Stand By Me

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

STAND BY ME

Play along with our new friends Charles and Peter as they perform a classic hit – with a surprise!
featuring KING “Stand By Me”

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

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: Ben E. King

Stand By Me: Reflection

Class Activity: Play Along
Music: FA.M.K.b.1.C; FA.M.K.b.1.D; FA.M.K.b.1.E; FA.M.K.b.2.A; FA.M.K.b.2.B; FA.M.K.b.3.B; FA.M.K.b.4.B; FA.M.1.b.1.C; FA.M.1.b.1.D; FA.M.1.b.1.E; FA.M.1.b.2.A; FA.M.1.b.2.B; FA.M.1.b.3.B; FA.M.1.b.4.B; FA.M.2.b.1.C; FA.M.2.b.2.D; FA.M.2.b.1.E; FA.M.2.b.2.A; FA.M.2.b.2.B; FA.M.2.b.3.B; FA.M.2.b.4.B; FA.M.3.b.1.C; FA.M.3.b.2.D: FA.M.3.b.1.E; FA.M.3.b.3.A; FA.M.3.b.2.B: FA.M.3.b.4.B

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

CHARLES YANG

Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award, has been described by The Boston Globe as an artist who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” While rooted in the world of classical music, he is hardly confined to it, possessing crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist, which have led him to perform with a variety of artists all around the world. He’s also appeared at the YouTube Music Awards, TED, EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist, and onstage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, among many others.

Yang has performed in the presence of two former U.S. Presidents and the Queen of Denmark, and has shared the stage in collaborations with famous artists from all genres of music. His career has been followed by prominent news media, and he is featured in Nick Romeo’s book Driven and on the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.

Charles is originally from Austin, Texas. On June 9, 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day.”

PETER DUGAN

Pianist Peter Dugan is heard nationwide as the host of NPR’s beloved program From the Top. He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop genres.

Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Renée Fleming to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described his collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Peter advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has travelled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents–their superpowers–for good.

Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. He resides in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School Evening Division.

Virtuoso Variations

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

VIRTUOSO VARIATIONS

Do you recognize the tune in this episode? Buddy and friends show us some special techniques that can make familiar songs sound like something new! 
featuring VIEUXTEMPS Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations on “Yankee Doodle”

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

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: Henri Vieuxtemps

Class Activity: Yankee Doodle Dandy Definitions
Music: FA.M.1.2.1.B; FA.M.1.2.3.A; FA.M.2.2.1.B; FA.M.2.2.3.A; FA.M.3.2.1.B; FA.M.3.3.1.B; FA.M.4.2.1.B; FA.M.4.2.3.A

Class Activity: Scale Zip Zap Zop
Music: FA.M.b.3.B; FA.M.3.2.A; FA.M.b.4.B; FA.M.4.2.A; FA.M.b.5.B; FA.M.5.2A

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

CHARLES YANG

Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award, has been described by The Boston Globe as an artist who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” While rooted in the world of classical music, he is hardly confined to it, possessing crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist, which have led him to perform with a variety of artists all around the world. He’s also appeared at the YouTube Music Awards, TED, EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist, and onstage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, among many others.

Yang has performed in the presence of two former U.S. Presidents and the Queen of Denmark, and has shared the stage in collaborations with famous artists from all genres of music. His career has been followed by prominent news media, and he is featured in Nick Romeo’s book Driven and on the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.

Charles is originally from Austin, Texas. On June 9, 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day.”

PETER DUGAN

Pianist Peter Dugan is heard nationwide as the host of NPR’s beloved program From the Top. He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop genres.

Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Renée Fleming to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described his collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Peter advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has travelled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents–their superpowers–for good.

Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. He resides in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School Evening Division.

Pattern Play: The Rondo

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PATTERN PLAY: THE RONDO

This episode is a musical matching game! See if you can spot the repeated tune as we explore rondo form.
featuring BACH Rondo from Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826

 

 

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Rondo in Writing
Music: FA.M.3.b.1; FA.M.3.b.2; FA.M.3.b.6; FA.M.4.b.1; FA.M.4.b.2; FA.M.4.b.6 
Language Arts: 3.2; 3.3; 3.7; 3.11; 3.12; 4.2; 4.3; 4.7; 4.11; 4.12

Rhythm Rondo
Music: FA.M.2.b.1; FA.M.2.b.2; FA.M.2.b.3; FA.M.2.b.4; FA.M.2.b.6; FA.M.3.b.1; FA.M.3.b.2; FA.M.3.b.3;
FA.M.3.b.4; FA.M.3.b.6; FA.M.4.b.1; FA.M.4.b.2; FA.M.4.b.3; FA.M.4.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: Johann Sebastian Bach

Class Activity: Rondo Music and Movement
Music: FA.M.1.b.1; FA.M.1.b.3; FA.M.2.b.1; FA.M.2.b.3;FA.M.3.b.1; FA.M.3.b.3
Theater: FA.T.1.b.1; FA.T.1.b.2; FA.T.2.b.1; FA.T.2.b.2; FA.T.3.b.1; FA.T.3.b.2

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

GLORIA LIN

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.

Elephants and Reindeer and Basses, Oh My!

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

ELEPHANTS AND REINDEER AND BASSES, OH MY!

How low can you go? Meet one of the lowest instruments in the orchestra and hear two fun performances in this holiday episode. Get ready to snap along!
featuring SAINT-SÄENS “Elephants” from Carnival of the Animals
MARKS “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

The String Family
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: Camille Saint-Säens

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

CORRIE DONOVAN

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.

BRIAN PERRY

Brian Perry is the newest member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra double bass section. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he was a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 9 years. He has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, and often performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. An active collaborator, Brian has been a guest artist with pianist Buddy Bray for the Cliburn in the Classroom series, and has performed locally on the Spectrum Chamber Music, Fine Arts Chamber Players and Cliburn at the Modern series, among others.

Brian earned his music degrees from Boston University and the University of North Texas. In addition to playing regularly with the DSO, Brian is also an adjunct professor of double bass at the SMU Meadows School of Music. Committed to educating and mentoring young musicians, he has presented masterclasses for the International Society of Bassists convention and the TCU Bass Fest, and since 2010 has been the double bass instructor at the highly-acclaimed Boston University Tanglewood Institute, one of the nation’s premier summer orchestral training programs for high-school students.

Brian currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife Kathryn, a Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra violinist, and their two daughters.

Meet Pianist Kenny Broberg

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MEET PIANIST KENNY BROBERG

Meet virtuoso pianist Kenny Broberg in this special episode of Cliburn Kids! Join Buddy to learn what it’s like to be a professional pianist and enjoy some music that sounds like springtime. 
featuring MEDTNER Primavera, op. 39, no. 3

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

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: Nikolai Medtner

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

KENNY BROBERG

American pianist Kenny Broberg first came to international attention when he captured the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since that time, the Minnesota native has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia to share his music.

The first musician in his family, Kenny started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied privately for nine years before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2016. He currently lives in Parkville, Missouri, continuing his studies with 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University. A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, Kenny still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz, composing music, and reading.

Pianos and Harps, pt. 2

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PIANOS AND HARPS, PT. 2

The piano can sound pretty SPOOKY when you play it like a harp! Discover the harp inside the piano in this Halloween episode of Cliburn Kids.
featuring CRUMB Music of Shadows (For Aeolian Harp)
CHOPIN Etude in A-flat Major, op. 25, no. 1 (“Aeolian Harp”)

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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

Pianos and Harps
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.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

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: George Crumb
Composer Biography: Frédéric Chopin

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

FEI-FEI

Finalist at the 2013 Cliburn Competition and winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition, Fei-Fei has established a reputation for bringing “passion, piquancy, and tenderness” to performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Recent collaborations include a tour of Spain with the New York Youth Symphony; an artist residency with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic; education initiatives across her home country of China; a concerto with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra; and chamber music both with her trio, the Aletheia Piano Trio, and as part of The Inner Voices project. 

Currently living in New York, Fei-Fei is now working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts under the guidance of esteemed pianist Yefim Bronfman. During the pandemic, she has also been sharing #songsofcomfort from home, on her Facebook and YouTube pages. feifeipiano.com

Fun with Fiddles

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

FUN WITH FIDDLES

Did you know the violin is sometimes called a fiddle? In this episode, join Buddy and guest violinist Tessa Lark to learn more about the versatile violin and hear some fun fiddle tunes!
featuring LARK Le SOKA
O’CONNOR Emily’s Reel

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Violins
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; 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

The String Family
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

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: Tessa Lark

Composer Biography: Mark O’Connor

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

TESSA LARK

Grammy®-nominated violinist Tessa Lark is a budding superstar in the realm of classical music, as well as a highly-acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Performances have taken her to the most prestigious venues and musical festivals around the world.

Tessa’s belief in using music to foster global connections and community across boundaries manifests in her genre-defying collaborations with other string players, composers, and a jazz guitarist. She is also the co-host and creative director for NPR’s From the Top, a program dedicated to showcasing young and influential classical musicians.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory and The Julliard School, Ms. Lark has won top prizes at a number of string competitions and has been awarded several artistic fellowships and career grants. She plays a 1600 G. P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Pianos and Harps, pt. 1

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PIANOS AND HARPS, PT. 1

In this episode, we meet a new friend and learn about her instrument, the harp! Join Buddy and Bridget to find out what the harp and the piano have in common.
featuring D’RIVERA Bandoneon

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Pianos and Harps
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.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

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: Paquito D’Rivera

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

BRIDGET KIBBEY

Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue magazine, Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. Collaborating with some of today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music. The New York Times has remarked that “…she made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”

Winner of many grants and numerous awards with her instrument, Bridget Kibbey has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. With the harp as her muse, she is sought after for her interesting and unusual programs and currently tours several projects of her own conception. 

The piece performed in this episode is from her program Bach to Brazil, which highlights the Nuevo Latino luminaries living in New York City, as well as the folk masters that inspired them, in a mash-up of newly-commissioned works and selections from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and more.

Pattern Play

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PATTERN PLAY

In this episode, join Buddy and our flutist friend Mehrdad to discover how to play with musical patterns! This music never slows down–can you keep up with all the changes?
featuring VINE Sonata for Flute and Piano

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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: Carl Vine

Class Activity: Playing Patterns
Music: 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

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

MEHRDAD GHOLAMI

Iranian flutist Mehrdad Gholami recently completed his doctoral degree in flute performance at TCU. He has served as principal flute with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, is a prize winner of several solo and chamber music competitions, and was recipient of Iran’s National Concours of Arts at 18 years old.

From an early age, he played with many contemporary ensembles and worked with Iranian and American composers to premiere over 60 new works. He has appeared in recordings ranging from contemporary classical to world to pop music. Mehrdad is passionate about education; he teaches private lessons in Fort Worth and serves as the coordinator for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra’s chamber music program.

Do Re Mi

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

DO RE MI

How do singers learn new music? In this episode, Corrie Donovan teaches us about solfege! Get ready to sing along!
featuring CZERNY Etude from the School of Velocity, op. 299

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Solfege and Intervals
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.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: Carl Czerny

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

CORRIE DONOVAN

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.

Musical Opposites: Pitch

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MUSICAL OPPOSITES: PITCH

How low can you go? In this episode, we meet the lowest instrument in the woodwind family, the bassoon!
featuring SAINT-SÄENS Bassoon Sonata in G Major, op. 168, mvt 1

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Instrument Families
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.5, FA.M.2.b.5, FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5;
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

Musical Teams
Music: FA.M.1.b.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b. 
Language Arts: 1.12, 2.12, 3.12, 4.12, 5.12

Melody and Harmony (Grade 3-5)
Music: FA.M.3.b.6, FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1
Language Arts: 3.7, 4.7, 5.7; 3.11, 4.11, 5.11

Group Activity: Ensemble Captain
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.3, FA.M.2.b.3, FA.M.3.b.3, FA.M.4.b.3, FA.M.5.b.3 

Group Activity: Percussion Duet (Grade 3-5)
Music: FA.M.3.b.4, FA.M.4.b.4, FA.M.5.b.4; FA.M.3.b.3, FA.M.4.b.3, FA.M.5.b.3; FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

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: Camille Saint-Säens

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

CARA OWENS

Cara Owens has been Assistant Principal/2nd Bassoon with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1997.  A native of Pennsylvania, Cara studied at Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

Outside the FWSO, Cara is an advocate for musical outreach, creating and organizing educational programs for all ages. She also works for Texas Winds Musical Outreach—a North Texas non-profit that sends professional musicians to perform in senior communities, hospitals, and for children in the Head Start program—and serves on the board for the Spectrum Chamber Music Society.

When she’s not performing or teaching, Cara is an avid tennis player and also enjoys reading and cooking. Currently, she lives in Colleyville with her husband, Nate, and has two daughters in college, one studying at the University of Alabama, and the other at The Ohio State University.

Playing with Numbers: In 9

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PLAYING WITH NUMBERS: IN 9

We’ve counted music in groups of two, three, and even five! In this episode, join Buddy to learn how to count music that moves in groups of nine!
featuring BRUBECK “Blue Rondo ala Turk”

 

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Beats in 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.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1;
FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

Time Signatures (Grade 3-5)
Music: FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

Note Values (Grade 3-4)
Music: FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b2; Math: 3.3, 4.3 

What is Jazz?
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; 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
 
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: Dave Brubeck

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

EVAN MITCHELL

Pianist Evan Mitchell has given over 250 performances for the Cliburn’s education programs over the past eight years, in addition to teaching privately and at Tarrant County College and serving as a chamber music coach for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra. He also maintains an active performance career, having appeared in ten countries on four continents, including with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, the Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Winds.

A passionate advocate for the arts, Evan looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences and to inspire a love for music. He holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and TCU, and has won first prize at several competitions.

The Sunken Cathedral

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL

In this episode, Buddy shows us how the pedals on the piano help tell the story of a cathedral rising from the water.
featuring DEBUSSY La Cathédrale Engloutie

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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, FA.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

Explore the World: Cathedrals
Social Studies: 1.4, 2.4, 3.4; Music: FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5; Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

Octaves (Grade 4-5)
Music: FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1; FA.M.4.b.4, FA.M.5.b.4

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: Claude Debussy

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

Building Blocks

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

BUILDING BLOCKS

In this episode, we discover that music is put together much like written language. Join Buddy to learn how!
featuring MOZART Sonata in D Major, K. 284: I. Allegro

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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;
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

Musical Alphabet
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

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

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

ALEX MCDONALD

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has performed extensively across North America and Asia, both in recital and with orchestras. A participant at the 2013 Cliburn Competition, he has won several competition prizes and fellowships throughout the United States.

He has taught at Texas Woman’s University, Richland College, and The Juilliard School, and private students have gone on to study at top conservatories and perform at Carnegie Hall. He was recognized for his accomplishments as an educator with the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award in teaching by the Texas Music Teachers Association.  He is also festival director for Basically Beethoven, a thriving summer concert series in Dallas.

Pianos and Guitars

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PIANOS AND GUITARS

We’ve heard the piano pretend to be insects, animals, even mythical creatures! But can the piano imitate
other instruments? Find out more in this episode!
featuring BACH Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999
SCARLATTI Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K. 141

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

Instrument Families
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 

What is Baroque Music?
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; 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 

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: Domenico Scarlatti

Composer Biography: Johann Sebastian Bach

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

RICHARD LAABS

Originally from Allen, Texas, Richard Laabs is a guitarist and teacher currently living in Spicewood, near Austin. He began playing guitar in high school ensembles and with his friends, and he continued his musical education at Texas Lutheran University, where he studied classical guitar and music education.

Richard has been teaching since his graduation in 2015. He loves his job as elementary music teacher at Walnut Creek Elementary in Austin, where he enjoys creating new songs to play and sing with his students. In his free time Richard is an avid songwriter, composer, and collaborator, and also plays guitar in and around the city.

EVAN MITCHELL

Pianist Evan Mitchell has given over 250 performances for the Cliburn’s education programs over the past eight years, in addition to teaching privately and at Tarrant County College and serving as a chamber music coach for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra. He also maintains an active performance career, having appeared in ten countries on four continents, including with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, the Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Winds.

A passionate advocate for the arts, Evan looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences and to inspire a love for music. He holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and TCU, and has won first prize at several competitions.

Dancing Snow

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

DANCING SNOW

Can you hear the snow dancing? Join Buddy to find out how a composer can leave specific instructions to make special sounds on the piano!
featuring DEBUSSY “The Snow is Dancing” from Children’s Corner

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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
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 

Dynamics (Grade 3-4)
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

What is Snow? (Grade 2-3)
Science: 2.8, 3.8

What is Snow? (Grade 4-5)
Science: 4.8, 5.8

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: Claude Debussy

Class Activity: Performing Pictures
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 

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

KENNY BROBERG

American pianist Kenny Broberg first came to international attention when he captured the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since that time, the Minnesota native has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia to share his music.

The first musician in his family, Kenny started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied privately for nine years before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2016. He currently lives in Parkville, Missouri, continuing his studies with 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University. A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, Kenny still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz, composing music, and reading.

Sleigh Ride

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

SLEIGH RIDE

Join Buddy and friends on two different wintery sleigh rides, each pulled by different animals! Which ride would you rather take?
featuring TCHAIKOVSKY “Troika” from The Seasons, op. 37b
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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
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 

Melody and Accompaniment
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

Compare and Contrast
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
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

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: Leroy Anderson

Composer Biography: Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Class Activity: Jingle Bell Duets
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

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.

EVAN MITCHELL

Pianist Evan Mitchell has given over 250 performances for the Cliburn’s education programs over the past eight years, in addition to teaching privately and at Tarrant County College and serving as a chamber music coach for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra. He also maintains an active performance career, having appeared in ten countries on four continents, including with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, the Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Winds.

A passionate advocate for the arts, Evan looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences and to inspire a love for music. He holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and TCU, and has won first prize at several competitions.

NATSUKO EJIRI

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, pianist Natsuko Ejiri moved to Japan when she was 2½ and began lessons at the Yamaha Music School at only age 4. After taking a break from music to study nursing, she moved to the United States, where she has performed extensively while keeping an active private teaching studio. In addition to performances under renowned conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Esa-Pekka Salonen, she has made numerous appearances with the New World Symphony in Miami and served as staff pianist for several universities and artist teachers.

Now the principal keyboardist of the Abilene Philharmonic, Natsuko is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and California State University Northridge.

Humor in Music

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

HUMOR IN MUSIC

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

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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  

Syncopation
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 

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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

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.

The Piano Takes Flight: Insects

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

THE PIANO TAKES FLIGHT: INSECTS

Join Buddy and friends as we continue exploring techniques composers use to make the piano sound like flying insects!
featuring RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee
SCRIABIN Etude in F-sharp Major, op. 42, no. 3 (“Mosquito”)

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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; 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
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7; 1.11, 2.11, 3.11, 4.11, 5.11 

Half Steps
Music: 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; 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.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2 

Tempo and 16th Notes
Music: 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; 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.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2; Math: 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1

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: Alexander Scriabin

Composer Biography: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Class Activity (Socially Distant): Musical Bumble Bees
Music: FA.M.1.b.1D, FA.M.2.b.1D, FA.M.3.b.1D, FA.M.4.b.1D, FA.M.5.b.1D; 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

FEATURED ARTISTS

BUDDY BRAY

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.