Who We Are

Barrels to Beethoven is an organization focused on the preservation, education, and innovation of the steelpan. Founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano, Barrels to Beethoven utilizes the steelpan, an afro-Caribbean instrument, as the tool for our educational programming. Sometimes called the steeldrums in America, the correct name of the instrument is steelpan or pan. In order to preserve the steelpan, we provide engaging, entertaining, and interactive opportunities for our community, especially youth, to learn about the steelpan which includes historical context and building technique. Our ultimate goal is to provide a unique but impactful option for music and arts education while developing a new generation of steelpan players, builders, tuners, and enthusiasts,  ensuring the growth and advancement of this new musical instrument.

Barrels to Beethoven offers uniquely impactful programs developed by Leigh Solomon Pugliano based on her expertise in steelpan education, curriculum development, steelpan history, and youth development. Students of all ages thoroughly enjoy learning all aspects of the steelpan and performance. In addition, children and youth who participate in our steelpan education programs gain the personal, social, emotional, and educational assets needed to support healthy development, increase well-being, self-esteem, and facilitate a successful transition through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood.

Register for Let’s Play Pan 21+

Eat, drink, play and do good at our summertime fundraising workshop!

Support our youth programming by spending a Saturday evening learning the basics of steelpan in a band style setting! Delve further into Caribbean culture by enjoying a complimentary Caribbean dinner and drinks! Bring your family and friends!

This event will be hosted on Saturday, July 27th at the Barrels to Beethoven learning space in Wilkinsburg’s Community Forge from 7-10 p.m.

Register for this unique cultural, musical experience here!

All proceeds go towards Barrels to Beethoven youth programming, including summer camp scholarships, school programming and workshops.

Sign Up for August Pan Camp 2019!

Children ages 8 and up are invited to join us for an engaging, unique and empowering musical experience! Kids will learn the history of and the basics of playing the steelpan. At the end of the week, they will perform for family and friends!

2019 Summer

August 5-9 9am – 12pm St. Edmunds Academy

The full cost of a camp session is $175. However, there are scholarships available for all programs!

Register for camp here!

Program Offerings and Workshops

We offer a broad range of learning opportunities for folks of all ages, including:

Pan camp 2019: A week-long summer camp for youth ages 8-14. During the week children are introduced to the steelpan, taught steelpan technique, the history and culture of the instrument and performance skills. At the end of the week, the camp puts on a performance for family and friends!

Steelpan in the Classroom: A curriculum developed specifically for ages 8-14 and brought into the classroom. Sessions can be developed for six week or year long courses

Pan Builders Workshop: An in-depth course on building and tuning the steelpan

Lessons: Individual and group settings available!