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Re: Beginner Instrument Recommendations
I go back and forth every couple of years. There are many good reasons to choose bells but some are not as obvious. Cost is pretty clear, but also small targets help build fine motor skills and I think this helps with focus. Most of the mallet literature percussionists perform in band will be on bells. Portability, familiarity with setup of hardware, building responsibility, enjoyment of melodic music making at home, opportunities to discuss resonance and the manual operation of modifying that resonance... Bells are used in Mexico as part of parade units, so some students desire to play bells or already own bells and want to learn more. As with most things, know your community and understand that one size doesn't fit all.