Certification Classes

The Handbell Musicians of America Certification program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide training and experience at all levels to handbell musicians. These are the Certification classes being offered at this year’s National Seminar.  As these courses fill, priority will be given to those enrolled in the program.  If you are not already enrolled and would like to be, go here.

Please note: Many of the Certification Courses require advance purchase of music and materials and/or a video submission before acceptance to the class. Please visit the specific course pages (links provided below within each class description) for complete details about these requirements.

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Certification 3: Arranging & Composing 2 presented by John Behnke

This course examines arranging and composing for handbells or handchimes.  Good harmonic progressions, secondary dominant chords, melodic and rhythmic variation, form analysis, melodic tessitura, condensing or expanding an arrangement, creating a miniature arrangement of a pre-existing tune and a miniature original composition. Prerequisite: Certification 3 – Music Theory 3 or permission of instructor.  This is a 3-class course. Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course.

Certification: Conducting 1 presented by Lee Afdahl

For successful completion for Conducting 1, candidates must demonstrate and conduct simple mixed meters, clear beat patterns, and preparatory beats; indicate and conduct various changes in tempo; incorporate and convey the intentional use of the non-conducting hand to indicate various musical elements of the selected composition;  demonstrate various subdivisions of the beat as well as the ability to change conducting style to indicate the differences of legato to staccato and vice versa. Candidates should be prepared to conduct portions of one score from memory.  This course is a track as each class is sequential and cumulative.  Final conducting assessment will be videotaped.  Baton required.  This is a 4-class course.  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course, including pre-requisites and video submission requirements.

Certfication: Conducting 2

For successful completion for Conducting 2, candidates must demonstrate and conduct a variety of compound meters and simple mixed meters; indicate and conduct various changes in tempo, incorporate and convey the intentional use of the non-conducting hand to indicate various musical elements of the selected composition, demonstrate various subdivision of the beat as well as the ability to change conducting style to indicate the differences of legato to staccato and vice versa, discuss the form of the composition and possess an understanding of its structure.  Candidates should be prepared to conduct one complete score from memory. This course is a track as each class is sequential and cumulative.  Final conducting assessment will be videotaped..  Baton required.  Prerequisite: Conducting 1.  This is a 4-class course.  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course, including pre-requisites and video submission requirements.

Certification: Handbell Techniques 1 presented by Michele Sharik

Handbell Techniques 1 examines basic handbell and handchime ringing and damping techniques, with an emphasis on ergonomic principles and sound production.  This is a 3-class course.  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course.

Certification: Handbell Techniques 2 presented by Michele Sharik

Handbell Techniques 2 examines basic multiple-instrument handbell and handchime ringing (comonly known as “weaving”) and damping techniques , as well as handbell and handchime articulation techniques. Special attention will be given to identifying current and historical notational conventions for the various handbell and handchime articulation techniques, as well as to principles of ergonomics and sound production. Prerequisite: Handbell Techniques 1. This is a 3-class course.  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course.

Certification: Handbells In the Community presented by Stephanie Rhoades

This class examines the process of establishing and running a community handbell group. Participants will learn about recruiting ringers, holding auditions, choosing repertoire, writing contracts, securing appropriate licenses, and filing required legal and financial documents. It is particularly helpful to those who are currently involved in community choirs, who have an interest in starting a community choir, or want to be an advocate for community choirs. This is a 2-class course.  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course.

Certification: Music Theory 1 presented by Michael Glasgow

This course is a track (i.e., sessions are cumulative and NOT identical in content).  It is part of the requirements for Handbell Musicians of America Level 1 Certification; those seeking certification should plan to attend, though non-certification-seeking people are welcome to attend the first two sessions as well!  (Those seeking certification who wish to attempt to “test out” of Basic Music Theory may attend the third session only.)  Please note that this course is fast-paced and requires participants to possess a working knowledge of basic music reading (e.g., reading treble and bass clef, sharps and flats, time signatures, etc.).  Pre-registration is required.  Please visit certification.handbellmusicians.org to familiarize yourself with the course outline and syllabus before attending the class. This is a 3-session course (two class sessions plus one testing session).  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course.

Certification: Music Theory 2 presented by Michael Glasgow

This fast-paced course is a track (i.e., sessions are cumulative and NOT identical in content).  It is part of the requirements for Handbell Musicians of America Level 2 Certification; those seeking certification should plan to attend, though non-certification-seekers are welcome to attend the first three sessions.  (Those seeking certification who wish to attempt to “test out” of Intermediate Music Theory may attend the fourth session only, though those taking the exam must have already passed the exam for Level 1 [basic music theory]).  Participants should possess a solid knowledge of basic music theory.  Pre-registration for Certification is required.  Please visit certification.handbellmusicians.org to familiarize yourself with the course outline and syllabus, and bring with you all materials and handouts from Level 1. This is a 4-session course (three class sessions plus one testing session).  Attendance at all sessions is required. Go here for more details about this course.

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News & Announcements

Registration for those who pre-registered will open February 1.

General Registration for Nat'l Seminar, Master Class, and Distinctly Teen will open February 15.

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