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, 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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How low can you go? Meet one of the lowest instruments in the orchestra and hear two fun performances in this holiday episode. Get ready to snap along!
featuring SAINT-SÄENS “Elephants” from Carnival of the Animals
MARKS “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Meet virtuoso pianist Kenny Broberg in this special episode of Cliburn Kids! Join Buddy to learn what it’s like to be a professional pianist and enjoy some music that sounds like springtime.
featuring MEDTNER Primavera, op. 39, no. 3
Did you know the violin is sometimes called a fiddle? In this episode, join Buddy and guest violinist Tessa Lark to learn more about the versatile violin and hear some fun fiddle tunes!
featuring LARK Le SOKA
O’CONNOR Emily’s Reel
The piano can sound pretty SPOOKY when you play it like a harp! Discover the harp inside the piano in this Halloween episode of Cliburn Kids.
featuring CRUMB Music of Shadows (For Aeolian Harp)
CHOPIN Etude in A-flat Major, op. 25, no. 1 (“Aeolian Harp”)
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