CLIBURN IN THE CLASSROOM

The Cliburn designed Cliburn in the Classroom, its signature music education program, to introduce young audiences to classical music. Cliburn in the Classroom programs present the excitement of live piano performances to second-, third-, and fourth-grade students and reinforce the basic elements of music through fun, interactive activities within the context of classical piano repertoire. Cliburn in the Classroom is presented annually to more than 57,000 public elementary students across North Texas. The programs are offered at no cost to participating schools.

Dr. John Feierabend, nationally known director of music education at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and Shields-Collins Bray, principal keyboardist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, developed Cliburn in the Classroom presentations. Each interactive concert, which lasts about 40 minutes, features a program facilitator and guest pianist. A grand piano is brought into the school, and a camcorder and projector are used to project the pianist’s hands onto a screen for all students to view. Illustrations further enhance the students’ experiences.

These programs enable students to approach music through multiple intelligences: linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. In addition, they address national standards in the arts for music education.

The Cliburn produces a study guide in collaboration with the Fort Worth Independent School District for classroom use. The study guide reinforces the schools’ core curriculum through classroom activities and research materials, thus extending the benefits of the Cliburn in the Classroom program and meeting state-mandated education guidelines.

Music Education Consultant – Dr. John Feierabend
Artistic Advisor – Shields-Collins Bray

CLIBURN IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAMS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

The Piano Takes Flight
Program Page and Summary
Related videos:
The Piano Takes Flight: Birds and Butterflies video and activities
The Piano Takes Flight: Insects video and activities 

Many Meters
Program Page and Summary
Related videos:
Many Meters: Dances video and activities
Playing with Numbers: In 6 video and activities

Problem Solving
Program Page and Summary
Related videos:
Counting Game video and activities
Meet the bassoon! Musical Opposites: Pitch video and activities

For more information about Cliburn in the Classroom, please contact Melinda Willmann at mwillmann@cliburn.org or call 817.738.6536.

 

 

HOSTS & PIANISTS

THANK YOU TO OUR YOUTH EDUCATION SPONSORS

Alcon Foundation
Arts Council of Fort Worth
BNSF Foundation
Capital One, N.A.
Communities Foundation of Texas
Fash Foundation
Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation
The DuBose Family Foundation
The Graham and Carolyn Holloway Family Foundation Trust
Lowe Foundation
R4 Foundation
Scot and Melissa Hollmann
Texas Commission on the Arts