Explore the ways music is structured and organized. These videos address reading music and solfege, themes and motives, phrases, and form. Click through each episode for full lesson plans.

PB&J

PROKOFIEV Flute Sonata, op. 94 (II)
Buddy is joined by flutist Mehrdad Gholami to demonstrate how melody and accompaniment come together to create a satisfying piece.

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: THE GREAT GATE

MUSSORGSKY "The Great Gate of Kiev"

Join Buddy on a trip to the Great Gate of Kiev! Discover how musical themes represent different scenery.

LENNY AND LUKAS

BERNSTEIN "For Lukas Foss" from Five Anniversaries

Learn about form as two friends have an interesting birthday conversation – interrupted by “hiccups!”

STARTS WITH A B: A-B-A

BRAHMS Waltz in A-flat Major, op. 39, no. 15

Buddy shows us how composers put different (A-B) sections of music together to form a waltz!

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: PLAYGROUND

MUSSORGSKY “Tuileries” from Pictures at an Exhibition

What would music about kids on a playground sound like? Discover how music can paint a picture.

HOW MANY HANDS: A FAIRY TALE

RAVEL "Empress of the Pagodes" from Mother Goose Suite

Buddy and his friend Evan tell this musical story about a princess and an evil fairy, using only the black keys!

THE LITTLE WHITE DONKEY

IBERT The Little White Donkey

Let’s follow different musical themes to find out what happens in the tale of this cute animal friend.

BACK IT UP!

HAYDN "Menuet al Rovescio" from Sonata in A Major, Hob. XVI:26

Do you think music can move both forward and backward? Listen to this piece to find out!

LISTENING GAME: FUGUE

BACH Fugue in B-flat Major, BWV 866

Challenge your pattern recognition skills! Count along with Buddy – how many times do you hear the tune?

PICTURES YOU CAN HEAR: THE CIRCUS

DEBUSSY "General Lavine - eccentric" from Preludes, Book II

Explore how the composer uses different musical themes to paint a picture of a circus clown!