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.
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. Below are some of the educational programs we offer to the community.
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 Workshop – This workshop 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.
Fall Classes Begin on September 18th
Contact us for more information.
$35 per 30 minute class
$50 per 1 hour class
6-Week or 8-Week Sessions
Join the Band!
Group lessons begin on Monday, October 16th
Students ages 7+ are invited to learn steelpan technique in a group setting and perform. Classes will be held weekly. Email us to sign up or for more information.
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.