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Learn How to Play the Sather Tower Bells: Carillon Study

This course listing applies to a Spring 2010 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2010
Music 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:


The carillon is the instrument at the top of the Campanile (Sather Tower) and whose bells you hear every day at 7:50am, noon, and 6pm.  In this course, you will learn about the carillon as well as the basics of how to play it!

The course has two parts:

1) A few lectures on the history and the mechanics of the carillon.

2) A practicum portion where all students will be paired up with student instructors and have one-on-one lessons for at least 5 weeks, culminating in a final performance on the actual carillon.

Note: Attendance, two noon concert reports, and performance at the final recital is mandatory to pass the class. 


How to Enroll:

Unfortunately, since there are more interested students than there are spots available, we do require an application.

It is mandatory to show up on the first day of class (an application is not sufficient). The first day of class will be on Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm in 128 Morrison.

On the first day, we will give an overview of admission policies as well as answer any questions you may have. We will give out CCNs and CECs when you are admitted to the class. 


This is what you need to know for the DeCal:

1) You DON'T have to be a music major to enroll in this class. In fact, if you are interested in serious carillon study, this course may be more appropriate:


2) We ask that you know how to read basic level treble clef music. If you are able to read the music on this link, then you're good to go:


3) If you have applied before and didn't get in, we will take that into consideration. 


4) The application consists of two things: a short statement of interest (doesn't need to exceed 150 words), and a noon recital review. For the noon recital review, go to the top of Sather Tower a few minutes before 12pm and watch/listen to the noon recital. Write what you observe about the performer or the pieces (also note the date you attended the concert and what pieces are being played). Make sure to bring earplugs or stuff your ears, as it is quite loud!

To submit your application, e-mail the above two things to, and please put the subject heading "DeCal Spring 2010".


If you're interested or have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to! 



Course Contact: calbells AT

Faculty Sponsor: Jeff Davis

Time & Location:

Section 1Brian Tang
10128 MorrisonW 7p-8p1/27full

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