Steelpan Education

Barrels to Beethoven is dedicated to steelpan education. We seek opportunities to engage, entertain and educate the community, especially youth, about the steelpan; hopefully inspiring a new generation of steelpan builders, tuners and players.



Barrels to Beethoven offers support to any organization looking to start a steelpan education program. We offer assistance in multiple areas from grant writing to curriculum development and instruction. Our goal is to increase the number of people exposed to this art. To do so, we know we must offer our expertise in all stages of program development and sustainment.


Educational Programming

In additional to steelpan technique, 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.


Steelpan lessons are available either for the individual or in a group setting. Instructors can come to your home or lessons can be taken at our locations.

Performance Technique

This interactive workshop-like session is led by a professional steelpan player. This unique program is specifically designed for students already playing the steelpan.


Music in the Classroom

This presentation allows students an up-close experience. Better for smaller groups (approx. 10 – 20 students) the presentation includes a short demonstration with a few instruments, explains the history of the instrument and the building process. Following the presentation, students have the opportunity to try out the steelpan.


Our educational concerts are up to one hour shows with our full steel band. These concerts show the versatility of the steel band, performing songs from various genres of music. Performances include segments dedicated to sharing steelpan history and Caribbean culture.


Steelpan Class|Residencies  Afterschool | Workshops

These programs can last from 1 day, to a full week and longer. Afterschool and Saturday programs require a 6 week minimum. Students learn basic music theory, steelpan fundamentals, performance technique and so much more!


Pan Builders Workshop

This workshop is an in-depth course on building and tuning a steelpan.


Leigh Solomon Pugliano will discuss her Caribbean ancestry, the history of the steelpan, and the positive impact the instrument has had on her life and the lives of so many children throughout its history. 




Next Session Begins on April 10th

email or call 412.573.1870 to register or for more information

Upcoming Schedule 

Spring Session – April 10th thru June 2nd

(Slots available Afternoons and Evenings Monday -Friday)

$35 per 30 minute class 

$50 per 1 hour class

6 Week Session

Registration Form


Summer Classes – June 19th thru July 28th

(Slots available Anytime Monday- Friday)

$35 per 30 minute class

$50 per 1 hour class

6 Week Session

Summer Workshop – June 15th & 16th

A 2-day workshop for children interested in steelpan. Students will learn in a band setting. The workshop will end with a showcase for family and friends.

Cost: $80

Register Here!

Pan Camp – August 7th-11th

Students ages 6 and older are invited to spend a week learning all about the steelpan. Students will learn:
• Steelpan History

• Building and Tuning Process

• Steelpan Technique

• Performance Technique

Our summer camp will also include steelpan making, lessons in Caribbean culture and art activities!

Our unique camp will not only teach students about the steelpan and music theory, our programs also focus on enhancing social skills and increasing self esteem, self awareness, and confidence while promoting personal expression and creativity. The Pan Camp ends with a performance for family, friends, and the community. 

Sessions are 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Cost: $175 per session
Scholarships are available for all programs!