The Cliburn

Programs and Teacher's Guides

A selection of the Cliburn’s Musical Awakenings® programs and downloadable study guides are listed below. Musical Awakenings programs are created and written by Dr. John Feierabend and Shields-Collins Bray. Lesson plans are created by Caroline Ware Hill, Fort Worth ISD Special Interest Program Coordinator at Morningside Elementary School. The Musical Awakenings programs and study guides are fully copyrighted by the Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.

Carnival of the Animals
Mimicking animal sounds or characteristics in music

Many Meters
Musical “beats”

Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je maman

Partnerships: It Takes Two
The piano partners with the flute

Story Songs

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Cliburn to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.



The Cliburn is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors, elected for a four year term. It is sustained by the generous support from individuals, foundations, corporations, the tireless efforts of volunteers, and embraced by the community of Fort Worth. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is a proud member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.