Astrid Bovell on July 4th, 2012
Continuing on my theme of music, let’s talk about using music for teaching.
Between the Copyright Act and the University’s Music Licence, there is quite a lot we can do with music for teaching, so let’s go over some things you might be wondering if you can do…
*Play music in class?
Yes, you can play CD’s, tapes, records, DVD’s, podcasts and broadcasts. BUT, you cannot play music from iTunes (this is in their licensing agreement).
*Record lectures that feature music?
You can, if the music is from a broadcast. Digitial Media Solutions can assist in sourcing broadcast material. If the music you’re using isn’t from a broadcast, it gets a bit trickier.
If the music isn’t from a broadcast source, and the lecture’s recorded by lecture capture, you’ll need to ask the Lecture Capture team to edit out the music before making it available on the LMS because we can’t make musical works available for download. Alternatively, you can leave the music in the recording, so long as you stream the lecture rather than make it available for download.
You could provide a copy of the lecture with the music on a CD, DVD or thumb drive and give copies to your students.
If none of those options work for you, we can seek permission from the copyright owner for you.
*Make sound recordings available for students to listen to on the LMS?
Yes, but only if it the sound recordings are streamed. Digitial Media Solutions provide a music server for streaming music called Subsonic which can be linked to from your LMS page. Contact Digitial Media Solutions to arrange for music to be made available on Subsonic.
If streaming is not suitable for your needs, contact us as we can work with you to try and find an alternative.
*Make musical scores available for students on the LMS?
The Act allows you to put up10% of the work but you can copy more if the work is out of print or out of copyright. Again, we can seek permission on your behalf to make a musical score available on the LMS.
*Put up the lyrics to a musical work on the LMS?
Similar rules apply to lyrics as to musical scores and in most cases, we will need permission from the copyright owner. Alternatively, if you can find a legitimate copy of the lyrics available on a website, you could provide a link to the lyrics.
*Create a listening test?
Sure can! You can create an online listening test using Subsonic (talk to Digitial Media Solutions) or you can create a listening test on a CD, DVD or thumb drive.
There are specific provisions in the Copyright Act that apply to exam and test questions. Contact us and we can advise you further.
*Ask students to put music to film/film to music?
Students are able to synchronise music and film under Fair Dealing for Study and Research, which means, they can do it for assessment purposes and it can be played in class, but it can’t be made available on the LMS, emailed, broadcast or performed in public. The only exception to this would be if the student has composed their own music and have permission from the director of the film (either directly or through a Creative Commons licence).
Of course, if these options don’t work, contact us to discuss your needs and we’ll find a solution.