Music can take your video from boring to amazing (in fact, it’s the secret to how to grow your YouTube channel). Thankfully, learning how to to add music to iMovie is super easy.

If you’re creating a video in iMovie on your computer and want to add music or sound effects to your video, we’ve got you covered! It is super easy and takes just a couple minutes and we’ll walk you through how to do it step-by-step in our visual guide.

Import music and audio to iMovie

First, open up iMovie on your computer.

Next, either click Create New to create a new project, or select a project you’ve already started working on.

Create a new project in iMovie

Once you’re in your project, you’ll be able to add your media files, such as photos, audio (like music or sound effects), or videos.

Add music to iMovie from YouTube or your files

After you’ve downloaded your music or audio files from YouTube or another site (like Thematic), go back to your iMovie project.

Click the Add Media button (highlighted in blue in the below example).

How to import media to iMovie

This will open up a window where you can browse your computer to select the music and media files that you would like to add to your project.

Click on the files you would like to add and then click either Import Selected (if you have selected one file) or Import All (if you have selected multiple files). This button will show in blue once at least one file has been selected.

Select Media to Import in iMovie

You will now see the imported music files in your project’s My Media tab.

Song File in iMovie

You can also add music to iMovie by simply dragging it into the iMovie project window. Just open up your Finder window, select the song or media file, and click and drag it into your Media tab in iMovie to add it to your project’s files.

Drag song file into iMovie

Add music to iMovie from iTunes

Another way to add music to your project is to select Audio from the navigation bar to load songs from your iTunes library.

Once you have your song and video files loaded, you’re ready to start editing (this is the fun part).

Add a song to your video in iMovie

To add the song to your video, select the file from your My Media or Audio tab. Then drag it into your video editor.

From there, you can start your editing! You can line up the audio with your video, adjust the stop/start times, fade in and out, and so much more. I suggest trying out the different tools to get familiar. Before you know it, you’ll be creating tons of videos.

👉 Pro Tip: We suggest trying out and playing with the different editing options in iMovie so you know what tools you would like to use.

Video tutorial of how to add music to iMovie:

Thematic creator Slay The Renee’ Way demonstrates how to easily add music to iMovie projects in her “HOW I EDIT MY YOUTUBE VIDEOS USING IMOVIE” video:

She also has a bunch of tips & tricks of how to edit videos in iMovie, so definitely check out her full video!

How To Get Free Royalty Free Music for YouTube Videos with Thematic

Thankfully, you can get all the best copyright free music for YouTube videos right here at Thematic. It’s totally free and keeps your videos claim and copyright free.

Thematic is the go-to source to get free aesthetic music for your YouTube videos. That’s right, Thematic provides free copyright free music for YouTube videos.

Thematic Music: Free Music for YouTube Videos

The best thing is, you can use the music from Thematic forever, worldwide, and no matter how many (or few) followers you have. In addition, you can even use the music in sponsored or branded content with no problems!

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite aesthetic songs to soundtrack your YouTube videos here. You can find songs from Fiji Blue, ninjoi., frumhere & kevatta, and so many more great artists.

The best part is, creating an account on Thematic is totally free and you get to keep 100% of your ad revenue with our claim-free experience. Just click the button below to sign-up and get started.

✅ Looking for more free creator tools and resources? Visit Thematic’s Creator Toolkit for additional resources on creating content – including thumbnail and channel art templates, best practices, and of course, great royalty free songs to use in your videos for free with Thematic.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you create.


We hope you find this guide on how to add music to iMovie helpful. You’re on your way to creating an awesome video and we can’t wait to see it.

Looking for more creator tools and resources? Visit Thematic’s Creator Toolkit for additional resources on creating content – including starting a YouTube channel, thumbnail and channel art templates, best practices, and of course, great royalty free songs to use in your videos for free with Thematic.