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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is handbells.


Six Superlative Sources

· THE AMERICAN GUILD OF ENGLISH HANDBELL RINGERS. The AGEHR was established in 1954 to promote the art of English handbell ringing. Their web site features information about the organization, membership, events and training opportunities, and an online store offering books and tapes on the following subjects related to handbells: conducting, rehearsals/score study, handbell techniques, teaching bells, special groups, adaptive notation, alternate methods, music theory, school issues/young ringers, history/lore, and miscellaneous.

· OVERTONES, the official bi-monthly journal of AGEHR.

· Ringem. Includes: Handbell Manufacturers; Handbell Music Vendors; Handbell Music Publishing; and other resources.

· FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HANDBELLS. Comprehensive question and answer web pages about handbells compiled and produced by Jacques M. Kearns. Many links to other sources of information and FAQ pages.

· WHO'S WHO IN HANDBELLS. A listing (and brief bio) of handbell ringers and directors whose names appear in print, on the Internet, or who attend area and national handbell events.'swhoinhandbells.htm

· HEALTHY RINGING by Susan Berry.

Other Excellent Sources


· THE LEARNING TO RING CURRICULUM by Susan Berry and Janet Van Valey.

· OVERTONES: 1955-1986. A compilation of articles from OVERTONES magazine. Includes technical material and an overview of the history and development of handbells in the United States. Available at AGEHR.

· LIST OF HANDBELL CD RECORDINGS. The most complete list of handbell music recorded on compact discs by handbell groups around the world. Jason Tiller is the compiler.

· HANDBELL-L. An international mailing list of over 1200 directors, ringers, publishers, and others for the purpose of discussing handbell-related topics.

· LifeWay Christian Stores (formerly Baptist Book Stores) have handbell music.

· CHORISTERS GUILD. This organization was founded by Ruth Jacobs and supported by Mabel Boyter, outstanding children's choir director and teacher of techniques. Their magazine also includes articles about handbells and the organization publishes handbell music.

· BELLTALK. Another mailing list, more oriented toward church handbell groups and directors. The discussions are similar to Handbell-L.

· THE FIRST QUARTER CENTURY: 1954-1979. Elizabeth Bradford. Dayton, OH: American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc., 1979. A history of AGEHR.

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