Educators & Schools

Handbells have become an important component of educational programs across the world, both in the instruction of music and in music therapy programs.  Music teachers often choose handbells to assist in teaching students to read, play and perform music.  Teachers choose handbells over other instruments in part because students do not require prior musical training or extensive instruction to be part of a handbell ensemble.  However, teachers also opt for handbells because they provide a unique opportunity for students to develop team skills, since performing handbell music requires strong cooperation, collaboration and communication among members.

Teachers across the United States have used handbell instruction to meet national curriculum standards, with learning units tailored to elementary through high school-age students.  For more guidance on how to use handbell instruction to meet national curriculum standards, go to our Resources page.
Many colleges have also incorporated handbells into their music programs.  Both in performance based and educational based instruction, handbells are a growing embellishment to any school of music.  If fact, there are colleges offering graduate degrees with emphasis on handbell composition and performance.

The photo is of Vivace is a dynamic youth handbell ensemble that is part of the Coro Polifonico Juvenil de Campanas Organization in Puerto Rico under the direction of Carlos J. Ávila-Báez . (photo used with permission)