AN INTRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR 2ND TO 5TH GRADERS

 

For our youngest Cliburn friends! Cliburn Kids is a (growing!) collection of wonderfully entertaining 7- to 10-minute videos designed to introduce children to the fun of classical music. How does music paint pictures, tell stories, express feelings? Host Buddy Bray and guest artists use individual pieces to explore topics that delve into the way music is organized and structured, counting and rhythm, expressive elements, and sometimes just lighthearted enjoyment!

Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children, and activities are provided for each episode that are perfect for in-classroom or at-home studies. More than 30 episodes are currently available by clicking through the scroller, or exploring the categories, below, and a new episode will be added weekly on Tuesdays. Each episode page has links to the supplemental activities, as well as TEKS objectives for each.

Cliburn Kids programs are based on Cliburn in the Classroom curriculum, written by Dr. John Feierabend and Buddy Bray.
Learn more about Buddy Bray here.

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Humor in Music

What makes music sound funny? Join Buddy & Youlan to learn how unexpected changes in rhythm can add humor to music.

DETT Humoreske (Honey)
RACHMANINOV Humoresque in G Major, op. 10, no. 5

Taking Flight: Insects

Join Buddy and friends as we continue exploring techniques composers use to make the piano sound like flying insects!

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee

SCRIABIN Etude in F-sharp Major, op. 42, no. 3 (“Mosquito”)

The Piano Takes Flight: Birds & Butterflies

How can we make the piano sound like it’s flying? Buddy shows us how pitch and tempo can give the piano wings!

GRIEG “Butterfly” from Lyric Pieces, op. 43, no. 1
SCHUMANN “Bird as Prophet” from Waldszenen (“Forest Scenes”), op. 82

NIGHT SOUNDS

Join Buddy and Evan for a spooky fun Halloween episode! Can you hear all of the busy nighttime animals in this music?

FRANK “Scherzo Nocturno” from Sonata Serrana No. 1

MUSICAL TOPICS

Browse videos by the categories below.

LESSON PLANS

All video episodes include supplemental class and individual activities. Search for lesson plans incorporating specific subject areas using the tabs below. Click through to view full lesson plans, including the video and activities, each coded with TEKS objectives.

Humor in Music

Humor in Music

The Piano Takes Flight: Insects

The Piano Takes Flight: Insects

The Piano Takes Flight: Birds & Butterflies

The Piano Takes Flight: Birds & Butterflies

Night Sounds

Night Sounds

My Country ‘Tis of Thee, pt. 2

My Country ‘Tis of Thee, pt. 2

My Country ‘Tis of Thee, pt. 1

My Country ‘Tis of Thee, pt. 1

Many Meters: Feeling Five

Many Meters: Feeling Five

Many Meters: Dances

Many Meters: Dances

Two Puppets

Two Puppets

PB&J

PB&J

Lime Jello

Lime Jello

Counting Game

Counting Game

Pictures You Can Hear: Musical Conversation

Pictures You Can Hear: Musical Conversation

Pictures You Can Hear: The Great Gate

Pictures You Can Hear: The Great Gate

Pictures You Can Hear: Baby Chicks

Pictures You Can Hear: Baby Chicks

Pictures You Can Hear: Gnomes

Pictures You Can Hear: Gnomes

Piano Gymnastics: Counting Challenge

Piano Gymnastics: Counting Challenge

Piano Gymnastics: Finger Workout

Piano Gymnastics: Finger Workout

Piano Gymnastics: Black Keys

Piano Gymnastics: Black Keys

Lenny and Lukas

Lenny and Lukas

How Many Hands: Trio

How Many Hands: Trio

Singing Game

Singing Game

Rabbit at Top Speed

Rabbit at Top Speed

How Many Hands: Racing Donkeys

How Many Hands: Racing Donkeys

How Many Hands: A Fairy Tale

How Many Hands: A Fairy Tale

Footsteps in the Snow

Footsteps in the Snow

The Little White Donkey

The Little White Donkey

How Many Hands: One or Two?

How Many Hands: One or Two?

The Cat and the Mouse

The Cat and the Mouse

In Five

In Five

Back It Up!

Back It Up!

Starts with a B: A-B-A

Starts with a B: A-B-A

Starts with a B: Rhythm Game

Starts with a B: Rhythm Game

Pictures You Can Hear: Playground

Pictures You Can Hear: Playground

Listening Game: Fugue

Listening Game: Fugue

Pictures You Can Hear: Circus

Pictures You Can Hear: Circus

Pictures You Can Hear: Oxcart

Pictures You Can Hear: Oxcart

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Cliburn Kids helps to fulfill the Cliburn’s mission of advancing classical piano music worldwide and Van Cliburn’s vision of sharing music with everyone. If you would like to help support the production of these Cliburn Kids programs, please donate by:

  1. Mail—send a check to The Cliburn at 201 Main Street, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX, 76102
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