Dr. Paul E. Rosene has more than sixty years experience as a Handbell director and teacher of directors/ringes. Long an advocate of Handbells and Handchimes, he introduced them as an integral part of the Illinois State University Handbell/Choirchime Ensembles in 1972. His university Handbell/Choirchime® Ensembles and instructional curriculum was officially recognized by the A.G.E.H.R., Inc., listing ISU as a “Charter Member” of the Exemplary School Programs in “Handbells In Education,” first published in 1990. His groups have performed in twenty-five state and three foreign countries. He has been the Guest Conductor-Clinician for many AGEHR sponsored Festivals and for Church Handbell Festivals/Workshops organizations.
In addition to his many articles published in “Overtones” and other national magazines and newsletters, Agape Press, Carol Stream, IL, is the publisher of his two Handchimes method books, “Making Music with Choirchime® Instruments” and “Making Music with Choirchime® Instruments, Advanced Method.”
Now retired, he and his wife Doris (also a retired music educator) devote their energies and time to assisting churches and schools with handbell and handchimes programs.
Graduate of Elgin High School, Elgin, Illinois
Bachelor’s degree: Music Education IS(n)U
Master’s Degree: Music Education and Psychology IS(n)U
Advanced courses completed at Colorado State University and Eastman School of Music
Doctorate: Music Education/Psychology, University of Illinois
Founder and Developer of ISU’S Music Therapy Degree program
Founder and Director of the ISU Handbell/Choirchime® Ensembles
Director of the Central Illinois Community Concert Band
Creator/Developer of the course, “Music For The Exceptional Child.”
Supervisor of Student Teaching for Majors in Music Education
Taught the following Graduate and Undergraduate courses:
“Principles of Music Therapy”
“Recreation in Music”
“Psychology of Music”
“Music For the Exceptional Child”
“Introduction to Computers for Music Majors”
Several Music Appreciation Courses
Many Extension courses; always “off campus”
Supervised many Master degree Candidate’s Theses
“Pontifest” a three-Octave Choirchime® selection
“Bridal Chorus” for Handbells
“Making Music With Choirchime® Instruments” (Method book)
“Making Music With Choirchime® Instruments - Advanced Method”
“Special Effects for Handchimes” (Method book)
“Rosene’s Recitatives” regularly appearing article in the Illinois Music Educator, the newsletter for the Illinois Music Educators Association.
Numerous articles in “Overtones” (Magazine for the American GUild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc.”
Numerous articles in “The Instrumentalist” (Magazine for Instrumental music teachers.)
Editor: “The Voice of the Lakes” the newsletter for the Great Lakes Region of the National Association for Music Therapy
Instructional Video: “Music For the Exceptional Child” for the State of Illinois Department of Education
All-State Orchestra, Illinois Music Educators Association Sponsored Conference)
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Association Festival in Kansas
Handbells and Choirchime® Events at Florida Music Educators Association and sponsored Music Festivals
Many School Band Festivals
Many Handbell and Choirchime® Festivals
Clinics and Workshops:
Numerous Times or the Music Educators Associations in:
Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina, and Texas.
Several presentations at the Conventions of the National Association for Music Therapy.
College of Fine Arts “For Superior Teaching at the Undergraduate Level.”
Illinois Music Educators Association “Dedication and Service” for his many years as President of District III and Vice-President of Higher Education.
Teacher Education: “For Distinguished Service”
Listed in the Directory of “International Biography” for “Distinguished Service in Music Education”
Listed in several issues of “Who’s Who in Music Education”
The First University Group honored by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc. listed ISU’s Handbells and Choirchimes Ensembles as “Exemplary.”
“Best Show Band” ISU Homecoming Award, Chenoa High School Band.
Consistent First Division Awards for Pittsfield High School Bands, Pittsfield, Illinois sponsored by the IMEA.
Vice President for Higher Education: Illinois Music Educators Association.
President: District III: Illinois Music Educators Association
Editor: “Voice of the Lakes” magazine for the namt, INC.
President: Teacher’s Association, Pittsfield Schools, pittsfield, Illinois
President: Bethany Lutheran Church, Leesburg, Florida
Student President of IS(n)U Concert Band
Member: “Minute Men” IS(n)U’s pep band
Member: “Cangington Trio” Featured Cornet Trio of the Band for all State-wide Tours
Music Teacher: Saybrook Public Schools, Saybrook, Illinois
Director of Bands: Chenoa Public Schools, Chenoa, Illinois
Director: USAF FIeld Band at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio
Supervisor of Music: Pittsfield Public Schools, Pittsfield, Illinois
Led many committees in Music Education for the State of Illinois Department of Education
Appeared on many radio and TV shows explaining Music Therapy
Taught short courses at: University of Central Florida and the College of St. Joseph in Florida
Master’s Thesis: “Pitch Perception as Affected by Tone Quality”
Doctoral Dissertation: “A Field Study of Instrumental Music for Educable Handicapped Children.”