Why Use Handbells?
Our primary mission is to bring handbell programs to low/fixed-income senior living centers, Veteran Rehabilitation Programs, and Addiction Treatment Programs. Our programs are provided at no cost to the participants, facilities, or the host program.
The motions associated with ringing handbells are therapeutic while being easily accessible to everyone, even those with limited range of motion.
Ringing handbells does not require the level of manual dexterity as playing other instruments such as piano, trumpet, clairnet, guitar, violin, etc. But, requires hand-eye coordination and controlled movements.
Many studies have shown how just listening to music releases dopamine that helps to elevate our mood, fight depression and can help to recall past memories. These effects are increased when someone is actively playing music.
Playing Handbells is a social activity that involves multiple people in order play the instrument. It's similar to playing a single piano with multiple people and each person is responsible for just 2 keys.
In order to play handbells the ringers must learn to depend on and help one another. It fosters group bonding natrually.
Exercise Your Mind
Playing music is a wonderful and powerful means to stimulate, exercise, and develop our brains. Research suggests playing music keeps our brains engaged and is a total brain workout!