Yes, you may play music or other sound recordings in the classroom for educational or training purposes as long as it is a legal, commercial copy. and there is not a technological measure preventing you from accessing the material.
If you want to use music for non-educational purposes for example, for background music at a conference or in an athletic facility, a licence must be obtainied from the copyright collective SOCAN.
Section 32.2(3) of the Copyright Act permits the public perfomance of music in educational institutions, without permission or payment of royalties, if it is:
"in furtherance of a religious, educational or charitable object"
The performance must take place on the premises of the institution, must be for edcuational or training purposes, must not be for profit and must take place before an audience consisting primarily of students of the institution.
The following information is reproduced directly from Copyright Matters!: Some Key Questions & Answers for Teachers, 3rd edition by Wanda Noel & Jordan Snel. Although the information is directed to the K-12 market, it can equally be applied to postsecondary.
"The following uses of live and recorded music are permitted by the Copyright Act and therefore do not require permission and payment:
The following uses of live and recorded music are not permitted by the Copyright Act and therefore require permission and payment:
Yes, under Section 29.5 of the Copyright Act, live performances are not an infringement of copyright if done on the premises of an educational institution for educational or training purposes and not for profit, before an audience consisting primarily of students of the educational institution, instructors acting under the authority of the educational institution or any person who is directly responsible for setting a curriculum for the educational institution.
Seneca Libraries (2014 June, 16). [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuwsCPfd4dk
Justin Trudeau Singing Work by Rihanna
CBC Music (2016 March, 9). [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFTA0qHcswk
If Permission is Required:
For the majority of circumstances, the copyright collective, SOCAN, can provide licences to educational institutions at costs as outlined on their website.
However a copyright collective cannot provide licences for the following uses:
Noel, W. & Snel, J. (2012). Copyright Matters!: Some Key Questions & Answers for Teachers. 3rd ed. CMEC,