Beyond Hand Bells

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This week, Tucson Songstress friends, I have decided to treat my Top 10 Tuesday music activity a little differently than I have previously.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, I am going to refer you all to another blog.  When seeking out some ideas for hand bell activities, I found a couple of absolutely fun and engaging activities created by a music therapist in Tallahassee, FL.  I so enjoyed reading these activities that I have to pass them along to you.  So, forgive me for not creating the activity myself, but these are as good as you can get.

The blog name is called “Beyond the Music.”  Here is the website:  http://beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com

Before heading to the site, you will need a couple of items:

–1 set of 8-note hand bells.  Here are a picture of them:

HandBells

You can find them on Amazon.com for purchase.  Click HERE to view them.

(2)  You will also need a recording of the song “Lucky” by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillet.  Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear it.

Personally, I think this activity is best for older school-aged children (3rd grade) through middle schoolers.

To summarize the activity, “Beyond the Music” has the student listen to “Lucky”, provides hand bell easy-to-follow sheet music and instruction how to play along to the song.  I think the modern song and the gratifying success of adding pleasing sounds to it will really engage any young person wishing to play along.  Here is the link to view “Beyond the Music’s” Jason Mraz hand bell activity:  http://beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com/2011/06/jason-mraz-group-handbell-activity.html

The site also provides the same great hand bell activity to Yael Naim’s song, “New Song.”  Click HERE to listen to it on Youtube.  Here is “Beyond the Music’s” Yael Naim hand bell activity:  http://beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-soul-on-handbells.html

I know you and your child will have a blast listening to modern pop music together and adding your own cool music to these already fun songs.  Kudos to “Beyond the Music” for putting it all together. Enjoy!

Thank you for  checking out the Top 10 Tuesday music activity this week, and please come back every Tuesday so we can bring music education into your home.  For a complete list of all the Top 10 Tuesday musical instruments under $40 that will help promote music education in your home, click HERE.  For an archive of previous activities, click HERE.  Until next week….play on!

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About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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