This musicianship guide breaks down the main rhythmic and tonal patterns within Lon Beery’s “The Bells” (Three-Part Mixed). It also includes a list of dynamics found throughout the piece.
The Bells | Choral Musicianship Guide
This musicianship guide, used in conjunction with Lon Beery’s “The Bells” (Three-Part Mixed), breaks down the main rhythmic and tonal patterns within the piece. It serves as a guide and teaching tool for the director. Copied and distributed to students, it can be used for a variety of activities and assessments. Directors can begin with using the guide to teach basic rhythmic and tonal patterns within the song. It is an excellent opportunity to review counting and solfege. As students build their knowledge, they can locate the patterns within the piece. Directors can break students into voice parts for sectional work, using the tonal patterns from their voice part as a focus. The guide can be used for games such as “Name That Rhythm”, “Name that Pattern”, or “Forbidden Pattern”. The guide can also be used for assessment. The director can assign specific patterns to students or even let the students choose the patterns they wish to demonstrate.