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Level 1 Music

Level 1 music is defined as:

  • Meters: 4/4, C (Common time), 3/4, and 2/4
  • Notes and/or rest values: whole, half, dotted half and quarter notes
  • Rhythmic Elements: no subdivision of beats, simple use of ties
  • Techniques: ring, shoulder damp, shake, thumb damp, echo, matellato, swing and ring-touch – all with adequate preparation time
  • No accidentals changes
  • Dynamic Levels: all from pp to ff, with limited use of crescendo or diminuendo
  • Tempo: slow to moderate

 

  • 5 Carols for Beginning Ringers . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    $4.95 $3.96 5 Carols for Beginning Ringers . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    Arr by Anna Laura Page . . . Christmas . . .  Level 1 carols arranged in chords with some independent movement of the melody line.  Special techniques are carefully added to each arrangement without overwhelming...

  • 5 Hymns for Beginning Ringers . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    $4.95 $3.96 5 Hymns for Beginning Ringers . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    Arr by Anna Laura Page . . . Sacred Classic Hymns Collection . . .  These are five Level 1 hymns easily arranged in chords with some independent movement in the melody line. Special techniques are carefully added to...

  • A Bit of Bach . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 A Bit of Bach . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . . This is one of a very clever set of arrangements that introduces famous classical melodies at Level 1. It includes easily taught techniques, emphasizes...

  • A Bit Of Beethoven . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 A Bit Of Beethoven . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . .  This is one in a very clever set of arrangements by Sharon Rogers that introduces famous classical melodies at Level One. The series...

  • A Bit of Handel . . . L1 2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 A Bit of Handel . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . .  This is one of a very clever set of arrangements that introduces famous classical melodies at Level 1. The series includes easily taught techniques,...

  • A Bit of Haydn . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 A Bit of Haydn . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Secular or Sacred Classic Collection . . .   One in a very clever series of arrangements that includes three short arrangements of Haydn themes for Level One.  Each...

  • A Bit of Mozart . . . L1 2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 A Bit of Mozart . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . . This is one in a very clever set of arrangements by Sharon Rogers that introduces famous classical melodies at Level One.  It includes easily...

  • A Carol Festival . . . L1  2oct
    $4.50 $3.60 A Carol Festival . . . L1 2oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Christmas Classic We like this very much at Handbell Services (we also recommend the 2-3 octave version).   It is marked Level 2 but is really a Level 1+, with chords to...

  • A Carol Jubilee . . . L1  2-3oct
    $4.25 $3.40 A Carol Jubilee . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Christmas Carols . . .  This is a straight-through arrangement of three Christmas Carols -- "How Great Our Joy", "Unto Us A Baby Is Born", and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing".  ...

  • A Caroling Medley . . . L1  2-3oct
    $2.75 $2.20 A Caroling Medley . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Sharon Elery Rogers . . . Christmas Classic . . .  This is a solid Christmas performance piece for a Level One choir.   It is a fine teaching piece for all sorts of musical basics like changing time...

  • A Christmas Lullaby . . . L1  2-3oct
    $4.50 $3.60 A Christmas Lullaby . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Anna Laura Page . . . Christmas Tunes . . .  This is a lovely Level 1+ arrangement of two songs of Christmas -- O Come Little Children and Still, Still, Still. The two carols go from one to the next in the same...

  • A Happy Song . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.50 $2.80 A Happy Song . . . L1 2-3oct
    By Tammy Waldrop . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . .  This is a superb original composition for a Level One choir that can be used in any concert or in any service -- it is well described as happy in content, and is...

  • A Joyous Song . . . L1 2-3or3-5oct
    $4.25 $3.40 A Joyous Song . . . L1 2-3or3-5oct
    Arr by Carol Scheel . . . Original composition . . .   This interesting original music is in a "joyful minor key", if there is such a thing.   It moves right along in f and in ff without hesitation in an...

  • A Jubilant Peal . . . L1  2-3oct
    $4.50 $3.60 A Jubilant Peal . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Michael Helman . . . Original Composition . . .  This is a solid Level 1+ "pealing of bells", full and strong and reverberant throughout. There are nice melodies, and the sound and flow of tower...

  • A Jubilant Peal . . . L1  3-5oct
    $4.50 $3.60 A Jubilant Peal . . . L1 3-5oct
    Arr by Michael Helman . . . Original Composition . . .  This is a solid Level 1+ "pealing of bells", full and strong and reverberant throughout. There are nice melodies, and the sound and flow of tower bells is the...

  • A Round of Praise . . . L1  3-5oct
    $3.95 $3.16 A Round of Praise . . . L1 3-5oct
    By Michael Helman . . . Secular or Sacred . . .  This is a great original piece for a returning choir in the fall - it's a bridge between Level 1 and Level 2, and could also be an extender into the 3-5 octave...

  • A Simple Celebration . . . L1  3oct
    $3.50 $2.80 A Simple Celebration . . . L1 3oct
    By Kevin McChesney . . . Secular or Sacred Early Classic . . .  This is a piece that sounds bigger and fuller than it looks -- we've heard it used at festivals all over the country. It is a classic of the Level 1...

  • A Simple Song of Joy . . . L1 2-3oct
    $3.50 $2.45 A Simple Song of Joy . . . L1 2-3oct
    By Michael Keller . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . .  Currently on sale at 30% off . . . limited supply . . .  This is a feature for a choir with a good junior high/decent high school flutist available, and...

  • A Time For Joy . . . L1  3-5oct
    $4.50 $3.38 A Time For Joy . . . L1 3-5oct
    By Cynthia Dobrinski . . . Secular or Sacred Original Composition . . .  Currently on sale at 25% off . . .  This is music of high energy and sparkle throughout in Cynthia Dobrinski's inimitable style -- it...

  • All Creatures Of Our God And King . . . L1  2oct
    $4.50 $3.60 All Creatures Of Our God And King . . . L1 2oct
    Arr by Linda Lamb . . . Hymn Tune . . .  This is a fast-moving, high-energy arrangement that is very showy.  Linda calls for "joyful abandon" at a fast speed, and mixes in clicking mallets with table mallets for...

  • All Glory, Laud and Honor . . . L1  3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 All Glory, Laud and Honor . . . L1 3oct
    Arr by Charles Maggs . . . Easter Hymn Tune . . .  This is a strong and celebratory arrangement that is a solidly chordal Level 1 piece, even though the publisher rates it a Level 2.   It is entirely written with...

  • Alleluia! Amen! . . . L1  3-5oct
    $4.50 $3.60 Alleluia! Amen! . . . L1 3-5oct
    Arr by Karen Buckwalter . . . Hymn Tune . . . This is a clever Level 1+ piece that is both a hymn tune and a bell peal fanfare. We like this because it is not dominated by the high bells at the top, but includes the...

  • Amazing Grace . . . L1  2-4oct
    $4.50 $3.60 Amazing Grace . . . L1 2-4oct
    Arr by Dennis Robert . . . American Folk and Religious Hymn . . .  This is a user-friendly L1 arrangement of Amazing Grace for handbells.   The handbell part is in block chords from beginning to end, and yet...

  • Amazing Grace . . . L1 2-3oct
    $3.50 $2.80 Amazing Grace . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Michael Helman . . . Sacred Hymn Classic . . . This is a good introduction piece for three special techniques, and excellent for teaching confident ringing and Level 1 bass ringing.  It incorporates the...

  • Animal Antics (Today's Handchimes) . . . L1 3oct
    $3.50 $2.80 Animal Antics (Today's Handchimes) . . . L1 3oct
    By Kirtsy Mitchell . . . Classic Secular Musical Scenes . . .  This is a suite of four musical scenes "with animals" that are wonderful for a children's handbell or handchime choir -- each animal is described...

  • Away In A Manger . . . L1  3oct
    $3.95 $2.96 Away In A Manger . . . L1 3oct
    Arr by Alan Lohr . . . Christmas Hymns . . .  Currently on sale at 25% off . . .  This is a nice Level 1+ arrangement of both the common tunes for Away In A Manger (Mueller and Cradle Song), played back to back...

  • Basic Training for Bells . . . Book/Text  L1
    $12.95 $10.36 Basic Training for Bells . . . Book/Text L1
    Arr by Venita MacGorman . . . Classic Teaching book . . .  This is essentially a skill-creating book for young ringers, with cartoon illustrations including fifteen ringing skills presented sequentially...

  • Bass Bell Techniques
    $10.00 Bass Bell Techniques
    By Thomas Parsons . . . Performance Book . . .  This small, 26-page book is an excellent introduction to bass bell ringing; attractively presented, with color photographs on many of the pages. The book...

  • Be Thou My Vision . . . L1 3-4oct
    $3.95 $2.57 Be Thou My Vision . . . L1 3-4oct
    Arr by Stan DeWitt . . . Sacred Hymn Classic . . .  Currently on sale at 35% off . . . limited quantity . . .  Even though this has some 8th notes and note changes, this is still a Level 1 arrangement. Block...

  • Begin to Ring . . . L1/L2 Collection 2oct
    $10.95 $8.76 Begin to Ring . . . L1/L2 Collection 2oct
    Arr by Frances Callahan/Martha Lynn Thompson . . . Early Sacred Classics . . .   A sequential and substantial collection of 43 simple sacred pieces from Level One into Level Two.  The arrangements...

  • Begin to Ring . . . L1/L2 Collection 3oct
    $10.95 $8.76 Begin to Ring . . . L1/L2 Collection 3oct
    Arr by Frances Callahan/Martha Lynn Thompson . . . Early Sacred Classic . . .  This is a substantial and sequential collection of 43 simple sacred pieces from Level One into easy Level 2.  It is one...

  • Beginning Busy Ringers . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    $29.95 $23.96 Beginning Busy Ringers . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    By Kirtsy Mitchell . . . General Education . . .  We like this book very much for teaching music with chimes or bells from the very beginning.  There are 56 pages of music, exercises, teaching pages,...

  • Bell Jubilee_ . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.50 $2.80 Bell Jubilee_ . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Anna Laura Page . . . Secular and Sacred Classic . . .  This is an attractive and energetic piece to play along with a solo flute, oboe, or violin -- the arranger says that an instrument is optional, but we...

  • Bell Peal on "Holy, Holy, Holy" . . . L1  2oct
    $3.50 $2.80 Bell Peal on "Holy, Holy, Holy" . . . L1 2oct
    Arr by Linda Lamb . . . Sacred Hymn . . .  This is an unusually interesting piece for Level 1 that uses bell tower patterns in two spots -- with lots of advice for finding the melodies and playing with musical...

  • Bell Peal On Lasst Uns Erfreuen . . . L1  3or5oct
    $3.95 $2.77 Bell Peal On Lasst Uns Erfreuen . . . L1 3or5oct
    Arr by Linda Lamb . . . Hymn Tune Classic . . .  Currently on sale at 30% off . . . limited quantity . . .  This is quite an amazing arrangement for Level 1, taking the Lasst Uns Erfreuen (All Creatures Of Our...

  • Blessed Jesus, We Are Here . . . L1  3oct
    $3.95 $2.57 Blessed Jesus, We Are Here . . . L1 3oct
    Arr by Shawn Gingrich . . . Sacred . . .  Currently on sale at 35% off . . . limited supply . . .  This meditative arrangement of a well-known 17th century German chorale is appropriate any time of year...

  • Bound for Glory . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.99 $3.19 Bound for Glory . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Tammy Waldrop . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . .  This is a fixture in our Classic Library - a terrific piece of Level One music that can be used in school, community, or church situations. It combines two...

  • Bring a Torch . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 Bring a Torch . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Kevin McChesney . . . Christmas Classic . . .  This is an excellent piece for a beginning Level 1 choir for its first Christmas performance.   It is basic Level 1, in 3/4 time, with a repeat sign that...

  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella . . . L1  2-3oct
    $4.50 $3.60 Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by Cathy Moklebust . . . Christmas . . .  Cathy has written this Level 1+ piece more for a second-year choir rather than a startup.   It is interesting to play, and the use of percussion instruments gives it...

  • Campana Sonos (Bell Sounds) . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.95 $3.16 Campana Sonos (Bell Sounds) . . . L1 2-3oct
    By Kathleen Wissinger . . . Secular or Sacred . . . This composition is a teacher's and a performer's delight - an original (and easy) composition of theme and variations that cleverly uses six handbell techniques, one...

  • Chime In - Advent And Christmas . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    $4.50 $3.60 Chime In - Advent And Christmas . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    Arr by John Behnke . . . Christmas Small Collection . . .  This is a useful and practical collection that is written for handchimes, and is therefore at an easy Level 1 -- but there is no reason...

  • Chime In - Lent And Easter . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    $4.50 $3.60 Chime In - Lent And Easter . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    Arr by John Behnke . . . Easter Small Collection . . .  This is a useful and practical collection that is written for handchimes, and is therefore at an easy Level 1 -- but there is no reason handbells cannot be used...

  • Chime In: Advent And Christmas 2 . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    $4.95 $3.96 Chime In: Advent And Christmas 2 . . . L1 Collection 2-3oct
    Arr by John Behnke . . . Christmas Small Collection . . .   This is another useful and practical collection within the "Chime In" series.  It is written especially for handchimes, and is also...

  • Chime In: Songs Of Praise . . . L1  2-3oct
    $4.95 $3.96 Chime In: Songs Of Praise . . . L1 2-3oct
    Arr by John Behnke . . . Hymn Tunes . . .   This is part of the series Chime In, containing two stand-alone arrangements for handchimes -- Praise To The Lord The Almighty and Praise God From Whom All Blessings...

  • Chime Lullaby (Cradle Lullaby) . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.75 $2.81 Chime Lullaby (Cradle Lullaby) . . . L1 2-3oct
    By Lynn Hollander . . . Secular and Sacred Early Classic . . . Currently on sale at 25% off . . . This is a highly effective and charming piece for chimes (or bells!), with a lovely melody accompanied by full chords that...

  • Chime Suite . . . L1  2-3oct
    $3.50 $2.80 Chime Suite . . . L1 2-3oct
    By Lynn Hollander . . . Secular or Sacred Classic Original Tunes . . . These are three short and interesting separate arrangements - titled Faith, Hope, and Love. Faith is bold in character, with accents and mf/f chords --...

  • Chime Waltz . . . L1 2-3oct
    $2.75 $2.20 Chime Waltz . . . L1 2-3oct
    By Lynn Hollander . . . Secular or Sacred Classic . . . This is a clever and cute piece for handchimes or handbells.   It cleverly mimics a tower bell in the opening, and moves into a quarter note melody weaving...

  • Chords for Carols . . . L1 Collection 2-5oct
    $9.95 $6.97 Chords for Carols . . . L1 Collection 2-5oct
    Arr by Margaret Tucker . . . Christmas Classic Collection . . .  Currently on sale at 30% off . . . limited quantity . . .  "Many of these arrangements grew out of a desire to provide sing-along...

  • Christmas Carol Accompaniments . . . L1 Collection  2-5oct
    $49.95 $39.96 Christmas Carol Accompaniments . . . L1 Collection 2-5oct
    Arr by Margaret Tucker . . . Christmas Accompaniments . . .  REPRODUCIBLE . . .  This is a unique and invaluable resource for the Christmas season.   The scope of the possibilities is enormous...

  • Christmas Carol Fest III . . . L2  3-5oct
    $4.75 $3.80 Christmas Carol Fest III . . . L2 3-5oct
    Arr by Douglas Wagner . . . Christmas Classic . . .  This is the third in an excellent series of Christmas carols at Level 2+.   All of the four carols are tuneful and appropriately harmonized, and can be played...