Interested in learning to play the carillon? The following is a list of carillon instructors and programs. Those offering credit, a major or certifications are so identified. Most carillon educators listed here are Guild members. Associate members are identified by (A), while Carillonneur members are identified by (C).
Most carillon students 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. Affordable practice keyboards are also available for home use.
The North American Carillon School offers instruction across the United States and Canada, and remotely.
Looking for a carillon method book or sets of etudes for beginners? Check out the following list:
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