Reply To: Handbells in Public School?
I don’t know if this might work, but you have a small budget you might want to look into hand chimes or tone chimes http://www.suzukimusic.com/education/tonechimes/ which are MUCH more affordable than traditional handbells. They have a similar timbre to handbells, and they’re played in a similar way and you’d be teaching pretty much the same skills through using them. Plus, I would think they’d be a lot easier to maintain with middle schoolers using them–they don’t tarnish from oils from the hands like handbells do, so you don’t have to worry about gloves… I would also think that they’re a lot sturdier, in case one of them gets dropped, and since they lay flat on a table, you don’t need to worry about the special pads. There are a few videos on YouTube of school and church groups using tone chimes where you can hear how they sound–here is one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHDL6yq5HsE