Get Away From Those Bells! (Barbara Walsh) – We all know that ringing in a bell ensemble is a mental and physical workout that requires a lot of teamwork. Most of us feel like we never have enough rehearsal time, but sometimes it's a good idea to put down the bells and work on those skills away from the ringing table. Let's play some games together that will improve our cognitive and coordination skills while also working together as a team. Who knows? You may even need to put on your dancing shoes!
Marts, Mallets, and Other "Whacky, Bangy" Things: How to Make Them Musical (Ellie Hodder) – This class will take a look at stopped sounds for handbells. Often they are mechanical, rather than musical; and plucks are ignored altogether because "they're hard" (and directors cave!). Understand the various stopped sounds, tame them, and make music.
Perpendicular Six-in-Hand (Mary Liao) – Participants in this class will be exposed to the basics of easy-to-use "perpendicular" six-in-hand. The class will begin with an easy pick up and quick release of the tertiary bell, and then move on to learn to ring with the new stroke using one bell, two bells, and eventually all three bells in one hand. The class will then work through useful six-in-hand exercises and also will focus on how to "travel" a bell six-in-hand style. This class is suggested for ringers who possess intermediate to advanced treble bell skills.
Reading Session (TBD) – Directors and ringers will once again have a chance to sight-read through music new to them. Ringing positions will be available on a first come, first served basis. This is a great opportunity to hear potential new music for your annual repertoire and improve your sight-reading skills. All you need is gloves and a willingness to ring!
Additional Classes to be announced soon!