Handbell in Education

Handbell as an educational tools in the Music classroom

To facilitate students’ Music learning, a lot of Music experience is crucial. The implementation of handbell in the Music curriculum provides a medium for students to learn and enjoy Music in the classroom, this could enhance students’ understanding in Music context, and different musical skills. 

Handbell Music incorporates listening, performing and creating. This meets the four key tasks in the Hong Kong Music curriculum. Moreover, it fits “co-operative learning” in the curriculum, this helps to take care of the individual difference in classroom, all students could experience Music by handbells.

Cultivate students’ collaboration skills

A handbell choir or handbell ensemble (in the United States) or handbell team (in England) is a group that rings recognizable music with melodies and harmony, unlike an orchestra or choir in which each musician is responsible for one line of the texture, a bell ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever that note appears in the music. The coordination of the bell ringers requires a different approach than other ensembles, all the ringers read from a complete score, which is similar to a piano score.

Therefore, learning to play handbells is more than acquiring and perfecting individual skills. More importantly, ringers have to develop good team spirits. Handbell ringers need to be aware of the roles of their assigned bells in the piece of music performed. An outstanding performance is the result of the perfect coordination of team members’ use of their eyes, brains, hands and ears. As in learning to play other musical instruments, learning to play handbells can cultivate personal accomplishment. At the same time, ringers can develop their patience and willingness to listen to others through cooperative team building. Such traits are valuable in the personal development of children.