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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Join Buddy and friends on two different wintery sleigh rides, each pulled by different animals! Which ride would you rather take?
TCHAIKOVSKY “Troika” from The Seasons, op. 37b
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride
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
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”)
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
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.
DONATE TO CLIBURN KIDS
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:
- Mail—send a check to The Cliburn at 201 Main Street, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX, 76102
- Online—by clicking here
- Text— CliburnKids to 44-321