There are eight bells which correspond to the white notes on the piano
between middle C and high C, mounted on white stands. There are eight
matching bells mounted on brown stands.
The teacher takes a bell and a striker and sits beside the child.
She shows him how to get a true note by striking the bell on the
rim. She listens to the note dying away. She repeats this once or
twice. Each time she strikes the bell she sings the note. She
shows the child how to stop the sound when he wants to by putting
a finger gently on the rim of the bell.
The child has the bell striker. The child chooses a bell and
practices striking it. He listens to the note and tries to sing
Most very young children do not sing it in tune. They must
never be corrected or made to stop singing. With practice and
through listening to simple notes, all children gradually sing in
To let the children have the experience of listening to single
Pairing The Bells
The child has already listened to single notes and has learned how
to strike the bells.
The teacher places 4 bells, the white and brown G and C, on a
table, with white to one side and brown to the other side. She
strikes both Cs slowly. Then she strikes C and G. She strikes the
two Cs and puts them together saying, "They are the same." She
repeats for the two Gs. She strikes both pairs again, softly
singing the notes. She mixes the bells and encourages the child to
pair them. When the child understands the exercises, he can work
The child pairs the bells. When the child can pair four bells he
can take more pairs from the bell table. He takes the bells he
wants to pair off the bell table and places them on another
table. He arranges them in two groups according to color. He pairs
the brown ones with the corresponding white ones until he can pair
them all. The teacher encourages him to sing the note softly when
he strikes a bell. When he is pairing all the bells well, he can
have the black and brown bells corresponding to the sharps and
flats to pair, also.
Development of the sense of hearing
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