Have you ever been shut out of musical ensembles because you had a hearing loss?
Would you like to learn to play in a musical ensemble?
Do you want to learn more about how instrumental music works?
If you answered "YES" to any of the above questions, our handchime clinics are for you!
The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL) is establishing hearing-accessible handchime clinics in the metropolitan Washington DC area. We will have an induction loop and captioning at our handchime clinics. Wendy Cheng, the instructor, is also fairly fluent in signed English.
Although an ability to read music is helpful, we will also begin teaching this skill during our clinics. We are currently holding introductory clinics for adults with hearing loss to gauge the level of interest in learning both notereading and handchime skills.
And for those who have some exposure to instrumental music . . . our handchimes are not toys, but professional-grade instruments. Imagine 11 people standing at a piano, each person playing 2 keys. That is what ringing handchimes is like; it is a totally social experience in creating beautiful music. Here are two videos of handchime ensembles:
Our introductory clinics will initially meet for an hour at the following dates and locations:
District of Columbia: on Sunday, September 7 from 2:00-3:00 pm
Tenleytown-Friendship Neighborhood Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
(this library is within walking distance of the Tenleytown-AU metro stop on the red line)
CANCELLED0 on 9/12/14 Northern Virginia: Saturday, September 13, 2:00-3:00 pm
Altizer meeting room
Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of hearing (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030
Suburban Maryland: Monday, September 15, 7:30-8:30 pm
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
11701 Clopper Road
Enrollment is limited to a maximum number of 11 people at each clinic. There will be a waiting list in case we reach maximum enrollment capacity at each location. Everyone who expresses interest will be kept on a list to be informed of future chime clinics.
For planning purposes, we are asking all participants to fill in the following survey at
Deadline for answering the survey is September 3, 2014.
We hope to see you soon at one of our handchime clinics!