Not Just Another Workshop: From a Teachers Perspective

October 28, 2015

We cannot begin to thank everyone who attend Not Jut Another Workshop on Saturday, Octobe 25, 2015. We had an amazing turnout and even better feedback. Based on the numbers and the surveys it was a huge success. However, we thought about asking a few of our teachers what they thought about NJAW (as we so fondly called it). Here is what they had to say.

"I was given the opportunity to spend the morning of the workshop talking about stopped sounds; martellato, mallets, and plucks. Proper execution for each of these techniques is important not only for the health of the bell but also the long-term well-being of the ringer. The stopped sound techniques were a fun way to get the participants involved with their hands on the bells and give them the chance to try new approaches to established knowledge." – Sara Cage

 "Two weeks crammed into four days; that is what it felt like at Handbell Musicians of America’s Pinnacle event. As we left the event we started talking about how we could share what we learned with those that did not attend. Thus began the idea of Not Just Another Workshop.


One of the classes that I enjoyed the most and that really stuck with me was “Put Down Those Bells” taught by Stevie Berryman. I had never had so much fun learning about bell techniques. This, of course, meant that I had the task of teaching some of the same techniques at our own workshop. With Stevie Berryman sending me a short refresher, I set out to try making this class a fun, energetic, hands-on, informative experience. If the laughter and noise were any indication, the class was a success.


As a board member of Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble, it was an honor to teach at our first ever workshop. I look forward to us sponsoring many more events like this one." – Pat Birney

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