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An effective and honest PAN TRINBAGO!!!

 Hey Cecil. You need to recoin your statement in order to get your desired responses.

Amen to that

Cecil: Did you see what Terrance Noel said in his most recent post?

On the British Diplomatic circuit the pan is usually referred to as part of British Culture

Aye Claude the British have a way of hijacking everything but today it's not that easy to fool people.

Start with teaching music students Pan in Schools steelband history, create learning tools audio/video, books, lecture series about the works of the innovators. Have the students share their knowledge about the contributions of Bobby Mohammed, Earl Rodney, Ellie, Jules, Boogsie, Bradley.

Systems can be designed to develop a growing interest  among the youths to appreciate the art-form and plant the seeds that may shape their career paths. 

I understand PT has an Education Dept, what is their role in promoting this kind of awareness with Pan in Schools?

Starting from the bottom up, the youths have a better grasp and ability to change with the times.

odw, I often wonder about how much young people know of the early days of the steelband, it certainly don't look like they know too much because of their attitude, they see panorama as everything.

I am in total agreement with what you suggested.

If you talk to Trinidadians in Trinidad they will tell you all those programs are already in place in the SCHOOLS IN TRINIDAD.


To serve this call, the new Pan in Schools Co-ordinating Council (PSCC) was established in June 1999. This body has been given the mandate by Pan Trinbago and the Ministry of Education to proceed with the implementation of a structured programme for the curriculum and development of Pan in Schools. The proposal is to provide an interdisciplinary steelband curricula which would seek to prepare the student to play a leading role in the burgeoning steelband industry in this the era of the internationalization of the steelband.

The PSCC has taken up this challenge with characteristic gusto and has organized several conferences for Music teachers across Trinidad and Tobago, from October 2000 to date. The first such conference was attended by ninety-nine (99) primary school music teachers and thirty-three (33) secondary school teachers as well as members of the pan fraternity who were involved in school music programmes. The pilot project proposed is to introduce pan on the curriculum of at least one hundred (100) schools by September 2003! The PSCC is also working along with the Ministry to establish the proper infrastructure in the schools to ensure that the programme is a success. At the same time, PSCC is involving Pan Tuners and other persons involved in developing a steelband to heighten the awareness of their role in the future of the pan industry and the legacy they must share with the youth to ensure that our indigenous music remains alive. A Pan Tuning Workshop for music teachers and students was held at the end of April 2003.

Meanwhile, preparations are under way for the 11th Biennial School Steelbands Festival in October 2003, starting with a competition for a Test Piece composition. The theme of this year’s festival is “A Heritage of Folk Music”.

Anyone knows what became of PSCC and the Biennial Schools Steelbands Festival?

Found this information very helpful...

Education in Pan

At the turn of the 21st Century, the focus on steelpan education in Trinidad and Tobago is higher than in any previous era. Today the venue for creating music is not just in the panyard anymore. Music is taught in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Pan Schools, and at the University.

In 1992 the University of West Indies added music to their curriculum; offering a Certificate or Degree in Pan; some twenty years after the Northern Illinois University, USA, had initiated a similar programme (1973).

In 1995 Dr. Anne Osborne (music coordinator for UWI's Centre for Creative and Festival Arts), devised a graded exam program for steelpan which is currently used in Trinidad, Tobago, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada and in Maryland, USA.

A National programme placed the CXE examinations in music, into the most capable Schools in 1999. This would lend itself to be attached to the Pan in the Classroom programme that would follow some years later.

In 2001, the College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) began an associate degree in Music Performance including the Steelpan. Steelpan was finding it's way into many classrooms; The music portion of COSTAATT was devised by Dr. Dawn Batson, who at that time was also the chairman of the board of the National Steel Orchestra (NSO), and wanted to see members of the NSO, founded a year previous, to work towards an associate degree.

Salah A Wilson, pannist and music teacher for the modest Salah's Steelpan Music Academy that he started in Montreal, Canada, to which he migrated from Trinidad; authored in late 1999 the book Steelpan Playing With Theory; to enhance teaching and learning of his students. In 2001 Wilson was in discussions with the TT Ministry of Education to have them put his book up for consideration for any Pan in Schools programme they may have been considering at the time; his book remains under review.

Around 2003, The Ministry of Education started a new program called Pan in the Classroom; and music literacy is being stressed. A Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (made up of school teachers) held Pan Building/Tuning workshops and Pan Arranging courses in panyards; and Instructional courses on Drum Kit.

In 2003 to 2005, the Pan Building/Tuning had moved beyond workshops, and become 6 month courses, attended by interested members of steelbands, who were expected to make usable instruments; with the aid of an experienced pan master who would help run the course. The courses were run at one panyard in the North, and two in the South of Trinidad.

Existing in 2005; there are also many Private Pan Schools with the goals of music literacy. One such innovative pan educator was Louise Mc Intosh and her school of Pan Minors. Numerous other pan schools exist including, Rojelle Granger, Esther Batson, Nervin "Teach" Saunders, Mrs. Merle Albino de Coteau, Maureen Clement Moe and Golden Hands. They have been educating the youth and promoting pan education.

There are two pan schools who do not teach notation, but perhaps in the future may be encouraged to do so: Parry's Pan School, and Gary Straker's Pan School. [24]


At this point It is of utmost importance that the "ROLE" of the Steelband be identified. Today all energies go to the teaching of music, other skills are also needed to advance the Steelband.


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