Students will learn how to read coloured alphabets as well as play advanced music on handbells in a group-setting, focusing on higher level chord work and melody work. The programme seeks to improve students’ physical coordination (reaction times), turn-taking skill and hand-eye coordination. Beyond mastering basic coordination, students will also learn fundamental handbells ringing techniques. Lastly, the programme also prepares students for more independent music-making.
For students from 6 to 9 years old:
Students will learn how to read coloured alphabets as well as play simple music on desk bells in a group-setting, focusing on simple chord work. The programme seeks to improve students’ physical coordination (reaction times), turn-taking skill and hand-eye coordination. Another important component of the programme is group work, where students gain opportunities to improve their social skills through music-making. Parents are encouraged to participate in the programme with their children.
About the Artist
Damien Lim is the Music Director and Founder of Ministry of Bellz, a premier Singaporean Handbells Ensemble. He is currently Handbells Director of three Special Education schools, five Secondary schools and two Primary schools.
Damien is a Certified Stave House Method Trainer (UK) and has completed “Working and Facilitating the Learning of Children with Special Needs in the Arts” course by Social Service Institute and National Arts Council.
About the Artist
Chen Si is a pioneer member of the Ministry of Bellz and has been playing the handbells for
14 years. She is extremely experienced working with children with special needs and is part of the
NAC Artiste-SPED School Partnership Programme (with the Ministry of Bellz Limited). She
was also a former handchimes instructor at Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School and
Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped.
A graduate from Dunman High School’s Music Elective Programme (MEP), Chen Si has taken part in various music competitions, including the National Vivace Piano Competition, where she emerged second. She is currently pursuing her second diploma in
piano performance (LTCL) with Trinity College London.