A FREE* one-day workshop for Handbell Directors!
*See the “Registration” section below for more information.
Event Location: Worthington United Methodist Church
Worthington United Methodist Church
600 High St
Worthington, OH 43085
Members of Handbell Musicians of America: FREE
Non-members of Handbell Musicians of America: $10
Educators who are members of their state MENC: FREE
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
|8:30 – 9:00 AM||Registration.|
|9:00 – 10:15 AM||Session 1|
|10:30 – 11:45 AM||Session 2|
|12:00 – 1:00 PM||Lunch (on your own)|
|1:15 – 2:30 PM||Session 3|
|2:45 – 3:30 PM||Session 4|
|3:30 – 4:00 PM||Event wrap-up|
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all classes are ’round-table’ style – all participants are invited and welcome to contribute questions and ideas on the topic.
CONDUCTING 1 AND CONDUCTING 2 – Stephanie Nash
These are hands-on sessions. We will have a small handbell ensemble to play what the participants are conducting. Session 1 will be conducting basics, designed for those directors who have found themselves to be in charge of a group for a reason other than musical training in their background (you play piano, you have been ringing bells for x number of years). Conducting 1 will span two sessions to allow plenty of time for instruction and practice. The emphasis will be on clear and accurate conducting patterns. Session 2 will be more advanced, with practice and suggestions for fermatas, tempo changes, cueing, and more.
HANDBELL MAINTENANCE – Denise Holmes
A discussion (with some hands-on moments) of pro-active handbell maintenance – polishing, adjusting clappers, tightening handles. And what if the spring breaks 15 minutes before the service/concert? We will discuss taking care of your handbells – Malmark, Schulmerich, or Whitechapel.
HOW TO CHOSE REPERTOIRE (recommended for educators) – Chris McManus
A discussion about selecting appropriate music for the ensemble – accurate level (using the AGEHR Handbell Notation Guide) as well as titles to meet the needs of your group.
INVOLVING YOUTH (recommended for educators) – Patty Saunders
A discussion about involving youth (elementary through high school) in handbell ringing, including repertoire ideas, scheduling possibilities, and recruiting techniques.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF YOUR RINGERS – Denise Holmes
Once you have recruited your target group, there might be ways to make bells even more attractive to the ringers. Youth rehearsing after school? Maybe a snack and an active musical game to start the rehearsal. Young parents? Providing dependable child care could make all the difference. Starting a handbell ensemble at school? Daily rehearsals will change your plan and execution of each rehearsal. Senior citizens? Maybe working out rides to and from rehearsal or providing a social/meal time for your ringers will make a difference. Please bring ideas and questions to share.
MY FAVORITE LEVEL 1-2 MUSIC (AND WHY) – Chris McManus
A sharing session about why you keep programming certain musical selections for certain events (first Sunday/concert of the year, holiday events, etc). Please bring along several copies of your choices to pass around for other participants in the session to peruse (and return). This session will include Level 1 and Level 2 Handbell and/or Handchime selections.
MY FAVORITE LEVEL 3-4 MUSIC (AND WHY) – Patty Saunders
A discussion about selecting higher level music – when to move up and what you chose – and why. Popular music? New title? Great composer? Your ringers just LOVE it? Please bring along a few copies of the music for other participants to peruse (and return).
MY FAVORITE HANDBELL MUSIC WITH OTHER INSTRUMENTS (AND WHY) – Rhonda Blacklock
A discussion about our favorite bells plus keyboard (organ or piano) or other instruments (flute, violin, clarinet, cello, percussion, etc.) Why is it your favorite and what are the expectations for the instrumentalist? Please bring along a few copies of your favorites for other participants in the session to peruse (and return).
ORGANIZING YOUR REHEARSAL – Chris McManus
A discussion about successful techniques to get the most from the 45 or 60 or 75 minute rehearsal. Warm-ups? Technique review? Sight-reading? Intense practice? Polishing? And what about set-up and tear-down? All in one rehearsal?? How can we fit it all in?
RECRUITING – Patty Saunders
A discussion about successful techniques plus new ideas on getting more ringers. We are all looking for more ringers – to supplement our current group, act as substitutes, create a new group, or fill in gaps. Please bring along ideas that you have used that have worked for you, whether it is school, church, youth, adults, special events, or other situation.
TEACHING RINGING TECHNIQUES (recommended for educators) – Rhonda Blacklock
A hands-on session helping to establish best practices for teaching correct and healthy ringing techniques for any age or level of ringer.
TRAVELING WITH YOUR HANDBELLS – Rhonda Blacklock
Are you planning a trip to the local nursing home? Local summer festival? Elementary school? An Area 5 Festival? Several day/week tour? Bring your ideas to share about ways that your travels were made easier – or more difficult – based on choice and decisions about what you took along and how you got it there as well as making contact with the location and what to look for in the performance space.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ONLY HAVE 5 RINGERS? – Denise Holmes
Perhaps you are planning a summer worship participation; maybe a visit to the local Senior Center; maybe it wasn’t planned at all, but suddenly instead if 11-14 ringers, you only have 5 or 6 ringers! What to do – repertoire suggestions and ideas to make the rehearsal (and following performance, if planned) successful.
YOUR BELL ROOM – Rhonda Blacklock
Whether you use a shared space, have a dedicated bell room, or have to set up and tear down for each rehearsal, we will share and discuss how to make it work. Is the space large enough for the group? Are you planning a new facility? Do you need to fit into spaces that are already in use? Please bring ideas to share.
For questions about the Director Workshop please contact Denise Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org