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.

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.

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.