Learn to Play

What is a carillon?

Considered the largest musical instrument in the world, a carillon consists of a series of at least 23 tuned bells, played from a keyboard that allows expressiveness through variation in touch, and on which the player, or carillonneur, can play a broad range of music—from arrangements of popular and classical music to original compositions created just for the carillon.

The Carillon Student Studio

Does the idea of making music out of 20 tons of bronze intrigue you?  Then consider joining the carillon student studio!  Taught by University Carillonneur, Lisa Lonie, lessons are offered free every Sunday after the 1:00 p.m. recital (except during Ph.D. exams). 

Prior keyboard experience is a plus!  Students should be able to read key signatures up to three flats and three sharps, and climb stairs.

The carillon is played from a console or clavier. Hands/fists operate batons while feet play pedals. Coordination is very similar to that of an organist.