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Mad Ringing Skills Workshop

October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 am - 7:00 am

Are you new to ringing, or a director with little or no handbell experience? Want to brush up on your ringing
skills, or learn some new ones? Looking for tips on how to handle difficult passages or assignments? Feeling ready to pick up those big bass bells or try to hold 2 tiny treble bells in one hand?

Then come learn everything you ever wanted to know about handbell ringing in one morning!

We present to you our Fall workshop, MAD Ringing Skills (Get it? MADison?)

This workshop is lead by the members of the Madison Area Concert Handbells, who have over 250 collective years of ringing experience. The workshop will be held at First Congregational Church at 1609 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726. Download the brochure

Get your gloves ready for these sessions:

8:30 Check-in
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Choose a breakout session:

  • Elementary Techniques: The focus will be on good handbell ringing form including proper holding, damping, basic notation, dynamics, and common special techniques from plucks and marts to shakes and swing.
  • Small Bells – Big Techniques: Shelley, “four-in-hand”, and other techniques and notations that change for or are peculiar to the small bells (C6 and up).
  • Mallet Musicianship: MACH music director and Madison Symphony Orchestra percussionist Nick Bonaccio will go over strategies for more successful malleting from the mindset of a professional percussionist.
9:55 Break
10:10 Choose a second breakout session

  • Beyond Beginning: This session will cover additional ringing techniques beyond the basics, including how to gracefully play a sequence of bells, and some of the more fun and exotic techniques.
  • Bass Techniques: Learn how YOU can play those big bells (B3 and beyond).
  • Conducting 101 & Techniques for Directors: Learn/review the basics of conducting, as well as how to make corrections and suggestions, boost morale, and reinforce a sense of community within your handbell choir.
10:55 Break
11:10 Choose a third breakout session

  • Rhythmic Headscratchers: Get the tools needed to navigate even the toughest rhythmic challenges with ease, starting with basic rhythms and working our way into more advanced material.
  • Problem Solving: From the simplest “How do I turn that page?” to ideas for “too many bells, not enough hands”, we’ll explore possible answers for handling issues that require thinking outside the box.
  • Starting Young Ringers off on the Right Note: Learn the basics of ringing with a youth choir including time management, music selection, notation, skills, and choir management.
11:55 Closing remarks


$18 per participant.
Groups of 5 or more, $15 per participant.

Registration isĀ closed.


October 13, 2018
4:00 am - 7:00 am
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First Congregational Church
1609 University Ave
Madison, WI 53726 United States
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