The Cliburn designed Musical Awakenings, its signature music education program, to introduce young audiences to classical music. Musical Awakenings programs present the excitement of live piano performances to second, third, and fourth grade students and reinforce the basic elements of music through fun, interactive activities within the context of classical piano repertoire. Musical Awakenings is presented annually to over 52,000 public elementary students across North Texas. The programs are offered at no cost to participating schools.
Dr. John Feierabend, nationally-known director of music education at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and Shields-Collins Bray, principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, develop Musical Awakenings presentations. Each interactive concert, which lasts about 40 minutes, features a program facilitator and guest pianist. A grand piano is brought into the school, and a camcorder and projector are used to project the pianist’s hands onto a screen for all students to view. Illustrations further enhance the students’ experiences.
These programs enable students to approach music through multiple intelligences: linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. In addition, they address national standards in the arts for music education.
The Cliburn produces a study guide in collaboration with the Fort Worth Independent School District for classroom use. The study guide reinforces the schools’ core curriculum through classroom activities and research materials, thus extending the benefits of the Musical Awakenings program and meeting state-mandated education guidelines.
Music Education Consultant – Dr. John Feierabend
Artistic Advisor – Shields-Collins Bray
Director of Education – Susan Robertson
For more information about Musical Awakenings, please contact Susan Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817.738.6536.
CLIBURN YOUTH ARTS EDUCATION SUPPORTERS
A special thank you to those who make our programming for young people possible:
Arts Council Northeast
Arts Council of Fort Worth
BBVA Compass Foundation
C.B. Baird Jr. Foundation
Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation
Colonial Country Club Charities Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas
Virginia C. Dorman
Elizabeth L. and Russell F. Hallberg Foundation
ExxonMobil / XTO Energy
Fort Worth Local No. 126 I.A.T.S.E.
Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation
Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas
Rebecca R. Henson
James Avery Craftsman, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Texas Women for the Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts
The Scot and Melissa Hollmann Foundation Endowment of the Arkansas Community Foundation
The Texas Angel Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Virginia and Robert Hobbs Charitable Trust