform independent.
Audiotool: This tool must be the best music creation tool on the net. It allows you to create and mix your own music, generated from a range of tools that you select and plug in, complete with cables. Each tool looks and operates like its real life counterpart, enabling great levels of control and creativity for your students.
There are many other tools for music creation and recording in my various repositories of data, I hope that this has whetted your appetite for more and to take some time to look through the lists and in the first instance spend some time with the four above.