Education


There’s a new opportunity for young ringers coming in April, 2016; a National Honors Handbell Ensemble.  The event will be hosted by the Stafford Regional Handbell Society in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While you may not be familiar with the Stafford Regional Handbell Society, you may be familiar with their premier youth ensemble, Ring It!.  Under the direction of Neesa Hart, Ring It! rocked their showcase concert at Pinnacle this...

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Pinnacle 2015 Review

Pinnacle 2015 Review


Posted By on Jul 30, 2015

This post is not just a summary of my time at Pinnacle 2015; this post is about how much freaking handbell fun you can cram into four days. Handbell Musicians of America recently hosted a four day handbell celebration called Pinnacle in Dallas, Texas.  Like most National Seminars, the festival was filled with class sessions on every topic you can imagine from many of the most famous names in handbells.  A quick poll of friends after...

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Creating alternate assignments has always been a fascination of mine, so I thought I would start an occasional series of solutions to bell assignment issues.  The logistics of ringing bells is a constant challenge given that groups only have a limited number of hands to ring a large quantity of bells.  There are lots of standard bell assignments; the most common usually starts with position 1 at C4/D4, position 2 at E4/F4,...

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Many times on this blog we have stumbled into the topic of intellectual property (IP).  It is a field of study that effects many of the things we do as musicians, from music copyright to instrument patents to brand trademarks.  IP law can be vast and confusing. I know I have gaps in my knowledge regarding IP, which is why I was excited when I saw that Crash Course is doing an entire series about IP. Crash Course is a YouTube...

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Both Bryce and I have been listening a lot of podcasts lately.  The number of fantastic programs available around the internet for free is growing faster than we can keep up with.  Besides super popular podcasts like This American Life, Serial, and Freakonomics (which are all excellent) there are a ton of well produced independent shows.  Here’s our list of music related podcasts that we both enjoy: Song Exploder Hosted...

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During Distinctly Bronze West I had lots of time to hang with my friends Brian and Greg.  Being music nerds, we shared all the interesting pieces of music we had found since the last time we had been together.  Greg showed me a piece that made me re-question all my previous notions about the symphony orchestra.  Just watch this lady’s incredible talents without any introduction. This incredible performer is Lucero...

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