by Tamsyn

March 18, 2016

Chromanotes Desk Bells

Chromanotes Desk Bells and Songbook Giveaway
Co-Sponsored by Preschool Prodigies

I am so excited about this giveaway because of the opportunity to collaborate with a colleague of mine in the music business, Mr. Rob from Preschool Prodigies.  Mr. Rob is a professional percussionist who has created an entire year's curriculum for preschoolers based around the Chromanote desk bells.  Today's giveaway features Preschool Prodigies' brand new songbook AND a set of Chromanote desk bells, together valued at over $70!

The Chromanotes Desk Bells Advantage

percussion instrument

When I first envisioned doing a hand-bell giveaway, I envisioned something like the bells on the left, which are quite common.  They are fun to play and run at about $33 on Amazon.

However, as our collaborative giveaway drew closer, I noticed that Mr. Rob's handbells were different.  Instead of long handles, they are more like the attention-grabbing desk bells you might ring at a store to get a clerk's attention.  They have a button on top.  At first I wondered if the first bells would be just as good, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew Mr. Rob was on to something.

First of all, the desk bells are much easier for one child to play.  The handled bells are often played by an ensemble for good reason- it's hard to be picking up and putting down bells while you are playing a song!  Add to that the confusion of putting the bell back down in the same place every time, and the desk bell's ability to remain stationary make them a clear winner.  They are also an all-around higher quality instrument.  Learn why Mr. Rob also thinks that the chromanote desk bells are the #1 musical instrument for young children.

Preschool Prodigies has a new Songbook!

percussion instrument

Now that we've found a great instrument for budding musicians, how about some music for them to play?  "My First Songbook" is a great place to start, and here's a few reasons that stood out to me:

  • There is large font.  As an early-learning mom, one of the first things I learned about teaching tiny children to read is the importance of finding text that isn't too tiny.  So many children's books were designed for an adult to read to children.  In a full-spread picture book there will be small print in a top or bottom corner.  Children's eyes will not be drawn to the text in this case.  However, if the font is large and the adult points to the words as the book is read, young children will naturally be taught how to read during story time.  While this takes engagement from the adult, the other big take-away is that larger font is very important for younger children.  This book nails it.
  • There is pre-reading contained on a staff.  This is similar to the techniques I learned for teaching staff reading to children in the Kodaly method.  The songs in this book are not on a five-line staff, but only use as many lines as the song requires.  This allows for larger notes as well as better demonstrating how the notes interact with the staff.  It's easier to see what is happening.  I like how the book shows a portion of the treble clef, so this aspect of music reading hasn't been left out.
  • By using the Chromanotes colors, the songbook is also compatible with Boomwhackers!  These colors are also very similar to the rainbow+pink colors used on our website and Little Musician, making all of these products quite compatible with each other.

Enter the giveaway below, then scroll down to learn more.  The entry option second down is Preschool Prodigies' mailing list.  This giveaway ends Friday at NOON (not midnight), 3/25 MST.

These particular bells can be tricky to find. 
Check them out over at Preschool Prodigies! 
(Special Pricing through March 24th)

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About the author 

Tamsyn

My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelorโ€™s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. This is a very cool giveaway! I would love teaching my son how to use them and watching him enjoy playing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Music is such a vital part of our world and being a family of musicians. We would love to use these to teach our children sounds with theses bells. Thanks for chance.

  3. These are beautiful! I love the concept of the desk bells! My daughter, who is now six, loves music and musical instruments! Her sister plays the trumpet and her father plays the guitar, bass and drums, so she comes from a musical family!!

  4. I love the bells! I have been teaching with all forms of bells for over 20 years and these bells are so easy for little ones to use.

  5. These bells look amazing! The children in my music classes would have a ball playing the songs from your book with them! Such a wonderful resource!

  6. I would love this set! I actually ordered the hand bells a year or two ago after seeing your initial lessons. But it was hard to do with them, these seem so much easier! These would never collect dust! I could have my kids use them and bring them into work and let the students use them too!

  7. I Am Loving using This with my Primary Level Music Students! We Sure could ue a set of Bells to go with our boomwhackers!

  8. Oh these would be so perfect. I love to use music to teach, as the kids have so much fun and they are learning at the same time!

  9. This is great! We love music in our house & this would be great for both my boys to get an early start on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. These Desk Bell Set and โ€œMy First Songbookโ€ look so much fun. I would love to win and play them with my son
    Thank You for the chance

  11. Music is so important to learn. I have a daughter that I am trying to teach music to. She understands some of it, but, she would rather listen to Disney tunes rather than instruments. These bells and a guide to learning music would be a God send to this household. I think more hands on type of learning would be better for her than just looking a pictures and hearing the sounds on her tablet. Thank you for introducing this avenue to me and my family!

    1. If she loves Disney, maybe you could get her an easy Disney songbook? It might be motivating for her to learn a Disney song on an instrument. I still remember when my parents bought me a Little Mermaid book and it was so much more exciting to me than the regular lesson book. I agree, hands-on learning is definitely a plus. Good luck!

  12. Boomwhackers!Bells!Rhymes! We love all these and will be happy if we can grab it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Holistic Music Learnimg Experience!

  13. So excited that i discovered these bells and the program, have a 5year old Aspie son that is obsessed with classical music and these will be so great to have in his room for him to try out each new piece he gets stuck into

  14. We would be ecstatic to win this set! Keeping our fingers crossed! I have been wanting to order the desk bells, boom whackers, and song book since I was told about Preschool Prodigies a few weeks ago. Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

  15. Had my eye on PsP for quite a while! We’re loving your free content but are wanting to have more fun musical experiences!

  16. Oh, I’m so excited to have seen a review on these bells! We got a set of “long handle” bells like you talked about for Christmas, and while they’re fun, they’re a bit too hard for my kid (mostly preschoolers still) to coordinate together to play a song. These are the perfect solution!!!

    1. Yeah, I think the hand bells are awesome, just for an older crowd. I have seen them used at Christmas time in choral settings and they’re really neat for that, but these are better for preschoolers. I’ll be buying a set myself sooner than later. (Can’t enter my own giveaway, lol!)

  17. These are so cool, sign us up! I’d love to let my kids explore with these, as well as a few other little ones in our lives. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Thanks so much for the chance to win these awesome bells and sing book! I’d be thrilled if I won them for our son! I messed up on the RC widget, and put my IG username under the Pintrest entry slot, is there any way to fix this? Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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