VH1 schedules innovative educational programming for music educators the first Tuesday of every month at 4 am (ET/PT). Specially crafted for classroom use, VH1 Music Studio programming offers a fresh new way to watch music television, through original series and specials that celebrate the tradition of modern music. Please link on the program titles below for lesson plans and descriptions to past programming.


Lesson Plans from September 2003 - January 2005

Behind the Music

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This series which debuted in August 1997 offers an intimate look into the personal lives of musical artists as well as the provocative and often controversial issues and trends shaping the world of music. Through exclusive interviews with the artists, family members, friends and colleagues, each one-hour episode traces the struggles and triumphs of artists who have made a major contribution to the music world.


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The greatest singers and songwriters play their music and tell the stories behind their greatest songs on Storytellers, VH1's music performance series. Each one-hour episode takes viewers behind the scenes with a single artist, such as Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, and James Taylor, and features musical performances and the first-hand stories behind the performer's hits and sentimental favorites.

Road To Fame

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The program takes the viewer on a personal journey from small towns to big cities from school teachers and family to screaming fans everywhere. Through the words of the artists themselves- we’ll hear about the importance of music in their lives- and the musical paths they each took to achieve success. VH1 will go back to their schools to revisit the music teachers and the stages where they first performed. VH1 will find out if their talents were already in bloom before they were really discovered. VH1 will speak with their parents about the first songs and school plays that led them to believe they had future superstars as children. New interviews along with rare photos and footage will help tell the stories that led them on their road to fame.


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Each week VH1 presents several hours of programming devoted to musical artists, concerts, series marathons, themed music programs and VH1 special events. Specials have included the "The White House Millennium Evening of Jazz" and "Say It Loud!: A Celebration of Black Music in America."

Cable in the Classroom (CIC) is a public service effort, supported by forty-one cable channels and over 8500 local cable companies that provide commercial-free educational programming to teachers and parents. Local cable companies also provide a cable connection into every school in their service areas. Schedules, teachers guides and support materials are available for these shows on this website. For more information about Cable in the Classroom please visit their website.