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We Need Hand Chimes!

posted Aug 2, 2014, 8:26 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 2, 2014, 8:26 AM ]
For two years now, a group of kids called cuori BELLissimi has been ringing handbells at the 11:45 Mass. They rehearse during the school year on Wednesday afternoons for an hour, developing team work, social interaction and self-esteem. “Ringers” also practice training and self-discipline in motion skills; requiring basic eye-hand coordination and a sense of a rhythmic beat.

A few of our students are beginning to get quite good, though as they get older, they’re not going to want to continue playing the KidsPlay® set of little colored handbells we currently have. But it’s important to keep them interested, since ringing develops overall music literacy. So to maintain their excitement, several manufacturers now make Hand Chime Sets. These lightweight, durable and portable alloy chimes have squared tone chambers which can still be handled without gloves. They have a lower, sustained sound which aids in pitch-matching. They also have striker mechanisms to dampen the tone, teaching the importance of reading note values and adding a new skill to master.

A company called Musician’s Friend that sells mostly to schools offers the Suzuki 25-note, 2-octave set for $624.99 plus free shipping. (That’s $215.00 cheaper than Amazon or eBay!) I know it’s in your heart to give toward this, but if you have anything in your wallet to donate, please contact myself or Sylvia. As soon as we've collected enough, I’ll order the chimes, and hopefully this fall our more experienced ringers will have a new goal to strive for!