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.

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.

Playing with Numbers: In 6

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PLAYING WITH NUMBERS: IN 6

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

 

 

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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 

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.

KEVIN GUNTER

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.

SHIV YAJNIK

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.

 

Musical Opposites: Tempo and Dynamics

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MUSICAL OPPOSITES: TEMPO AND DYNAMICS

 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 

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

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.

DANIELA LIEBMAN

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.

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.

The Chicken

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

THE CHICKEN

We know the piano loves to pretend! In this episode, we listen to the piano become a chicken. How many chickens do you hear?
featuring RAMEAU La Poule (“The Hen”)

 

 

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.1.2, FA.A.2.2, FA.A.3.2, FA.A.4.2, FA.A.5.2

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: Jean-Philippe Rameau

Class Activity: Performing Pictures
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 

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.

SARA DOAN

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of 3 with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Sara won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at TCU. Ms. Doan has has presented recitals across Texas, and in Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C, and has worked with a number of orchestras in the DFW area.

A dedicated music educator, Sara has served as collaborative pianist-in-residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State and adjunct professor of piano at the University of North Texas. She maintains a large, active private piano studio in the DFW area and is an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus. Sara also presents lectures and educational programs through the Cliburn, Fort Worth Music Fund, and the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.

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.

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.

Perpetual Motion

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PERPETUAL MOTION

In this episode, we listen to a piece that runs across the keys! Can you keep up?
featuring SCHUBERT Impromptu in E-flat Major, op. 90, no. 2

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

Pitch and Tempo (Grade 1-3)
Music: FA.M.1.b.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2

Form (Grade 4-5)
Music: 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: Franz Schubert

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.

CLAYTON STEPHENSON

Named the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Lang Lang Music Foundation Young Scholar Clayton Stephenson is a prize winner of the 2015 Van Cliburn Junior International Competition and 2016 Cooper International Competition. He is also a proud recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship. Clayton’s debut concerto performance was with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony Orchestra, and he has since given performances across Europe and North America, including a recent appearance at the “Grammy Salute to Classical Music” concert at Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium.

Born in New York, Clayton was admitted into the Juilliard Pre-College at age 10. Currently, he studies at the Harvard/New England Conservatory Dual Degree program, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Harvard University and Master’s degree in piano performance at the New England Conservatory. He is passionate about community outreach and education, engaging with children and social service organizations to discuss his path as a musician, and is also involved in the Boys Club of New York and Men of Color Club.

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.

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.

EDUARDO ROJAS

Colombian pianist Eduardo Rojas enjoys exploring music from North and South America in addition to the classical tradition of Europe. He started taking piano lessons with his father at age 5, entered university at age 13, and moved to the United States in 2005 to study at TCU on a full scholarship. He has performed with orchestras across the Americas, including a tour with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia that sparked a continuing collaboration with the country’s youth orchestra system.

An advocate for music education and cultural exchange programs between North and South America, Eduardo also founded the Rojas School of Music, which serves children in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, in 2014.

The Piano Takes Flight: Birds & Butterflies

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

THE PIANO TAKES FLIGHT: BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES

How can we make the piano sound like it’s flying? Buddy shows us how pitch and tempo can give the piano wings!
featuring GRIEG “Butterfly” from Lyric Pieces, op. 43, no. 1
SCHUMANN “Bird as Prophet” from Waldszenen (“Forest Scenes”), op. 82 

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

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)
FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5; Social Studies: 3.4

Musical Rest
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

Pitch and Tempo
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.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: Edvard Grieg

>Composer Biography: Robert Schumann

Class Activity: Birdsong Beats
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.

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.

LEWIS WARREN, JR.

Lewis Warren, Jr. is an award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger. His ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age; he began writing original music at age 5 and was featured on America’s Got Talent at age 11. A laureate of several competitions, he has appeared with the Dallas, SMU Meadows, and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestras, and once performed his own arrangement of the national anthem at the Texas Motor Speedway for over 200,000 attendees.

Lewis is also an in-demand speaker and performer for community organizations and nonprofits, presenting at two TEDx events, Vision Africa, Real Choices, and more. Previously a Cliburn education artist in 2010 and 2011, he received his bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory in 2019 and currently studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Night Sounds

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

NIGHT SOUNDS

Join Buddy and Evan for a spooky fun Halloween episode! Can you hear all of the busy nighttime animals in this music?
featuring FRANK “Scherzo Nocturno” from Sonata Serrana No. 1

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 

Animal Word Find (Grade 1-2)
Music: FA.M.1.b.6, FA.M.2.b.6; Language Arts: 1.2C, 2.2C

Animal Word Find (Grade 3-5)
Music: A.M.3.b.6, FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; Language Arts: 3.2B, 4.2B, 5.2B; Science: 3.10, 4.10, 5.10

Night and Day
Science: 1.8, 2.8, 3.8, 4.8, 5.8

Spooky Story
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: 1.11, 2.11, 3.11, 4.11, 5.11; 1.12, 2.12, 3.12, 4.12, 5.12

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: Gabriela Lena Frank

Class Activity (Socially Distant): Playing Patterns
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.

My Country ‘Tis of Thee, pt. 2

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE, PT. 2

Explore a wide range of topics with Buddy and guest artist Benjamin T. Rossen as they finish up this fun theme and variations featuring a well-known patriotic song.
featuring BEETHOVEN 7 Variations on ‘God Save the King,’ WoO 78

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 

Major and Minor (Grade 1-3)
Music: FA.M.1.b.6, FA.M.2.b.6, FA.M.3.b.6; FA.M.1.b.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1; Art: FA.A.1.2, FA.A.2.2, FA.A.3.2
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7 

Major and Minor (Grade 4-5)
Music: FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1; Art: FA.A.4.2, FA.A.5.2; Language Arts: 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: Ludwig van Beethoven

Class Activity (Socially Distant): Draw What 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 
Art: FA.A.1.2, FA.A.2.2, FA.A.3.2, FA.A.4.2, FA.A.5.2 

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.

BENJAMIN T. ROSSEN

Benjamin T. Rossen, a New York native and Young Steinway Artist, is a first-year student at New England Conservatory and Harvard University, studying piano performance and economics. After making his recital debut at age 9 and concerto debut at Carnegie Hall at age 10, he went on to win prizes at multiple competitions across the United States.

His musical curiosity has also led to an interest in composing, chamber music, and connecting music with other art forms. In high school, he founded the Music Creators Society, which connects composers with artists to produce new works, played piano in the jazz band and French horn in musicals and opera, and was music editor for the school’s literary magazine. Benjamin was named a United States Presidential Scholar in 2020.

My Country ‘Tis of Thee, pt. 1

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE, PT. 1

Explore a wide range of topics with Buddy and guest artist Benjamin T. Rossen through this fun theme and variations featuring a well-known patriotic song.
featuring BEETHOVEN 7 Variations on ‘God Save the King,’ WoO 78

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 

Math and MusicNote Values
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; 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: Ludwig van Beethoven

Class Activity (Socially Distant): Changing Tunes
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.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1

Class Activity (Socially Distant): 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.

BENJAMIN T. ROSSEN

Benjamin T. Rossen, a New York native and Young Steinway Artist, is a first-year student at New England Conservatory and Harvard University, studying piano performance and economics. After making his recital debut at age 9 and concerto debut at Carnegie Hall at age 10, he went on to win prizes at multiple competitions across the United States.

His musical curiosity has also led to an interest in composing, chamber music, and connecting music with other art forms. In high school, he founded the Music Creators Society, which connects composers with artists to produce new works, played piano in the jazz band and French horn in musicals and opera, and was music editor for the school’s literary magazine. Benjamin was named a United States Presidential Scholar in 2020.

Many Meters: Feeling Five

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MANY METERS: FEELING FIVE

How does music feel when it moves in five? In this episode, Buddy and clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello show us how this odd meter works in music!
featuring BERNSTEIN Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (II)

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 

Meter Matching (Grade 3-5)
Music: FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

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.1; Language Arts: 1.12, 2.12, 3.12, 4.12, 5.12

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: Paul Desmond 

Class 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

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.

IVAN PETRUZZIELLO

Italian clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello currently serves as assistant principal clarinetist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world, including in Italy, Austria, Panama, Cuba, Colombia, and the United States; given masterclasses in Europe, South America, and the United States; and previously served on the faculty of several music schools in Latin America.

Ivan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Italy, holds an artist diploma from TCU, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, cellist Laura Ospina, and their children Tomas and Olivia.

Many Meters: Dances

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

MANY METERS: DANCES

Explore waltzes and triple meter with Buddy and his friend Nathan Ryland. Can you count along with these dances? There might be a surprise!
featuring BRAHMS Waltz in C-sharp Major, op. 39, no. 6
              BRAHMS Waltz in A-flat Major, op. 39, no. 15

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.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.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 

Counting in Music (Grade 2-3)
Music: FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2

Counting in Music (Grade 4-5)
Music: 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: Johannes Brahms

Class Activity: Triple Meter Ball
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

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.

NATHAN RYLAND

A native of Richardson, Texas, pianist Nathan Ryland is currently a graduate student at the University of North Texas, where he studies with Pamela Mia Paul and teaches undergraduate lessons. He has been a winner in competitions from coast to coast, from the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition to the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition in North Carolina. He has performed with orchestras across Texas, is a laureate of the Dallas International and Texas State International Piano Competitions, and was selected as a national finalist of the MTNA Performance Contest in 2013.

In addition to classical piano, Nathan enjoys playing jazz, audio engineering, and composing.

Two Puppets

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

TWO PUPPETS

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
and VILLA-LOBOS
O Polichinelo

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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 

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.

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.

How Many Hands: A Fairy Tale

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

HOW MANY HANDS: A FAIRY TALE

Buddy invites his friend Evan to help him tell this musical story featuring a princess and an evil fairy, using only the five black keys (or pentatonic scale)!
featuring RAVEL “Laideronette, Empress of the Pagodes” from Mother Goose Suite

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Musical Teams
Language Arts: 1.12, 2.12, 3.12, 4.12, 5.12; 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 

Keyboard Roadmap
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 

Story Time (Grade 2-4)
Language Arts: 2.6, 3.6, 4.6; Music: FA.M.2.b.6, FA.M.3.b.6, 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; Art: FA.A.2.2A, FA.A.3.2A, FA.A.4.2A

Composer Biography: Maurice Ravel

Class 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 

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.