So, you’d like to use handchimes in the general music classroom or children’s choir rehearsal but you’re not quite sure where to start? We have the solution for you!
Start slowly – choose a folk song which you can teach by rote and has a melody that can be harmonized with two chords. Once the text and melody are learnt, add handchimes in by having your students accompany their singing with chords.
Do this by distributing one handchime to each student and separate the students by chords having the students holding the common pitch stand in the center. Practice each chord separately. Then point to group one or two and practice ringing as indicated.
A chord chart indicating the chord by pitch name or color displayed by projector may also be used. Simply point to the chord at the appropriate time. This is a great way to begin teaching eye-hand coordination. Consider putting Malmark’s colored bands on the handchimes to make chord recognition easier.
Begin to practice singing the song along with the chords indicating which chord is to be rung with the text. If you don’t have enough handchimes to go around add some non-pitched percussion for added rhythm. In no time, you’ll have music in a snap – of the wrist that is!
Here are some recommended folk songs from the ChimeWorks website that use two chords: