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Handbell Musician Certification and Accreditation Weekend


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Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Bloomington, MN
Lee Afdahl – Conducting, Karen Van Wert – Handbell Techniques

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Complete Level 1 of Handbell Musician Certification in Handbell Techniques and Conducting in Area 7!   We will also be offering Accreditation for faculty to teach Level 1 Certification courses in Conducting.  Each Accreditation class is limited to 6 faculty candidates.

Karen Van Wert will teach Handbell Techniques 1 Certification. Lee Afdahl will teach Certification and Accreditation for Conducting Level 1.  An additional application is required for Accreditation candidates.  Please complete the application prior to registering for the event.

Choose an option below to see more details.

For more information about these certification courses, select the appropriate line:

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The Handbell Musician Certification program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide training and experience at all levels to handbell musicians.  The study areas are Music Theory, Handbell Techniques, Conducting, Arranging and Composing, Handbell History (available on-line now!) & electives. Click here to see more information about the program

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Register now at the link below.  Members, be sure to log in to your member account before you follow the link. Not already a member? Join here.

Certification Class Fees:

  • Any 1 Level 1 Certification Class:     $170
  • Both Level 1 Certification Classes: $240


Accreditation Class Fee:

  • Accreditation: $225

Please note, to participate in the Accreditation Class, students must first complete an application for acceptance to the course.  A $50 non-refundable application fee is also required.  This fee will be applied to your registration fee if accepted.

See complete details and appiy for Accreditation here.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a $50 cancellation penalty for any cancellations received before Dec. 22.  After December 22, no refunds will be given for any reason.  A cancellation will be considered confirmed when written notice is received by the event registrar, Vickie Iverson at

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Lodging for the Event

Lodging is provided at the AmericInn of Bloomington West at the sharply reduced rate of $99 per night (plus taxes) for a double occupancy room.  Free breakfast is provided, as well as free in-room Wi-Fi and many other amenities. To register, use the promo code HANDBELL.  Hotel details are here: .  The hotel does provide a shuttle to and from the airport, and may be able to take you to the class site.


Breakfast is provided at the hotel.  Lunch and dinners are on your own.

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Friday, January 13
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Conducting Class Period 1
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Conducting Class Period 2
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Conducting Class Period 3
Free evening for study
Saturday, January 14
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Handbell Techniques Class Period 1
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Handbell Techniques Class Period 1
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Conducting Testing
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Conducting Evaluation Discussions (10 minutes each)

Handbell Techniques 1 Testing

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Segments include discussion of class materials, pedagogy and mock teaching.

Friday, January 13
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM      Conducting Accreditation Segment 1
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM    Observe Conducting Class Period 1
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM      Lunch/Conducting Accreditation Segment 2
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM        Observe Conducting Class Period 2
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM        Conducting Accreditation Segment 3
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM        Observe Conducting Class Period 3
5:15 PM – 7:00 PM        Dinner Break
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM        Conducting Accreditation Mock Teaching
Saturday, January 14
11:00 AM -12:15 PM      Observe Conducting Testing
12:15 PM-1:30 PM         Lunch/Complete evaluations
1:30 PM-3:00 PM           Conducting Evaluation Discussions (~10 minutes each)


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