Friday, 22 July 2011 00:30

The main benefits to be accrued from this project are as follows:


  • For music students, the scores will be a valuable resource for learning the many different aspects of music theory and arranging techniques. The project encompasses a range of playing skills, mainly from intermediate to advanced levels, as the primary focus has been towards the secondary level of education. It is therefore hoped that some of the arrangements will be selected for the CXC Examinations, and also as test pieces for School Festivals.

  • Of the thirteen songs, twelve contain lyrics, which tell stories pertaining to some aspect of pan culture in Trinidad and Tobago. It is therefore possible to use the music as a resource in concert with the performing arts, thus adding yet another dimension to the programme. 

  • The global marketing thrust will be aimed principally at educational institutions. This should provide job opportunities outside of Trinidad and Tobago for participating steel orchestras and others involved in the local music industry. It is also anticipated that the project would encourage further documentation of indigenous musical arrangements, which are typically lost every year after the Carnival competitions.

  • Performers include a school band (SAGHS), bp Renegades Youth Orchestra, and a steel orchestra from Finland (Steel Pan Lovers). It is envisaged that future projects will involve more regional and international participation, with a view to creating an industry that could become a net foreign exchange earner.

  • Because short verse and chorus clips are included, one can distinguish and learn arranging techniques used for each song.

  • The programme offers an excellent opportunity for developing a sustainable music industry, starting in the classroom. Students who may not be academically inclined will be given an opportunity to develop and hone entrepreneurial skills.

  • The project seeks to outline a relationship between instruments of the conventional symphony orchestra and those of the steel orchestra. Using these guidelines, music teachers and arrangers will therefore be able to transpose scores written for one family of instruments to the other. This will in turn create numerous opportunities for cross-fertilisation of cultures through the availability of a larger, diversified universal repertoire to students.