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M.U.S.I.C. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) publicly supported organization. We promote the educational use of songs by teachers in all subject areas hence, extending the use and study of songs beyond traditional General Music programs. Songs are a timeless expression of the human experience. They capture the history of events, ideas, and people that have shaped our pluralistic society. Song lyrics are an excellent teaching tool that will engage, excite and motivate young people. The creative process of analyzing and interpreting song lyrics helps students to develop essential research, writing, critical thinking, and media literacy skills.

This arts integration program helps young citizens to develop critical skills, essential for participation in a modern democratic society. In a broader sense, we are promoting art and media based education as means of "reaching" the growing number of disadvantaged or at-risk youth through performance projects and powerful learning experiences. Song-based lessons, projects, and activities are tools that will enable educators to create opportunities for all students to experience success in the classroom. Concurrently, student self-image and self-esteem will increase as they begin to view themselves as competent and capable learners. All students can learn, but first you must get their attention.

Johnathan Chase, President
Musicians United For Songs In The Classroom, Inc.

M.U.S.I.C. Board of Directors

( Past Directors )

Dennis N. Banks, Ph.D. Department of Secondary Education, SUNY, College at Oneonta
Mike Shaw, President Sales & Marketing ABC Television Network
Jean Palmer-Moloney, Ph.D. Department of Geography, Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University


( 2008-11 )

Penny Seeger, Director, Otsego County Office of Employment and Training

John W. Scott, Editor, Folksong In The Classroom

Sandra McKane  Past Chair, Department of Music, Hartwick College / Director, Oneonta Service Learning Project
Barry P. Warren, Ph.D., Center for Economic & Community Development, SUNY, College at Oneonta
Johnathan Chase,  Middle School Teacher, Edmeston Central School, Founder and President, M.U.S.I.C. Inc.

Timothy McKane,  English/Language Arts Teacher, Oneonta Middle School

Honorable Mention; Casey Barduhn, Brian Burgess, Maureen Christensen, Norm Hait, Scott Stone, Tom Potter and Chris Chase.


In Development...( Fall/Winter 2012 )

Learning From Lyrics, 3rd Edition - The Stories Behind The Songs.

The song reference guide provides a Directory of recommended songs along with detailed descriptions of learning activities and instructional strategies for incorporating contemporary songs into a variety of subject areas including; Mathematics, Economics, Geography, Public Policy, Health, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Psychology, Political Science, Science, Social Studies, and Sociology. The text also provides project guides, rate sheets and rubrics for assessing student portfolios and/or performance projects. Additionally, you will find numerous student exemplars, including essays and visual art.

Check out sample chapters of this interdisciplinary popular music reference guide by clicking here.




We also provide Learning From Lyrics Seminars for educators. Our presenters are certified teachers who can design and customize staff development sessions to meet the specific educational needs of your school and/or district. We offer full, half-day, and hourly workshops covering a wide variety of topics and subject areas including; arts integration, media literacy, portfolio assessment, new learning standards, critical thinking skills, performance assessment, document based questions, standardized testing, rubrics, constructed response questions, alternative assessments, extended tasks, interdisciplinary curriculum , and team teaching.


To view a list of past conferences/seminars and future dates, click here.


If you would like more information about our teacher workshops and professional development programs please contact:

M.U.S.I.C., Inc.
83 Ford Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 432 - 8128

Individual donations are also welcome. Thanks for your support.

In The News



December 27, 2011 NYSUT From The Blog – Social studies: it’s what he does

September 9, 2011 Guest Post: A 9/11 Tribute – Learning Through Lyrics


January 12, 2010 ServiceNation Blog: Change Wire "A Video To inspire Volunteerism"


March 29, 2009 New York Teacher "How to reach and inspire tech-savvy kids"


April 2008 – M.U.S.I.C. Project Story - Once Upon A School

February 2nd interview along with Sara Westbrook – Air America Radio’s On The Real With Chuck D

Spring 2008 Issue of Teaching Tolerance - Classroom Activities: Music and Lyrics


Summer 2007 MiddleWeb; Of Particular Interest; " School Starter: ‘If Everyone Cared’ "


December, 2006 – TeachersCount “Best of the Web”

July 3, 2006 An Inconvenient Truth BLOG - “The Truth Isn’t So Inconvenient for Kids”

April 26, 2006 The Daily Star  "Teacher uses lyrics for history lessons "

April 26, 2006 Elton John World - Latest News:  “Sitting in The Classroom”


March 11, 2005 "Stories Behind the Songs" PEN Weekly NewsBlast


Fall 2004, "Featured Site" - K-12 Resources For Music Educators


January 6, 2003 The Daily Star "Parents must get involved in schools"

March, 2003 Media Spotlight "Why Use Media?"


Summer 2002 MiddleWeb; Of Particular Interest; "Memorials: An 8th Grade Performance Project "

May 22, 2002 New York Teacher "Was Middle-level rhetoric a tragicomedy?"

July 13, 2002 The Daily Star "Quality is not equal across the state"

October 18, 2002 The Daily Star "After-school programs important"

November 20, 2002 techLEARNING "Site of the Day"

Fall 2002 New Horizons for Learning Online Journal, Excerpt from Learning From Lyrics; 2nd Edition


August 19, 2001 New York Daily News Article; "Schoolhouse Rock"


November, 2000 "Featured Site of the Month" Kentucky Department of Education

December 14, 2000 "Site of the Day" New York Times Learning Network


The Kennedy Center; ARTSEDGE: Learning From Lyrics

April 21, 1999 New York Teacher Article; "Breaking Boundaries"

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