MENC’s Monthly Television Program Will Raise
Awareness of the Importance of Music Education. Help Bring TEMPO to Your Community!

NOTE: As of 2003, new episodes of TEMPO are no longer being produced. The stations listed on this page may still air episodes occasionally.

  • General Information
    MENC: The National Association for Music Education produces for community and cable access stations across the country a quarterly television program called “TEMPO”. The program, targeted at parents of school age children, features timely and interesting discussions about kids and music. MENC executive director John Malhmann serves as host.

    TEMPO has been created to further MENC’s mission of advancing music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. The information presented in each TEMPO program will encourage communities to support their local music programs by raising awareness of the benefits of music education and the problems local programs face. MENC members are asked to help get TEMPO aired in their communities. If you want your community to be able to see this fine program, we need your help and support!

  • TEMPO Episode Information
    Episode 1: The role of music in early childhood development; why alternative ensembles are gaining popularity in schools.
    Episode 2: How technology is changing the way kids learn music at school and at home
    Episode 3: What does the correlation between music and brain power mean in the real world?
    Episode 4: Music for life (or, why one day your kids will thank you for encouraging them to know the difference between sharps and flats)
    Episode 5: The debate about downloading music over the Internet — and what impact this may have on young people’s sense of intellectual property rights and fairness.
    Episode 6: A conversation with Maestro Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, about the value in taking young people to hear live music.
    Episode 7: Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Buying Musical Instruments In Your Local Music Store...But Were Afraid To Ask. A primer on being a smart consumer in what is to many parents very unfamiliar territory.
    Episode 8: The realistic career prospects for music majors upon graduation from college. Just how difficult is it for a person with a degree in music (and extensive expertise in one or more instruments) to break into the business? Straight talk about a very competitive industry.
    Episode 9: Student musicians demonstrate the instruments in a school orchestra and discuss what it is like to play each one.
    Episode 10: The instruments in a typical school band are featured. Episodes 9 and 10 offer a fresh and encouraging primer for anyone thinking about joining their school orchestra or band.
    Episode 11: A school psychologist discusses the profiles of kids who get involved in school music in comparison to those involved with other school activities.
    Episode 12: A preview of the "How Cool Is Your School" contest with a discussion of the rules and why parents should encourage their kids to get involved.

  • How to Help Get TEMPO Aired in Your Community
    MENC members are urged to contact their local station to request broadcast of TEMPO. On this site you’ll find text for an e-mail message and a script for direct phone calls, both of which you can use to convince your station to broadcast this excellent and important program. Please check the Station Listing section for contact information.

  • Tempo Affiliate Stations (as of January, 2002)
    (Note: The following stations receive a tape copy of TEMPO. It is our current understanding that they in fact broadcast the series.)

    Time Warner Cable (Birmingham, AL)
    Channel 62 (Little Rock, AR)
    Education Channel 99 (Phoenix, AZ)
    Tempe Cable 11 (Tempe, AZ)
    Tempe Cable 11 (Tempe, AZ)
    Davis Comm. Television (Davis, CA)
    TOTV (Thousand Oaks, CA)
    Community Media (Santa Rosa, CA)
    KSAR 15 TV (Saratoga, CA)
    Channel 17 (Santa Barbara, CA)
    Midcoast TV (El Granada, CA)
    LVTV 3 (La Verne, CA)
    MPAC TV (Palo Alto, CA)
    Access Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
    California Sate U. TV (Long Beach, CA)
    LVTV-3 (La Verne, CA)
    SBTV-3 (Seal Beach, CA)
    WCTV (Walnut, CA)
    Fillmore Access TV (Fillmore, CA)
    Sacramento Educational Cable (Sacramento, CA)
    City TV 18 (Santa Barbara, CA)
    Woodland Access TV (Woodland, CA)
    KTOP TV (Oakland, CA)
    KOCT TV (Oceanside, CA)
    Channel 11 (Redding, CA)
    City TV of Santa Monica (Santa Monica, CA)
    KDOL TV (Oakland, CA)
    City of San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
    Community Television (Santa Cruz, CA) - Tuesdays @ 6:00 P.M.
    WAVE TV, Channel 21 (Woodland, CA) - 6 P.M. Fridays
    KACT-TV (Aurora, CO)
    Grass Roots TV (Aspen, CO)
    Colorado Mountain College (Pueblo, CO)
    East Haven Public TV (East Haven, CT)
    Citizens Television (New Haven, CT)
    WPAA-TV (Wallingford, CT)
    Coral Gables TV (Coral Gables, FL)
    People TV (Atlanta, GA)
    CCGTV (Columbus, GA)
    GCPS TV (Lawrenceville, GA)
    Public Broadcasting Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
    KTS TV (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    Kirkwood Television (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    DGTV (Downers Grove, IL)
    Wheaton Comm. TV (Wheaton, IL) - Channel 17, Tuesdays at 8:30 P.M.
    East Side Comm. TV (E. Peoria, IL)
    PCE-TV (Champaign, IL)
    Parkland Channel (Champaign, IL) - Thursdays @ 6:00 P.M.
    Downers Grove TV (Downers Grove, IL)
    UPTV (Urbana, IL)
    RBTV (Riverside, IL)
    Evanston Community TV (Evanston, IL)
    Access Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, IN)
    KISS TV (Union City, IN)
    Frankfort Community TV (Frankfort, KY)
    Cable 8 (New Orleans, LA)
    ??? (Covington, LA)
    New Orleans Media Center (New Orleans, LA)
    Covington Public Access (Covington, LA)
    Ofiice of Cable TV (Cambridge, MA)
    Medway Cable Access (Medway, MA)
    SETV (Shrewsbury, MA) - Mondays @ 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays @ 5:00, 10:30 A.M./6:00, 11:00 P.M., Wednesdays @ 5:00, 10:30 A.M.
    Cable TV (Cambridge, MA)
    Channel 8 (Clinton, MA)
    MATV (Malden, MA)
    Falmouth Comm. TV (Falmouth, MA)
    Cable 8 (Bellington, MA)
    Cape Cod Comm. TV (Cape Cod, MA)
    Falls Cable Corporation (Buckland, MA)
    Quadrangle TV (Springfield, MA)
    Milford Educational TV (Milford, MA)
    Sharon Community TV (Sharon, MA)
    CCTV (Cambridge, MA)
    CTSB TV (South Lee, MA)
    Winthrop Comm. Access TV (Winthrop, MA)
    Billerica Access TV (Billerica, MA)
    Cablevision (Braintree, MA)
    Harford Cable Network (Bel Air, MD) - Mondays @ 4:30 P.M./Thursdays @ 4:30 P.M.
    Greenbelt Municipal Access (Greenbelt, MD)
    CTV Channel 15 (Largo, MD)
    Takoma Park City TV (Takoma Park, MD)
    TV3 (Portland, ME)
    S. Portland Educational Access (S. Portland, ME)
    Brunswick Cable 7 (Brunswick, ME)
    Community Cable 7 (Rangeley, ME)
    Community Television Network (Portland, ME)
    GFTV (Auburn, ME)
    BETV (Standish, ME)
    Public Access TV (Biddeford, ME)
    City of E. Lansing (MI)
    Community Access Center (Kalamazoo, MI)
    WKTV (Wyoming, MI) - Fridays @ 4:00 P.M.
    Saginow Public Schools (Saginaw, MI)
    TV 2 (Cadillac, MI)
    Community Television (Ann Arbor, MI)
    Rogueview Comm. TV (Rockford, MI)
    Madison Pub. Access TV (Madison, MN)
    Hutchinson Comm. Video (Hutchinson, MN)
    AT&T; Broadband (St. Paul, MN)
    Valley Access Channels (Stillwater, MN) - Wednesdays at 1:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.
    NDCTV (Inver Grove, MN)
    NDC TV (Inner Grove Heights/St. Paul, MN)
    LMCC-TV (Spring Park, MN)
    ICTV (Grand Rapids, MN)
    DHTV Channel 21&22 (St. Louis, MO)
    Channel 12 (St. Louis, MO)
    AT&T; Cable 13 (Columbia, MO)
    Missoula Community TV (Missoula, MT)
    Community Television (Raleigh, NC)
    The Learning Network (Wilmington, NC)
    Time Warner Cable (Lincoln, NE)
    LaCross, WI (Educational Cable Network)
    SCTV17 (Salem, NH)
    CATV (Andover, NH)
    Londonderry Access (Londonderry, NH)
    Livingston Public Broadcast (Livingston, NJ)
    Fair Lawn TV (Fair Lawn, NJ)
    Channel 34 (Perth Amboy, NJ)
    Comcast Access (Albuquerque, NM)
    PAC 8 TV (Los Alamos, NM) - Tuesdays @ 4:00 P.M.
    CATS TV (Silver City, NM)
    Fairport Community TV (Rochester, NY)
    Public Access TV (Great Neck, NY)
    Sidney Comm. TV (Sidney, NY)
    Penfield Comm. TV (Penfield, NY)
    ICAT-TV (Rochester, NY)
    Public Access TV (Great Neck, NY)
    STV Channel 26 (Oneonta, NY) - Daily @ 8:00 P.M.
    New York Network
    Channel 16 (Albany, Saratoga, Troy, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Glens Falls)
    Channel 12 (Canandaigua)
    Channel 5 (Cobleskill)
    Channel 18 (Eastchester, Bronxville, Tuckahoe)
    Channel 16 (Ithica)
    Channel 16 (Oswego)
    Channel 34 (Utica)
    AT&T; Broadband (Elyria, OH)
    DPS TV (Dayton, OH)
    AT&T; Broadband (Elyria, OH)
    Anderson-Union Comm. TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    Cable 9 (Macedonia, OH)
    Norwood Community TV (Norwood, OH)
    Channel 50 (Brunswick, OH)
    Channel 6 (Lebanon, OH)
    Capital Community TV (Salem, OR)
    WFTV (Oregon City, OR)
    Willamette Falls TV (Oregon City, OR)
    Portland Cable Access (Portland, OR)
    Granville Summit TV (PA)
    Neshaminy School TV (Langhorne, PA)
    DUTV (Philadelphia, PA)
    Berks County TV (Reading, PA)
    AT&T; Cable (Levittown, PA)
    C-NET (State College, PA)
    Comm. Access TV (Erie, PA)
    Canton Access TV (Canton, PA)
    South Carolina ETV (98% of SC homes)
    OWL-TV (Sioux Falls, SD)
    Intermedia TV (Dickson, TN) - Tuesdays @ 5:30 P.M./Sundays @ 6:00 P.M.
    Germantown Comm. TV (Germantown, TN)
    Austin Community Access (Austin, TX)
    Austin Comm. Access (Austin, TX)
    Dallas Community TV (Dallas, TX)
    HCCTV (Houston, TX)
    SUTV Cable 9 (Cedar City, UT)
    Radford University TV (Radford, VA)
    Fairfax Public Access (Fairfax, VA)
    RETN TV (Burlington, VT)
    PTTV (Port Townsend, WA)
    KLTV (Longview, WA)
    Vancouver ETC-TV (Vancouver, WA)
    AT&T; Cable Services (Tacoma, WA)
    MVTV (Toppenish, WA)
    UWTV (Seattle, WA)
    Comm. Cable 13 (Watertown, WI)
    Wausa Public Access (Wausau, WI)
    WYOU Cable Access (Madison, WI)
    Triangle Television (New Zealand)

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  • Text for Contacting Local Stations by E-mail
    Dear (name of general manager or station),

    On behalf of my fellow school music teachers in our community, I would like to ask that you please consider broadcasting the excellent quarterly program called TEMPO. Produced by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Fairfax County (VA) Public Access Television, TEMPO explores the fascinating topic of learning music — something that is of interest to parents of school age children, and adults of all ages. The production values are first rate, and MENC has committed to a full year’s worth of programs.

    If you indeed schedule TEMPO on a regular basis, music teachers in our area will make certain that their students’ parents are reminded to tune in!
    You can receive the show for free on S-VHS. For more information, please contact the show’s producer, John Meyers, at Thank you!

  • Script for Contacting Local Stations by Phone
    Could you please tell me who at your station makes programming decisions? May I please speak with him/her?

    Hello! I’m ( ), a music teacher at (local school). I’d like to talk to you about a quarterly program called TEMPO, produced by my professional association, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and Fairfax County (VA) Public Access Television. Have you received information about TEMPO yet?

    (If yes): Great! If you indeed schedule TEMPO, you can be sure I and my fellow music teachers will make certain our students’ parents are reminded to tune in! Thank you so much!

    (If no): TEMPO explores the fascinating topic of learning music — something that is of interest to parents of school age children, and adults of all ages. The production values are first rate, and MENC has committed to a full year’s worth of programs. If you indeed schedule TEMPO, you can be sure I and my fellow music teachers will make certain our students’ parents are reminded to tune in! Thank you so much!

  • Questions about TEMPO?
    For more information, contact John Meyers at

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