Our steel band workshops suit any group or audience regardless of age or ability and indeed can prove particularly beneficial to:
– KS2 and KS3 students
– Inset Days
– Extended Schools
– Parent and Child Creative Workshops
– 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.