Instead of the usual long-term new year’s resolutions, such as losing weight, being a better person, spending less money, etc., here is a list of suggestions for both short- and long-term activities you might try to accomplish in your artistic and musical endeavors throughout the coming year.

Pledge to attend at least three performances by other local performing groups or individuals.

These could be a local orchestra, community theater, student recital, or, of course, another handbell ensemble. Check out local arts calendars. And be sure to offer some kind words to the performer afterward.

Begin to learn a new instrument

There are lots of instruments out there both expensive and inexpensive. For the more expensive ones, you might borrow from a fellow musician who no longer plays. But there are also lots of inexpensive and fun instruments you could try. How about ocarina, recorder, harmonica, or ukulele to name a few. Then go to YouTube and search for “How to play [insert name of instrument].”

Find a new artistic group to become involved with

There is no need to make any long-term commitments here. Many groups will welcome visitors who just want to see what they are all about. Ideas include community theater or other drama group, barbershop chorus, community chorus, painting club, writing club, etc.

Offer your skills as a teacher or clinician

In the early fall, National Seminar planners put out a call for faculty. Consider submitting a class in which you have particular expertise. There are also plenty of Area, state, and local events who may be looking for people to lead new and interesting classes.

Write an article or submit a piece of music or teaching tool to Overtones

Have a look at the end of this article for the types of submissions we are looking for. Consider sharing with the handbell world.

Introduce a New Group to HMA

Do you know of a handbell group who is not currently a member of the Guild? Consider purchasing them a membership, then offer to help introduce them to all HMA has to offer to help build their own program.

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith