CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


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

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


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.1, A.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1,FA.M.5.b.1; 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  

Music: FA.M.1.b.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2; FA.M.1.b.1, A.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1,FA.M.5.b.1;
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  

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: Nathaniel Dett

Composer Biography: Sergei Rachmaninov

Class Activity (Socially Distant): Syncopation Challenge
Music: FA.M.1.b.4, FA.M.2.b.4, FA.M.3.b.4, FA.M.4.b.4, FA.M.5.b.4; FA.M.1.b.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2 




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.


Youlan Ji, a Beijing native, began studying piano with her mother at age 4 and moved from China to New York in 2012 at age 13 to attend The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. She has been featured in recital in Asia, Europe, and North America and is a prizewinner of many competitions, including first prize at the 2018 New York International Piano Competition and third prize at the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in 2015.

Youlan is currently a junior at The Juilliard School, where she continues to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. When away from the piano, she enjoys ice skating and painting.