Teaching

In recent years demand has grown for our musicians to teach our skills to groups of both children and adults. As a fully qualified secondary school teacher, I’m fully committed to ensuring the highest teaching standards are maintained – whether hired to run workshops in schools, corporate teambuilding activities, or fun workshops.

We offer a great opportunity for learning, communicating, understanding…and exploring history and diversity.

Steel Pan & Steel Drum Workshops in Schools

Our interactive ‘steel band workshops’ are also known as ‘steel pan workshops’ or ‘steel drum workshops’. They represent a fantastic opportunity for active learning with people taking part in an activity that is a lot of fun.

If you are an educational establishment wishing to enrich the curriculum of your students or a corporate enterprise introducing innovative methods to motivate your employees, we can fashion the right workshop for you.

The Steel Pan

The steel pan is a very special instrument in terms of its suitability for both teaching and learning. Producing a note is easy. People love hitting drums, because the sonic rewards are so immediate and satisfying.

With steel pans, because they are tuned percussion instruments, participants have the added thrill of producing tones for actual songs.

Our professional facilitators can have total novices playing something very recognisable at the end of a workshop session!Steel Drum Lessons | London | Classes | Workshops | Solid Steel Band

Workshop Suitability

Our steel band workshops suit any group or audience regardless of age or ability and indeed can prove particularly beneficial to:

– Pre-schools
– KS2 and KS3 students
– SEN
– Inset Days
– Extended Schools
– Parent and Child Creative Workshops
– Fundraising
– Team Building
– Corporate Seminars
– Motivation Programmes
– International Evenings

Our audience learn about the colourful history and crafting of steel pans in a diverse cultural context. This may be done in individual classes, year groups, or even assemblies involving the entire school.

We demonstrate our instruments choosing tunes with which our audience can identify to encourage enthusiastic participation. Year 1 enjoy ‘The Wheels On The Bus’, but a contemporary pop hit goes down much better at a secondary school!

We demonstrate the differences between our instruments to make our audience’s experience as musically educational as it will be multicultural and entertaining.

Then it’s time to have a go! This helps conquer shyness and lack of assertiveness, at the same time promoting social and emotional development as well as improving motivation for learning.

How all this is organised very much depends on the numbers involved and time is available.

We offer 2 basic music workshop formats consisting of the following:

– Two facilitators and at least fifteen steel drums.
– Three or four professional musicians who work with the participants.

The first is more suited to larger classes with little ‘performance’, as such required from our facilitators. The second is more suited to high quality presentations including performances, but with smaller workshops.

Steel Drum Workshops & Teambuilding

We often provide fun workshops for adults in a corporate setting. If it’s an activity as part of a Family Fun Day then we are also happy to perform.

We can also provide more serious sessions.

We find that participants learn much about each other, discovering skills that best achieve the common musical goals; skills which translate back to the workplace.

Corporate Workshops

Groups are encouraged to select leaders and we encourage bonding within the group as well a competitive spirit when the teams compete against each other.

We know how to foster the motivation, communication, support and trust within a team that is required for a successful steel band performance. A winning team – fairly judged by the participants themselves – will emerge, but everybody participating will benefit from the experience. So, everyone’s a winner!

Steel Drum Workshop Goals

We aim to….
– Motivate every participant
– Help them understand for the steel band, its Caibbean origins
– Promote the benefits of cultural diversity
– Instill a sense of achievement
– Build confidence and assertiveness
– Improve their performance within tight time constraints
– Have them bond and develop a strong team ethic
– Help them communicate better with colleagues
– Put a broad grin on everybody’s face

Key Information

– Experienced facilitators
– All instruments provided
– Public Liability Insurance
– DBS (CRB) Checked