Delve into the expressive elements of music and how they come together to convey ideas. These videos address tempo, dynamics, pitch, major and minor, and other ways to create mood and action. Click through each episode for full lesson plans.

TWO PUPPETS

RACHMANINOV Polichinelle, op. 3, no. 4 / VILLA-LOBOS O Polichinelo

Join Buddy and friends as they use tempo and more to demonstrate two very different puppet characters taking part in a race.

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: CONVERSATION

MUSSORGSKY "Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle"

Meet two gentlemen with contrasting personalities as they have a musical conversation.

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: BABY CHICKS

MUSSORGSKY "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks"

Explore how pitch, dynamics, and tempo create music of the baby chicks dancing inside their shells!

THE CAT AND THE MOUSE

COPLAND The Cat and the Mouse

Learn how tempo and articulation create character and action in this musical cartoon. You decide how it ends!

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: GNOMES

MUSSORGSKY "The Gnome" from Pictures at an Exhibition

What would music about gnomes sound like? Are the gnomes in this music nimble, lazy, or scared? 

HOW MANY HANDS: RACING DONKEYS

SAINT-SAËNS "Hermiones" from Carnival of the Animals

Two donkeys are off to a race! How fast can Buddy and his friend Evan play the piano? Who will be the winner?

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: THE OXCART

MUSSORGSKY “Oxcart” from Pictures at an Exhibition

Find out how pitch, tempo, and dynamics can demonstrate an animal at work! How heavy is his cart?

FOOTSTEPS IN THE SNOW

DEBUSSY Footsteps in the Snow

Join Buddy as he explains how composers can describe a snowy scene through tempo and rests.