SMARTS Steel pans to Steel Band, Grades 4-12


SMARTS Steel pans to Steel Band, Grades 4-12| Nick Frank

Week #1| June 6, 7, 8, 9


Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, the steel pan was born from musicians playing instruments such as bamboo pieces, biscuit tins, dustbins, and oil drums. Beating the oil drum led to dents in the metal, and the players discovered that each dent had a different pitch. People (tuners) specialize in the creation of steel pans, and hammer the steel into a desired shape. Creating a unique sound, steel pans are not standardized, and are created in different sizes such as bass pans, rhythm pans, and lead pans. These different sizes make up the steel band, giving it the range similar to an orchestra. In this introductory class, we will be introduced to Jumbie Jam steelpans. We will learn to play the 8 notes it contains and experiment with song creation, thus building up the skillset to play in SMARTS Steel Band. Students must bring their own labeled lunch and drink.