Programs & Events

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.

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.

Lessons – Steelpan lessons are available either for the individual or in a group setting. Lessons can be scheduled for most days of the week and take place at our location.

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 program offers a steelpan classroom curriculum developed for instruction during the school day. Sessions can be designed from 6 weeks through the entire school year. Instrument purchase / rental is not required.

Concerts – Our educational concerts are up to one hour shows with our full steel band. These teach steelpan history, building and tuning methods, and show the versatility of the steel band. Performances include a segment dedicated to interactive learning.

Workshops & After School – These programs can last from 1 day, to a full week and longer. Afterschool and Saturday programs require a 6 week minimum. Students learn 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.

Lectures – Leigh Solomon Pugliano will discuss her love of the steelpan, Caribbean ancestry, history of the steelpan, and the positive impact the instrument has had on her life and the lives of so many children throughout its existence. Lectures include a performance and audience interaction.



Let’s Play Pan! 21+

July 21st 7pm

Let’s Play Pan! 21+ is a workshop for adults who want to learn how to play the steelpan. Attendees learn in a band setting and by the end of the night are able to perform. Barrels to Beethoven is all about interactive programming. Although most of the programs are geared towards young people, this event gives adults a chance to join in the fun!

Guests will also get a tasting of traditional Caribbean dishes as well as complimentary drinks. A great cultural and musical experience!

*Proceeds from our Lets Play Pan workshops benefit our youth education programs.


Summer Classes – June 19th thru July 28th

email or call 412.573.1870 to register or for more information

Registration Form

(Slots available Anytime Monday- Friday)

$35 per 30 minute class

$50 per 1 hour class

6-Week or 8-Week Sessions


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.