Sum – Steel Pans

In this unit students will be return to steel pans recapping their layout and improving their technique for playing.  Students aim towards a whole class performance of a traditional and more difficult piece at the end of the unit.  Students will take different roles within the ensemble i.e. the melody line, the chordal accompaniment or the bass line, these differ in difficulty level and will be assigned accordingly.  In most instances, students will try a different steel pan to the one they played in Year 8

This unit also introduces musical terminology such as: chord, triad, primary chords, bass line, melody, accompaniment,


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to perform chords F, Bb and C as part of a longer progression.

Most students will be able to perform chords F, Bb and C in addition to preforming a syncopated bass line to a longer progression.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to perform a longer and more complex melody from memory.  Work out elements of the piece using aural skills and demonstrating good technique when rolling notes etc.

How to help your child:

To support your child’s study you could encourage them to further research the history of the steel pan and listen to other steel pan performances on the internet.  Students can also practice stick and rolling technique at home using pencils and using a cushion as a mat to ‘roll’ on.

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