The session is framed by research on the positive effects of structured and unstructured music engagement on student well-being and learning. The Beats and Lyrics series is about student empowerment and academic engagement. Texas State University’s School of Social Work, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and TRIO are a few of the collaborators along with teaching artists that help use music as a pathway to learning and growth. All programs will find the presentation useful. The goal is to build on the work and well being.