Free Handbell Music for Beginners

Looking for a way to teach your beginners to beat a tempo and play a basic melody? Try these free reproducible arrangements of public domain traditional children's, inspirational, and Christmas songs. The melodies fall within one octave and can be used with KidsPlay™ handbells resonator bells, glockenspiels, Boomwhackers®, soprano recorders, and flutophones.

Here's what you'll find...

Teach your budding musicians time signatures and note values to count the song rhythm. Students can follow the drum score above the lyrics to drum the beat with their hands or rhythm instruments.

This reproducible sheet music with a large, easy to read font is great for sight-reading. Beginners can color-code their own music to match their bells or chimes. Simple harmonies and rounds are presented in soprano-alto format.

These reproducibles impose color rectangles over the notes allowing young musicians who cannot yet read music to play songs. The colors correspond to the KidsPlay™ color system: A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

These projectable PDFs of PowerPoint presentations eliminate the need for music stands. Level 3 & 4 songs have brief explanations on how to count the rhythm. The presentations include the Rhythm Charts, Grayscale Sheet Music, and the Color Sheet Music.

These recordings of the sheet music can be played online or downloaded for editing.

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Song Level Descriptions

  • Level 1: Has predicatable 4/4 and 3/4 rhythms with quarter and half notes.
  • Level 2: Mixes quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes in 4/4 and 3/4 rhythms.
  • Level 3: Introduces rests, eighth notes, and dotted quarter notes to 4/4 and 3/4 rhythms.
  • Level 4: Includes additional time signatures and more complex rhythms and melodies.

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