CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


We’ve learned how to count music in groups of 2, 3, even 9. In this episode, join our new friends Kevin and Shiv as they teach us to count in 6 with the Shiv Shuffle!
featuring MOZART Theme from Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331




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

Playing with Meter
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; FA.M.1.b.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1

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: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Class Activity: Step to the Beat!
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 



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.


Kevin Gunter serves on the piano faculty at Southern Methodist University in a unique hybrid position, working with graduates, undergraduates, children, and adults. He is also co-director of the annual SMU Institute for Young Pianists, and he hosts a weekly master class for adults in the SMU Lifelong Learning Program.

Mr. Gunter is also an active musical director, conductor, and keyboardist in the Dallas musical theatre scene, having given hundreds of performances, including regional and world premieres, with acclaim from The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas ObserverDallas Voice, and many others. He has garnered praise for his ability to “steal the show with terrific, toe-tapping music” (BroadwayWorld), as well as his “expertly conducted” performances and “sweet keyboard” (TheatreJones).

Mr. Gunter presented his solo lecture, “Trending Now: Your Future with Adult Students” at the 2019 Music Teachers National Association Conference in Spokane, Washington, and is published in the MTNA e-Journal. His students are active as well, performing in events far and wide such as the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, and the Interlochen Music Festival in Michigan.


Dallas native Shiv Yajnik began playing the piano at about four years old. Since that time, the now 19-year-old pianist has already participated in numerous competitions, masterclasses, and has given recitals and concerto performances all over the DFW Metroplex.

A long-time student of Cliburn Competition competitor Alex McDonald, Shiv has performed at the Basically Beethoven Festival, as well as the Oberlin Summer Piano Festival, Indiana University Piano Academy, and the Young Composers Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, among others. He has won numerous awards at competitions including the Dallas Music Teacher’s Association Jazz/Pop Contest, Dallas Solo Competition, Dallas Piano Festival Competition Senior Concerto Division, Texas Music Teacher’s Association State Piano Competition, and MTNA National Composition Competition.

Outside of practice room, Shiv is an avid young composer, and also enjoys studying science and math, swimming, and reading.