Learn to Play

Interested in learning to play the carillon? The following is a list of North American performers who offer carillon instruction. Those locations 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.

The Guild offers two levels of examinations to evaluate carillonneur proficiency: the Associate Carillonneur Exam and the Carillonneur Exam.

North American Carillon School (NACS)

The North American Carillon School offers instruction across the United States and Canada. Contact Carlo van Ulft (Director) to obtain contact information for the following carillon school instructors:

California

Colorado

Florida

  • University of Florida, Gainesville
    Laura Ellis (C), Associate Professor and University Carillonneur
    Instruction for credit
    Carillon may be declared as one’s primary performance instrument for a major in music or for a minor in music

Illinois

Indiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

  • Missouri State University, Springfield
    Jeremy Chesman (C) Associate Professor and University Carillonist
    Instruction for credit
    B.M., Carillon Performance; Master of Music degree in Carillon Performance and Carillon Pedagogy

New Jersey

Ontario, Canada

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

  • Clemson University, Clemson
    Linda Dzuris (C), Professor of Music and University Carillonneur
    Instruction for credit; Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts with a Carillon concentration.

Texas

Utah

  • Brigham Young University, Provo
    Don Cook (C), Associate Professor and University Carillonneur
    Instruction for credit; two assistantships available


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