It took us some experimenting to realize the following about background music in the videos. Background music throughout an entire video is neither negative or positive for student experience by itself. It becomes negative or positive in a specific context. In our experience, having it throughout a video that does not really require a deep understanding, but simply requires students to 'look and repeat,' is just fine. In fact, students appreciate that because it makes the video less boring and more vibrant. It has a positive effect,. However, if the video requires more than just repeating a task and actually requires understanding (e.g. explaining a formula), then it's best to remove all background music since it hinders the understanding process. It all depends on context.
Here are some tip for background music which we want to share and maybe they help you:
Thanks, this is very helpful. I tried some auto-generated music several years ago, but got some complaints.
And in an 8.5 hour course, using some 2 minute royalty free clip on continuous loop does not sound like the best approach.
Do you have suggestions on where to get longer clips of, as you say, soft piano jazz elevator music?
Auto generated would be best. Royalty free would be better, but I'd be willing to pay a moderate amount if I could get something that work for my whole course.
Thanks so much,
Yep, using that 2 minute loop isn't going to make happy campers. You have a whole bunch of options actually, most under 100 USD that allow you actually access to thousands of songs for a variety of videos. For instance, artlist.io is an example. However it is just an example, I really do not want to portray them as somehow the best one among all, since I haven't tried all. You can also consider just buying specially made for you tracks on fiverr.com This is nice if you want to make a special intro or jingle just for you. Artists on fiverr cover the whole spectrum, from super expensive to very affordable depending on how much social proof they have and their skills.
Bets of luck!