Overview

Open to students ages 5 and up.  No previous musical experience is required.  Students begin learning handbell technique by playing handchimes.  Students advance by demonstrating skill development during skill day assessment.

It is the intention of FAITH Center that students who participate in our instrumental programs will develop a lifelong love for music and their craft, an appreciation and discernment for great music, through the disciplines of their study students become the whole person that God created them to be.

Handbell Program Objectives

  1. Receive age appropriate instruction in the skills required to play Handbells. skils include: knowledge of handbells, care and cleaning, simple maintenance, proper ringing techniques, sound production.
  2. Receive instruction in the fundamentals of music through the study of Major and Minor scales and etudes, arpeggios, dynamics, articulation, meter, rhythm, and key.
  3. Study the standard handbell literature to learn the concepts of musicality, phrasing, application of style, historical techniques and ideas of the composer.
  4. Appreciate the value of positive critique through performance and discussion.

Handbell Classes

Chimes 1: For students who are ages 5 and up. Class is designed to introduce the basic principals of music in a fun and non-threatening way. Students will learn simple rhythms, note values, and note reading using Chimes. Students participate in May Skill Day.

Chimes II: For students ages seven and up who have successfully completed Chimes 1 and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to Chimes 2. Students learn basic rhythm patterns, note values and note reading as well as ringing and damping techniques. Students perform in the spring and participate in May Skill Day.

Handbells 1: For students ages 10 and up who have successfully completed Chimes 2 and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to Handbells 1. Students learn basic bell ringing techniques, care and maintenance of bells, and the overall development of musicality and musicianship. Students participate in both January and May Skill Days, and perform in the spring.

Handbells 2: For students ages 11 and up who have successfully completed Handbells 1 and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to Handbells 2. Students learn advanced bell ringing techniques and the overall development of musicality and musicianship. Students participate in both January and May Skill Days, and perform in the spring.

Advanced bells: For students who have successfully completed Handbells 2 and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to Advanced Bells. Ability to read and follow music is a necessity as students play advanced repertoire. Students participate in both January and May Skill Days, and perform in both the fall and spring.

Allegro Bells: For students who have successfully completed Advanced Bells and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to Allegro Bells. Ability to read and follow music is a necessity as students play advanced repertoire. Students participate in both January and May Skill Days, and perform in both the fall and spring.

Coda Bells: For students who have successfully completed Allegro Bells and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to Coda Bells by audition only. Ability to read and follow music is a necessity as students play advanced repertoire. Students participate in both January and May Skill Days, and perform in both the fall and spring.

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