When we think of handbells in the United States, we think of P.T. Barnum who found handbell ringers in Wales in the 1840’s and dressed them in Swiss costumes to tour the U.S. In fact, there were some four bell towers in the colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. Though change ringing fell out ofContinue Reading Handbells in the United States
Every director says, “look up!” Instantly, all handbell musicians freeze and panic. “What if I lose my place?” “How will I find my way back into the music” or, worse “WHAT IF I MAKE A MISTAKE?!!” What I know is that looking up from the score takes practice. Years of practice. I can personally attestContinue Reading The Terror of Looking at the Director!
Everybody knows that I love handbells. In addition to the obvious opportunity to reduce stress, hone mental and physical dexterity, hone problem-solving skills and build community, I wondered if there was actual research to illustrate some of these positives. Sure enough there is quite a lot*. Did you know that: Middle and high school studentsContinue Reading 5 Reasons Your Child Should Play Handbells!