Workshops

Festival Workshop Registration

Each festival participant has the opportunity to attend 2 workshops during the festival. General (G) workshops are open to all participants. Ringing workshops (T C B) must be chosen according to your choir’s ringing level.

Please choose 4 workshops in order of preference. This will help ensure that you are placed in a workshop that is of interest to you should your first and second choices have reached their maximum registration numbers by the time your registration form is submitted. Workshops will need a minimum of 6 participants to run.

The workshop registration form is at the bottom of this page.

Code Workshop Name
T1 Read & Ring (Tin)
For the Tin level enthusiast – ring through a variety of level 1-2 music.
T2 Sight Ringing (Tin)
Explore the art of sight reading – learn tips and tricks to master and enhance your sight reading skills.
T3 Battery Bells (Tin)
The buckets are macho, the Thumbellinas are Prima Donnas, that leaves the battery … the working stiffs of the handbell world. This workshop focuses on defining the harmony, playing chords precisely and other tools needed to make the ensemble’s engine purr.
T4 Beginner to 4 In Hand Ringing (Tin)
It’s easier than you might think! Come and give it a try! This workshop is for beginners and will cover the basics of getting started with four in hand and Shelley ringing. We will discuss how to hold, ring and dampen each bell as well as ring both at the same time.
T5 Weaving Magic (Tin)
If you find yourself dropping bells, getting your arms tangled or simply leaving out notes because you have the wrong bell in your hand, this workshop is for you! Learn how to smoothly and quickly change your bells, so that you can ring ‘accidentals’ with ease, using one of the 5 standard weaving patterns.
C1 Read & Ring (Copper)
For the Copper level enthusiast – ring through a variety of level 2-3 music.
C2 Sight Ringing (Copper)
Explore the art of sight reading – learn tips and tricks to master and enhance your sight reading skills.
C3 Battery Bells (Copper)
The buckets are macho, the Thumbellinas are Prima Donnas, that leaves the battery … the working stiffs of the handbell world. This workshop focuses on defining the harmony, playing chords precisely and other tools needed to make the ensemble’s engine purr.
C4  Intermediate Four-in-Hand (Copper)
It’s easier than you might think! Come and give it a try! This workshop is for beginners and will cover the basics of getting started with four in hand and Shelley ringing. We will discuss how to hold, ring and damp each bell as well as ring both at the same time.
C5  Weaving Magic (Copper)
If you find yourself dropping bells, getting your arms tangled or simply leaving out notes because you have the wrong bell in your hand, this workshop is for you! Learn how to smoothly and quickly change your bells, so that you can ring ‘accidentals’ with ease, using one of the 5 standard weaving patterns and their variations.
C6  Bell Maintenance (Copper)
Session covers basic handbell maintenance and repair, understanding the mechanics behind the handbell, trouble shooting and problem solving, and learning the intricacies of keeping bells at optima.
C7 Solo Ringing (Copper)
You’ve mastered your two bells and their accidentals, what else is out there? Learn the tools needed to ring an entire song by yourself and take on a new challenge in bell ringing.
C8 Advanced Bell Techniques (Copper)
We will try out different techniques for getting around difficult bell changes. As well, we will practice the new techniques that have appeared in bell music lately.
B1 Read & Ring (Bronze)
For the Bronze level enthusiast – ring through a variety of level 3-4 music.
B2 Sight Ringing (Bronze)
Explore the art of sight reading – learn tips and tricks to master and enhance your sight reading skills.
B3 Battery Bells (Bronze)
The buckets are macho, the Thumbellinas are Prima Donnas, that leaves the battery … the working stiffs of the handbell world. This workshop focuses on defining the harmony, playing chords precisely and other tools needed to make the ensemble’s engine purr.
B4 Intermediate Four-in-Hand (Bronze)
It’s easier than you might think! Come and give it a try! This workshop is for experienced ringers who would like to try four-in-hand ringing. We will cover the basics of getting started with four in hand and Shelley ringing. We will discuss how to hold, ring and damp each bell as well as ring both at the same time.
B5 Weaving Magic (Bronze)
If you find yourself dropping bells, getting your arms tangled or simply leaving out notes because you have the wrong bell in your hand, this workshop is for you! Learn how to smoothly and quickly change your bells, so that you can ring ‘accidentals’ with ease, using one of the 5 standard weaving patterns and their variations.
B6 Bell Maintenance (Bronze)
Session covers basic handbell maintenance and repair, understanding the mechanics behind the handbell, trouble shooting and problem solving, and learning the intricacies of keeping bells at optimal ring.
B7 Bronze Quick Study (Bronze)
If you would like to try learning a piece from start to finish in just 2 hours with ringers you have never met, this is the workshop for you! This will present an exciting and fun challenge! You need to attend BOTH sessions and you need to be open to ringing almost any position (physical limitations, if any, will be considered). We will perform the piece in a mini-ring concert. Since you won’t see the music ahead of time, you need to be able to sight read your part, without taking time to circle notes. An advanced level playing ability is required. You will enjoy this workshop if you love to have fun but work hard at the same time to achieve the best MUSICAL performance possible.
B8 Advanced Bell Techniques (Bronze)
We will try out different techniques for getting around difficult bell changes. As well, we will practice the new techniques that have appeared in bell music lately.
General Workshops
G1 Creative Drum Circle for Handbell Ringers
Groove to the Music – Ear Training for Ringers. Join in on the fun in this educational, laughter filled workshop. The workshop begins as a drum circle where we play a variety of percussion instruments and groove to the rhythm.
We will do some fun and laughter filled ear training activities using bells, xylophones and chimes. We will review the FUNdamentals of music through body movement exercises, singing and hands-on music making. This workshop is designed for all levels of ability. Presented by Jim Arnold, Folklore Music and Arts
G2 Yoga Flow
This class is for ringers who have some prior experience with yoga. We will be flowing through stretches, breathing techniques and relaxing movements. You will develop your flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness and leave feeling calm and centered.
G3 Simple Self Defense
If you can point your finger, stomp your foot and wave hello you can learn these simple techniques. Learn how and where to strike for best effect. (It’s not where you think!)
G4  Beginning Conducting
This class will help you develop basic skills for communicating with a bell choir. We will discuss and practice beat patterns, preparatory beats, cues, cut-offs and use of the left hand. The class will serve as a choir for participants to conduct.
G5 Rhythm Training
This workshop is designed to help you develop your ability to keep time – keeping a steady beat is the key to good rhythm. Based on Paul Hindemith’s “Elementary Training for Musicians”, we will begin with simple exercises that involve clapping and vocalizing, and progress to ever more complex patterns, to eventually being able to carry two different rhythms at the same time. It’s a really fun way to approach rhythm, and is great brain training as well. It will help you create a firm foundation to handle any rhythm with confidence. A handout to continue the practice will be available at the end of class.
G6 Percussion Skills
Proper mechanics can lead to better performance technique. Learn how to properly hold the mallets and apply drumming techniques to get the best sound.
G7 Sound Resonates with Us!
What are overtones? What is resonance? What is your hearing range? ‘Sound’ facts related to bells presented through clear, understandable and entertaining demonstrations and activities by an experienced science presenter. Relevant and of interest to ringers and directors. Soar with Science
G8 Composing for Bells
This workshop will discuss the thought process required to compose a simple piece of music. We will review sections of an original composition and an arrangement to determine how the components fit together.
G9 Boomwackers
These colourful tuned percussion tubes will help you hear harmony and develop your large motor rhythm skills. We will learn exciting pieces and techniques with these tubes and it will keep you on your toes while you have a lot of fun working, laughing and ultimately making music together.
G10 Welcome to Iceland
Ever wonder what Iceland is like? Come learn about a country of contrasts: The Land of Fire and Ice. An introduction to the history and culture of Iceland.
G11 Music and Motion
Learn some basic movements that ANYONE can do to add visual interest to any performance and take it from good to outstanding.
G12 Director’s Roundtable with Michael Glasgow
This workshop is open to only Choir Directors or Assistant Directors. Join together for a roundtable discussion. Bring your questions. Share ideas that have worked well with your groups: rehearsal techniques, fundraising events, group management, etc.

 

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