Teaching Music Reading to Beginning Handbell Musicians

An effective, efficient and fun (but “colorless”) approach by Dian Ruder Much has been written about teaching beginners to read by non-traditional notation. I have tried and used several of these methods myself at times. Some are very simple, others very elaborate;...

All the Difference

Part 2: Differentiation through handbell solos and small ensembles by Karla Hulne True differentiation means understanding your ringers current levels and challenging them to learn and achieve new skills. Every semester, I encourage students in each of my ensembles to...

How Music Works – Part 3

Part 3: Finding Your Way, with Savvy by Kyler Brengle This is the third in a series of articles about the inner workings of music theory. It’s the first rehearsal of the season and your bell notebook is full of new pieces. Your director says, “OK, let’s start...

All the Difference

Part 1: Keeping Your Program Strong Throught Differentiated Instruction by Karla Hulne Change is inevitable. As a public school music educator, each year has me saying farewell to students I have invested many years of instruction into, and greeting a new group of...

Festivals with “Class”

by Kathleen Wissinger Designing the perfect event for a school-based handbell ensemble Picture the perfect event for your school-based ringing group: A mid-week school day in the Spring full of focused ringing, outdoor games, good food and fellowship perhaps? Eight...