Gain some insider knowledge about music and musicians. What kind of piano gymnastics do musicians have to practice and learn? What are ensembles, and how do the musicians play at exactly the same time? Where do funny lyrics for songs come from? These questions and more are answered in these lively videos. Click through each episode for full lesson plans.

LIME JELLO

BOLCOM Lime Jello

Discover strange combinations of foods with Buddy and his friend Corrie. Can you hear all of the ingredients?

PIANO GYMNASTICS: BLACK KEYS

CHOPIN Etude in G-flat Major, op. 10, no. 5 "Black Key"

Watch how pianists work out at the piano! Can you make music using only the five black keys?

HOW MANY HANDS: TRIO

RACHMANINOV Waltz for six hands

We’ve seen how the piano can be played with one, two, or even four hands. Could we add even more?

RABBIT AT TOP SPEED

BERNSTEIN Rabbit at Top Speed

Singer Corrie joins Buddy to help make a musical recipe for a special surprise guest!

COUNTING GAME

COWELL A Blarneying Bit

Buddy and his flutist friend Mehrdad show us how musicians communicate and work together.

PIANO GYMNASTICS: FINGER WORKOUT

DEBUSSY Etude for Eight Fingers

How many fingers does it take to play the piano? Find out in this episode!

SINGING GAME

COPLAND I Bought Me a Cat

Buddy is joined by his friend Corrie to play a piece that’s all about animals! Can you remember them all?

HOW MANY HANDS: ONE OR TWO?

SCRIABIN Prelude for the Left Hand Alone, op. 9, no. 1

Think it always takes two hands to play the piano? Buddy demonstrates just how much one hand can do!