CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


What would music about gnomes sound like? Did the composer paint nimble gnomes, lazy gnomes, or scary gnomes? Listen to find out!
featuring MUSSORGSKY “The Gnome” from Pictures at an Exhibition


Click the links below for supplemental worksheets and class activities. TEKS objectives are listed below each link.

What Do You Hear?
Music: FA.M.1.b.6, FA.M.2.b.6, FA.M.3.b.6, FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7; Art: FA.A.1.2A, FA.A.2.2A, FA.A.3.2A, FA.A.4.2A FA.A.5.2A

Interview a Composer
Language Arts: 1.13, 2.13, 3.13, 4.13, 5.13; Music: FA.M.1.b.5, FA.M.2.b.5, FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5

Composer Biography: Modest Mussorgsky



Buddy Bray is co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom programs and has been hosting the presentations in schools for over 17 years, and he says it is the most enjoyable work he does.

When he is not in the schools talking about music, Buddy serves as artistic director of the Cliburn at the Modern series and is the principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He also hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert discussion series, where he does much the same thing as in the schools—he tries to make his audience comfortable with the music they will hear, and he does it with a spirit of discovery and fun.

Buddy comes from a family of teachers, and he is glad to be carrying on the family tradition.


Jonathan Tsay began his piano studies at age 5 and has since developed a wide-ranging artistic career. A professor of piano at the University of Memphis, he also serves as artistic director of Ensemble75, a chamber music series in Dallas, and hosts the “Between the Barlines” podcast, which explores the lives of people in classical music. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Taiwan, Canada, and across the United States.

Jonathan serves as head of piano at the Chloé Trevor Music Academy and has been invited to judge many music competitions. He earned degrees from SMU and l’Université de Montréal, and in his spare time enjoys playing football and watching cartoons.