The steel pan offers musicians an exceptional opportunity to achieve a high level of performance capability in a relatively short period of time. It has greater accessibility than most contemporary band instruments as the playing technique (two mallets for each player) is straightforward and easy to learn, but at the same time the ensemble structure allows students to directly experience essential components of music such as harmony, rhythm and timing, chordal structures, song organization and successful interactions between each individual and the group. Teaching methodologies are very diversified and employ ear training, learning by rote imitation, focused listening, memory exercises and various forms of visual prompts in the form of written notation. Contact us to find out more about bringing steel pan education to your school or organization.
Community steel pan classes are offered through ongoing beginner steel pan series. No experience required and all instruments and materials are provided. Click here for next beginner series
SCHOOL BASED PROGRAMS
Steel pan education is an excellent addition to scholastic curriculum at any grade level. We have offered programs at Summit K-12, The Valley School, Busch, Epiphany and more. Read an article here https://www.thevalleyschool.org/apps/news/article/586010
For accelerated learning consider taking private steel pan music lessons. You will learn basic music theory through a traditional approach as well as the fundamentals of steel pan as taught in Trinidad where the instrument originates.
WORKSHOPS AND CAMPS
Seattle Steel Pan Project is also available for short term residencies as well as week long camps or workshops. Accessible to all ages 8 and up.