English Handbells and Handchimes in the School Music Curriculum

Dr. Kenneth L. Liske
Midwest Kodály Music Educators Conference
October 17, 2009 • Milwaukee, WI

This session is meant to address rationales, objectives, and curricular models for incorporating handchime instruments and English Handbells in the upper elementary through high school curricula, both in classroom instruction and performance settings. It will include hands-on ringing experience for beginners, excerpts, examples of effective strategies, literature, and instructional materials. Practical information for obtaining chimes and support will also be addressed.

Handchimes as Instructional Tools
Handchimes are well suited for classroom music instruction:

Handchimes for Classroom Performance
Handchimes make excellent classroom performance instruments: Handchime Support
Membership in the American Guild Of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) includes professional support and resources, seminars, workshops, handbell festivals, and subscriptions including the journal Overtones.Contact AGEHR to find your area leadership directory or to inquire about handchime loan programs, grants, and director's scholarships.
The American Guild Of English Handbell Ringers, Inc
1055 E. Centerville Station Road, Dayton, OH  45459-5503
AGEHR Handbell Hotline: 1-800-878-5459 http://www.agehr.org/

CHIME -- The Committee for Handbells/Handchimes in Music Education
(the music education arm of AGEHR)

Some Suggested Resources
    To purchase resources from AGEHR, visit http://www.agehr.org/
    To purchase resources from MENC, visit http://www.menc.org/ Handchime Manufacturers
For pricing information and available products, visit each manufacturer's web page. Click the product name below to go directly to the purchase information for that product.
Malmark Choirchimes
Malmark, Inc.
Bell Crest Park, PO Box 1200
Plumbsteadville, PA  18949
1-800-426-3235
www.malmark.com

Schulmerich MelodyChimes & MelodyWave
Schulmerich Bells
Carillon Hill, PO Box 903
Sellersville, PA  18960-0903
1-800-772-3557
www.schulmerichbells.com

Suzuki Tone Chimes & Chimettes
Suzuki Corporation
PO Box 261030
San Diego, CA  92196-1030
1-800-854-1594
www.suzukimusic.com

Rhythm Band Belleplates
Rhythm Band Instruments, Inc.
P.O. Box 126,
Ft. Worth, TX  76101
www.rhythmband.com



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