Best for this type of Instrument
After trying several brands and types of glockenspiels/ bells, this is the one I have chosen for my general music classes. These are the reasons why this one stood out to me: 1)It has enough notes for students to learn to play every note on the treble clef; 2)the bars are wide enough (the Sonor BWG are too small); 3) the rainbow colored notes are a logical pattern and students find it easier to learn with colored bars vs. the plain wood bars on our Orff xylophones; 4) the lid of case is perfect for propping up our music note books; and 5) the individual bars are removable and there are F# and Bb replacement bars for playing in other keys.
I use these instruments with the "Mr. Everybody's Musical Apartment" Curriculum to teach students to read with the letter names the notes on the treble clef. Bells require a lot less hand coordination compared to recorders and ukuleles. So when you have a short amount of time, you can get much more accomplished in the music reading unit because the instruments are easier to play.
I put as the title "Best for this type of Instrument" because they are slightly out of tune and a little too loud. Since I have a classroom playing them, I would like them to be softer. If you want a truly in tune instrument you will have to spend twice as much and they won't come in rainbow colors.
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