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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Piano Gymnastics: Counting Challenge

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

PIANO GYMNASTICS: COUNTING CHALLENGE

Are you ready for a counting game? Try to feel the beat in this virtuosic music!
featuring PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, op. 83 (III)

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; 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

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: Sergei Prokofiev

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.

In Five

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

IN FIVE

Sometimes music moves in unusual ways. Discover odd meter with Buddy and this classic jazz tune, and get ready to count and clap along!
featuring DESMOND Take Five

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

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, FA.M.1.b.1B, FA.M.2.b.1B, FA.M.3.b.1B, FA.M.4.b.1B, FA.M.5.b.1B 

Odd 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.2, FA.M.2.b.2,FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2 

Musical Matching – Meter (Grade 3-5)
Music: 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: Paul Desmond

Class Activity: Beat Tag in 5/4
Music: FA.M.1.b.1, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2 

Class Activity: Take 5
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.

Back It Up!

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

BACK IT UP!

Do you think music can move both forward AND backward? In this episode, find out how a new melody can be created from an existing tune by reversing the order of the notes!
featuring HAYDN “Menuet al Rovescio” from Piano Sonata in A major, Hob. XVI:26

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

What is a Minuet?
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 

Counting in Music
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 

Word Game (Grade 3-4)
Language Arts: 3.2. 4.2 

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 Joseph Haydn

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.

Starts with a B: A-B-A

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

STARTS WITH A B: A-B-A

In this episode, Buddy explores how composers create different sections of music and put them together to make familiar forms–in this case, a waltz!
featuring 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 is a Waltz?
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, 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 

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: Playing Patterns
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 

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.

Starts with a B: Rhythm Game

CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray

STARTS WITH A B: RHYTHM GAME

Buddy teaches us about form and quarter and eighth note rhythms in this episode. Get ready to count and clap along to with a “surprise” composer! Can you catch the rhythm every time?

featuring BEETHOVEN 6 Ecossaises, WoO 83

EPISODE ACTIVITIES

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

Math in Music – Time Signatures (Grade 2-3)
Music: FA.M.2.b.2, FA.B.3.b.2

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

Math in Music – Note Values (Grade 3-4)
Mathematics: 3.4, 4.4; Music: FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b2  

What is Rhythm? (Grade 1-2)
Music: FA.M.1.b.2, FA.M.2.b.2

What is Rhythm? (Grade 3-5)
Music: 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: Ludwig van Beethoven

Class Activity: Rhythm Detective
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 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.