Course E – John Behnke, Instructor

Arranging and Composing

No Level 1

 

Level 2 – Arranging And Composing I

Course E2 examines basic arranging and composing for handbells or handchimes.  Bell ranges, identification of chords, chord progressions, voice leading, melody and descant, optional notes, and the writing of a processional and a 3 octave handbell or handchime arrangement will be done.
Prerequisite: Course C2 Music Theory II or consent of the instructor.

RECOMMENDED EVALUATION PROCEDURES
Each exercise will be written out and evaluated pass or fail by the instructor.

  • Range of bells test
  • Writing of an 8 measure melody
  • Writing of a good descant
  • Chord identification test
  • Writing of bass line
  • Writing of a harmonization
  • Writing of a processional
  • Handbell techniques test
  • Adding of optional 4th and 5th octave notes
  • Ringer perspective identification – could be oral or written
  • Writing of a 3 octave arrangement

All eleven exercises must be successfully passed to complete Course E2 – Arranging and Composing.

RESOURCE MATERIALS
Required Textbook or Music or Other Materials

  • Handbell/Handchime Notation. Dayton, OH.: AGEHR Music. R101. 2010.
  • Staff Paper or Computer Software Music Notation Program like Finale or Sibelius

General bibliography

  • Allured, Donald. Handbell Composing and Arranging. Tustin, CA: National Music Publishers, 1985.
  • Gerou, Tom and Linda Lusk. Essential Dictionary of Music Notation. Los Angeles, CA: Alfred Publishing Co. Inc. 1996.
  • Wagner, Douglas. Scoring for English Handbells. Carol Stream, IL. Agape, 1986.

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Level 3 – Arranging and Composing II

Course E3 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: C3 Music Theory III.

Recommended Evaluation Procedure
Each exercise will be written out and evaluated pass or fail by the instructor.

  • Harmonic exercise that demonstrates good harmonic progression and use of a secondary dominant chord;
  • Exercise which demonstrates melodic and rhythmic variation;
  • Will do a form analysis of a composition;
  • Write an introduction, a variation, and an ending for a given well-known song or hymn
  • Create a two to three octave arrangement from an existing five octave arrangement; and
  • Create a five to seven octave arrangement from an existing three octave arrangement, making appropriate optional notes.
  • Given a piano or keyboard and a set amount of time; write an introduction (2-4 measures), a variation (12-16 measures), and an ending (2-4 measures) to a song or hymn for 2-3 octaves at a minimum of level 3;
  • Given a piano or keyboard and a set amount of time; compose the A section of a free work (at least 16 to 24 measures) for 5 or more octaves of handbells at a minimum of level 3.

All eight exercises must be successfully passed to complete Course E3 – Arranging and Composing II.

Resource Materials
Required Textbook or Music or Other Materials

  • Handbell/Handchime Notation. Dayton, OH.: AGEHR Music. R101. 2010.
  • Staff Paper or Computer Software Music Notation Program like Finale or Sibelius.

General bibliography

  • Allured, Donald. Handbell Composing and Arranging. Tustin, CA: National Music Publishers, 1985.
  • Gerou, Tom and Linda Lusk. Essential Dictionary of Music Notation. Los Angeles, CA: Alfred Publishing Co. Inc. 1996.
  • Wagner, Douglas. Scoring for English Handbells. Carol Stream, IL. Agape, 1986.

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