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Let the Children Ring!

posted May 26, 2012, 12:13 PM by Steven Vaughan
This summer I'm starting a children's handbell choir: Hearts and Handbells!  Kids will learn basic music notation and how to properly ring handbells.   Becoming a “ringer” develops team work; artistic expression; social interaction and self-esteem.  It  also provides training and self-discipline in motion skills.  And since each member is needed, each one feels wanted. 

It might surprise you to know that musical ability is NOT the most important characteristic to be successful!  A good ringer must want to be involved; have a willingness to learn and a commitment to attend every rehearsal (a lack of responsibility toward practices is a strong detriment to any group.  Ask any coach.)  It requires basic eye-hand coordination and a sense of a rhythmic beat. 

Statistics prove that participating in a group music ensemble can raise a young child's IQ and increase their ability to think and reason.  These students eventually have higher SAT scores.  And the more they study music, the more impact it has on their learning.  Joining any ensemble builds a community within a small group of people who might otherwise have no reason to build friendships with one another.  And training and encouraging future church musicians is a way to create a legacy of “full and active participation” in worship.

Thanks to parishioner's generosity, we have a set of children's handbells.  But if you wish to support us with some instructional resources, log into Amazon.com, and under Wish Lists, type my name, Steven Vaughan, and you'll find a list called Hearts and Handbells with some very inexpensive items on it that if you purchase, will automatically be shipped right to us!

The first 45-minute rehearsal for children ages 6 – 10 will be on Saturday, June 30 in the air-conditioned Good Shepherd, and continue weekly on Saturday afternoons.  Please contact me if your child wishes to participate, so I can get you the details.  And remember, a bell's not a bell 'til you ring it!
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