AN INTRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR KINDERGARTEN TO 5TH GRADE
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 50 episodes are currently available by clicking through the scroller, or exploring the categories, below. 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.
WATCH THE LATEST EPISODES NOW
"STAND BY ME"
Play along with our new friends Charles and Peter as they perform a classic hit – with a surprise!
featuring KING “Stand By Me”
Do you recognize the tune in this episode? Buddy and friends show us some special techniques that can make familiar songs sound like something new!
featuring VIEUXTEMPS Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations on “Yankee Doodle”
What does a piano sound like underwater? Can the piano imitate fish and sea creatures? Find out more in this episode!
featuring SAINT-SAËNS “Aquarium” from Carnival of the Animals.
PATTERN PLAY: THE RONDO
This episode is a musical matching game! See if you can spot the repeated tune as we explore rondo form.
featuring BACH Rondo from Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
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