Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out: Laban Movement Theory for the Handbell Musician
Laban Movement Theory has a long history of success when it comes to aiding and advancing many types of movement-based activities. The “language of movement” can become an indispensable tool to the handbell musician, changing the way music is perceived, analyzed, and performed.
What does Laban Movement Theory have to offer?
• Olympic athletes use it for increased performance.
• Psychologists use it as a tool for behavioral assessment.
• Industry leaders use it to match job applicants with suitable positions.
• The U.S. government uses it to analyze the signatures of war criminals.
• The Walt Disney Company uses it to create more expressive cartoon characters.
• Music educators use it for teaching rhythm, conducting, and choral methods.
With the help of this book, handbell musicians can unlock Laban Movement Theory to address the sonic and visual aspects of handbell artistry with remarkable results. Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out is a major advancement in handbell pedagogy. You’ll never look at the art of ringing the same way again.
"Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out" is provocative reading for handbell directors and ringers and will excite those who have sought clarity in teaching and learning about ringing as a movement art. It will challenge those who have been suspicious or curious about forays beyond the traditional marching-band style of ringing." - Herbert Geisler, Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, CA
"I am about halfway through reading (for the first time, but certainly not the last) Kimberlee Strepka's new book, Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out (Laban Movement Theory for the Handbell Musician). Whether or not you have had the good fortune of taking Kim's classes, may I suggest you -- no, make that YOU SHOULD -- order this book today. It will alter the way you and/or your ringers approach ringing. If every ringer and director would read and study the perspectives Kim shares, I believe the future of handbell ringing in the mainstream world of musical artistry could be assured. Kim has recognized and translated a wealth of knowledge into a tremendous resource for all of us who strive for musicality and expression in handbell ringing. The book is carefully researched, well-organized, clearly expressed, and fascinating to study." - Nancy Hascall, Handbell Clinician and Soloist