Learning to Play
Some North American carillon performers teach others to play the instrument, most often by private lessons, but sometimes in an academic institution class. Students of the carillon typically have had previous study in applied music. It is important, for example, to have learned to play another keyboard instrument such as the piano or organ, and to have skill in reading music in both the treble and bass clefs. Most teachers will ask a potential student to perform on the piano for a carillon study audition.
Practice is also essential in learning to play the carillon. Carillon students can practice without disturbing the public by playing on a practice keyboard that sounds pitches, either with tuned bars or by an electronic sound system, rather than on bells that can be heard outdoors. A carillon practice keyboard is not available at every carillon installation. Finding a carillon location that also has a practice keyboard is important for the beginning student.
The following is a list of North American performers who offer carillon instruction. Those locations offering credit, a major or certifications are so identified. All carillon educators listed here are Guild members. Associate members are identified by (A), while Carillonneur members are identified by (C).