Handbell Choir Grades 7-12

This course is offered to all students who wish to learn to play handbells in an ensemble setting. This course is recommended for students who read music and/or have some performance experience.

    Performing and Creating
1-4 1 a. Develop handbell techniques: ringing, dampening, shake, thumb damps, martellato, tower swings, weaving, 4-in-hand, etc.
1-5   b. Perform a varied repertoire of handbell music alone and with others.
1-3 1 c. Demonstrate ability to read a handbell score and describe how the elements of music are used.
1, 5   d. Perform in scheduled concerts or other musical events.
7968e. Investigate careers in music fields.
    History and Culture
31-3, 7, 81 a. Explore various historical, cultural, and pop styles.
 3  b. Identify periods of history as handbell use developed, and classify examples.
    Evaluation and Analysis
1-3, 5   a. Demonstrate individual competency in an ensemble setting.
4 1-3 b. Listen to, analyze, and describe examples of handbell music.
44, 52-4 c. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic expressive qualities and explain the musical elements used.
    Aesthetic Appreciation
1-4   a. Recognize individual competency in an ensemble setting.
4, 6  2b. Explain relationships between music and the other arts, describing similarities and distinctions.
   2, 5c. Attend various musical events.

*Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

• Concert performances
• Participation
• Progress reports
• Rehearsal discipline
• Self-evaluation
• Teacher evaluation of overall performances
• Technical proficiency