This Module shows new and experienced teachers how to support their students and develop the necessary foundation skills for good ringing and then move forward to ringing changes. You will learn through a mixture of practical and theory sessions about:
- Developing foundation skills - fine bell control, listening, rhythm and ropesight
- Lots of fun exercises to develop these skills
- Coaching skills and building a successful band
- Introducing Plain Hunt and Covering
In some ways this stage is the hardest part of learning to ring; the excitement and rapid progress associated with (semi)-mastering bell control has passed and time on the rope can be limited if the only practice is once a week with a mixed ability band. This is where this course helps. It introduces lots of fun exercises to help your ringer develop the foundation skills for method ringing; fine bell control, listening and ropesight. There is plenty for your new ringer to practise and measure their progress against whilst stimulating (and sometimes testing) the rest of the band. For bands who don’t aspire to method ringing it gives lots of ideas for Service or wedding ringing which sound good whilst keeping the band interested.
The Birmingham School of Bell Ringing has shown that those who spend longer consolidating foundation skills before learning methods progress more quickly later on.
After your Module 2F course
Practising the skills you've learnt is important in order to consolidate them. More and more ringing teachers are now organising regular foundation skills practices for new ringers in their area. Word of mouth often means that people will come from many miles away to attend!