CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


 Music is made of three main building blocks. We’ve learned about pitch. In this episode, let’s learn more about the other two building blocks, tempo and dynamics!
featuring CHOPIN Prelude in E Minor, op. 28, no. 4 / Etude in C Minor, op. 25, no. 12 “Ocean”
MUSSORGSKY Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in Their Shells / The Great Gate at Kiev 


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

Musical Opposites: Tempo and Dynamics
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.1C, FA.M.2.b.1C, FA.M.3.b.1C, FA.M.4.b.1C, FA.M.5.b.1C

What’s the Tempo?
Music: 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.1C, FA.M.2.b.1C, FA.M.3.b.1C, FA.M.4.b.1C, FA.M.5.b.1C

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

Group Activity: Four Corners Tempo Challenge
Music: FA.M.1.b.1C, FA.M.2.b.1C, FA.M.3.b.1C, FA.M.4.b.1C, FA.M.5.b.1C

Group Activity: Where’s Rabbit?
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

Composer Biography: Frederic Chopin

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.


18-year-old Mexican pianist Daniela Liebman has rapidly established herself as an artist of eloquence, poise, and nuance. Since her debut at age 8 with the Aguascalientes Symphony, Daniela has performed with more than 25 orchestras on four continents, and has given recitals at some of the best venues all over the world.

In 2016 and 2017, when Daniela was fourteen and fifteen years old, respectively, she was named one of the “40 Most Creative Mexicans in the World” by Forbes Mexico. In 2018, Daniela was again named one of Forbes Mexico’s “100 Most Creative and Powerful Women,” and was invited to Forbes’ reveal of its 2018 edition of Creativos Mexicanos, celebrating extraordinary Mexican leaders in the arts. She has been interviewed by Amy Poehler’s “Smart Girls,” is featured in GQ Mexico and Vanity Fair, and is the recipient of Mexico’s 2014 Nacional Premio de Juventud.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Daniela began piano studies at age 5, and currently studies with Dr. Tamás Ungár at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Committed to sharing her love of music with others, Daniela frequently participates in talkbacks and workshops with piano students of all ages and backgrounds. Her dedication to celebrating her heritage through creative programming is reflected in her musical and cultural ambassadorship. Aside from practicing, Daniela enjoys films, reading, biking, and trying different cuisines.


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.