CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


Join Buddy and friends as they use tempo and more to demonstrate two very different puppet characters taking part in a race. What kind of racers are our puppets?
featuring RACHMANINOV Polichinelle, op. 3, no. 4
O Polichinelo


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

What Do You Hear?
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7; 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

Explore the World! (Grade 1-2)
Music: FA.M.1.b.5, FA.M.2.b.5; Social Studies: 1.3, 2.3; 1.4, 2.4

Explore the World! (Grade 3-5)
Music: FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5; Social Studies: 3.4

What’s the Tempo?
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; 1.3, 2.3, 3.3, 4.3, 5.3

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: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Composer Biography: Sergei Rachmaninov

Class Activity: Puppet Tempo Race (Grade 1-3)
Music: FA.M.1.b.1C, FA.M.2.b.1C, FA.M.3.b.1C; Art: FA.A.1.2, FA.A.2.2, FA.A.3.2

Class Activity: Creating a Sound Story
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.


Soprano Corrie Donovan loves working with children through music and is excited to begin her eighth year with the Cliburn’s education programs. She was also the host for the first Cliburn Junior Competition in 2015 and teaches private voice through Northwest ISD.

Outside the classroom, Corrie enjoys a busy performance career, both in Texas and abroad; highlights include vocal workshops with Cirque du Soleil and a performance invitation from the former president of Mexico. Also an active musical arranger, she enjoys reimagining classical favorites and creating intimate concert experiences, taking her audiences on a journey to make meaningful connections with music.


Pianist Gloria Lin enters her seventh year with the Cliburn’s education programs. She serves on the piano and musicology faculty of the TCU School of Music and has enjoyed an extensive performance career on four continents, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the United Nations. An active chamber musician, Gloria is a member of Caminos del Inka, performs with her husband, cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi, and is sought after as a collaborative pianist.

A prizewinner many times over, her educational background includes studies at The Juilliard School, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University Bloomington.