Register For A Class
Classes are held weekly for 8 weeks and are one hour long eack week. Learning is taught in a group setting and is limited to 10 students per semester. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. The cost will cover the use of an instrument, mallets, and any printed materials needed. All students should be registered no later than two weeks prior to the start of class.
Introduction to Steelpan:
Introduction top steel class will provide participants with a solid foundation of the steel-pan instrument. Ideal for the student with little to no prior steel-pan playing experience, this class hits the high points. Students will learn a high-level history of the steel-pan instrument, how the instruments are crafted, an introduction to proper playing technique, the first seven notes on their steel-pan of choice and more. At the end of this class, students will be able to play a simple melody based on the first notes learned.
Fundamentals of Playing Steelpan:
As a continuation to “Introduction to Steelpan”, this class builds on a student’s foundational knowledge. Through hands-on musical instruction, students will learn the remaining notes on their steel-pan of choice, the rolling technique used when playing the steel-pan, basic music theory and the Chromatic scale. At the end of this class, students will be able to play the Chromatic scale both ascending and descending.
This class introduces students to various rhythmic elements in calypso music. Each student will continue to develop his/ her playing fluidity through 8th note and 16th note Chromatic scale exercises. Students will also be introduced to the Major scales. At the end of this class, students will be able to play different rhythms and at faster tempos.
Live Steelpan Performance:
This is an opportunity for the experience steel-pan player to join the community steelband and participate in performances throughout the year. Members will also engage in music theory, stylistic steel-pan art forms, & techniques. To be able to participate the prospective student must have at least 1 year playing experience or have completed all class levels in our program.