Each choir is made up of 12-16 ringers. Each ringer is assigned 2-4 bells to ring. Each ringer must read the musical score and only ring their notes when called for in the music. This is a very different musical skill than required on most instruments. Piano, for instance, requires that you play all the notes, while flute requires that you play the notes written for flute, which are only one at a time. Ringing bells require that you read the music, count, and play just your assigned notes. This takes great teamwork.
Students in fourth and fifth grade have the opportunity to learn to play handbells. The ability to already read music is a plus, but not a requirement. Those entering with no prior music experience will be taught the skills they need - music reading and musicianship, along with learning to ring the bells.
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