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STAND BY ME
Play along with our new friends Charles and Peter as they perform this classic hit – with a surprise!
Do you recognize that tune? In this episode, special guests share techniques that can make familiar songs sound like something new!
What does a piano sound like underwater? Can a piano imitate fish and sea creatures? Find out in this episode!
PATTERN PLAY: THE RONDO
This episode is a musical matching game! See if you can spot the repeated tune as we explore rondo form.
DANCE OF THE ELVES
Take a trip to the North Pole in this holiday episode! Can you tell what the elves are up to in this music?
ELEPHANTS AND REINDEER AND BASSES, OH MY!
How low can you go? Meet one of the lowest instruments in the orchestra and hear two fun performances in this holiday episode.
MEET PIANIST KENNY BROBERG
Meet virtuoso pianist Kenny Broberg and learn what it’s like to be a professional pianist in this special episode of Cliburn Kids.
PIANOS AND HARPS, PT. 2
The piano can sound pretty SPOOKY when you play it like a harp! Discover the harp inside the piano in this Halloween episode of Cliburn Kids.
FUN WITH FIDDLES
Join Buddy and guest violinist Tessa Lark to learn about the versatile violin and hear some fun fiddle tunes!
PIANOS AND HARPS, PT. 1
In this episode, we meet harpist Bridget Kibbey and learn about her instrument! Join Buddy to find out what the harp and the piano have in common.
In this episode, join Buddy and our flutist friend Mehrdad to discover how to play with musical patterns! This music never slows down–can you keep up with all the changes?
PLAYING WITH NUMBERS: IN 6
In this episode, join our new friends Kevin and Shiv as they teach us to count in 6 with the Shiv Shuffle!
MUSICAL OPPOSITES: TEMPO AND DYNAMICS
We’ve learned a little about pitch—let’s learn more about music’s other building blocks, tempo and dynamics, in this episode!
In this episode, we listen to the piano become a chicken! How many chickens do you hear?
DO RE MI
How do singers and musicians learn new songs? Learn about solfege, and be ready to sing along!
MUSICAL OPPOSITES: PITCH
How low can you go? Meet the bassoon, the lowest member of the woodwind family, in this episode!
PLAYING WITH NUMBERS: IN 9
We’ve counted music in groups of two, three, even five! In this episode, learn how to count music that moves in groups of nine!
In this episode, we listen to a piece that runs across the keys! Can you keep up?
THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL
In this episode, Buddy teaches us how the pedals on the piano help tell the story of a cathedral rising from the water.
In this episode, we discover that music is put together much like written language. Join Buddy to learn how!
PIANOS AND GUITARS
We’ve heard the piano pretend to be other things, but can it also imitate other instruments? Find out more in this episode!
Can you hear the snow dancing? Find out how a composer can leave specific instructions to make special sounds on the piano!
Join Buddy and friends on two different sleigh rides pulled by different animals!
HUMOR IN MUSIC
What do composers do to make music funny? Learn about fermatas and syncopation with Buddy and a special guest in this episode!
THE PIANO TAKES FLIGHT: INSECTS
Buddy and friends explore how music can buzz and fly like these pesky insects!
THE PIANO TAKES FLIGHT: BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES
Buddy shows us how tempo and pitch can give the piano wings in this episode featuring two special guests.
Join Buddy and Evan for a spooky fun Halloween episode! Can you hear all of the nighttime animals?
MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE, PT. 2
Buddy and guest artist Benjamin Rossen finish up this set of Beethoven’s variations on this well-known patriotic song.
MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE, PT. 1
Buddy and guest artist Benjamin Rossen explore what variations are with this well-known patriotic song.
MANY METERS: FEELING FIVE
In this episode, Buddy and clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello show us how this odd meter works in music!
Buddy and his flutist friend Mehrdad show us how musicians communicate and work together.
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: THE GREAT GATE
Join Buddy on a trip to the Great Gate of Kiev! Discover how musical themes represent different scenery.
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: GNOMES
What would music about gnomes sound like? Are the gnomes in this music nimble, lazy, or scared?
PIANO GYMNASTICS: FINGER WORKOUT
How many fingers does it take to play the piano? Find out in this episode!
LENNY AND LUKAS
Learn about form as two friends have an interesting birthday conversation – interrupted by “hiccups!”
Buddy is joined by his friend Corrie to play a piece that’s all about animals! Can you remember them all?
HOW MANY HANDS: RACING DONKEYS
Two donkeys are off to a race! How fast can Buddy and his friend Evan play the piano? Who will be the winner?
FOOTSTEPS IN THE SNOW
Join Buddy as he explains how composers can describe a snowy scene through tempo and rests.
HOW MANY HANDS: ONE OR TWO?
Think it always takes two hands to play the piano? Buddy demonstrates just how much one hand can do!
Discover odd meter with Buddy and this classic jazz tune. Get ready to count and clap along!
STARTS WITH A B: A-B-A
Buddy shows us how composers put different (A-B) sections of music together to form a waltz!
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: THE OXCART
Find out how pitch, tempo, and dynamics can show an animal at work! How heavy is his cart?
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: PLAYGROUND
What would music about kids on a playground sound like? Discover how music can paint a picture.
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: THE CIRCUS
Explore how the composer uses different musical themes to paint a picture of a circus clown!
LISTENING GAME: FUGUE
Challenge your pattern recognition skills! Count along with Buddy – how many times do you hear the tune?
STARTS WITH A B: RHYTHM GAME
Clap along with Buddy and learn about quarter and eighth notes with a “surprise” composer!
THE CAT AND THE MOUSE
Learn how tempo and articulation create character and action in this musical cartoon. You decide how it ends!
BACK IT UP!
Do you think music can move both forward and backward? Listen to this piece to find out!
THE LITTLE WHITE DONKEY
Let’s follow different musical themes to find out what happens in the tale of this cute animal friend.
HOW MANY HANDS: A FAIRY TALE
Buddy and his friend Evan tell this musical story about a princess and an evil fairy, using only the black keys!
RABBIT AT TOP SPEED
Singer Corrie joins Buddy to help make a musical recipe for a special surprise guest!
HOW MANY HANDS: TRIO
We’ve seen how the piano can be played with one, two, or even four hands. Could we add even more?
PIANO GYMNASTICS: BLACK KEYS
Watch how pianists work out at the piano! Can you make music using only the five black keys?
PIANO GYMNASTICS: COUNTING CHALLENGE
Are you ready for a counting game? Figure out how many beats there are in this virtuosic music!
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: BABY CHICKS
Explore how pitch, dynamics, and tempo create music of the baby chicks dancing inside their shells!
PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: CONVERSATION
Meet two gentlemen with contrasting personalities as they have a musical conversation.
Discover strange combinations of foods with Buddy and his friend Corrie. Can you hear all of the ingredients?
Join Buddy and friends as they use tempo and more to demonstrate two very different puppet characters taking part in a race.
MANY METERS: DANCES
Explore triple meter and waltzes with Buddy and friends! Get ready to count along! Can you keep up?