Education and Teaching Methods

Hal Leonard Steelpan Method by Liam Teague
This easy-to-use beginner's guide takes players through the basics of the instrument and its technique. The accompanying audio includes demonstration tracks for all the examples in the book. The method covers: stance, holding the mallets, types of strokes, tone production and volume control, stickings, rolls, scales, calypsos, many songs and exercises, basic music reading, steel pan anatomy and maintenance, steelpan history, and more.
The Complete Method for Steelband, Volume 1
Tenor, Double Seconds, Cello, Bass
by Ross McGinnis, Panstar Publishing and Media
Pan Music Series
9 DVD learning programme, incl. Soprano Pan Poster
by Hayden Louis
Classroom series Classroom Series
Designed for the beginning steel band classroom. Student text book, teacher's manual, and instrument packs for everyday classroom rehearsal.
By David Knapp & Adam Grisé
Beginning Steel Drum Beginning Steel Drum
The poster that is included with this book shows the exact positions of the notes. By Othello Molineaux
Kaiso Koncepts Kaiso Koncepts
Learn to play Calypso music, study Calypso rhythms and phrasing.
By Michael Low Chew Tung
The Steel Band Game Plan The Steel Band Game Plan
Strategies for starting, building, and maintaining your pan program.
By Chris Tanner
So you want to start a steel pan band So You Want To Start A Steel Pan Band
Tips to avoid some of the perils, pitfalls and potholes in the road to your steel band success. By Char Lusk
The Soprano Pan How to Play The Soprano Pan
An introduction book with exercises on scales, chords and arpeggios,
basic techniques in rolling and sticking.
By Jimi Phillip
Pan Steel Drums Made Easy Pan Steel Drums Made Easy
Basics for Beginners. By Harry Best
Pan Rhythm Pan Rhythm
Rhythmic Training for Pan Players: Whole Body Movement, read and notate rhythm, develop techniques for groove, strumming exercises, improve your weak hand, drumset and percussion patterns for steelband
By Phil Hawkins
Steelpan Playing with Theory Steelpan Playing with Theory
by Salah Wilson


The Steelpan Teacher's Manual
by Salah Wilson
Latin Real Book The Latin Real Book
This 580 page book is the first professional-level Latin fakebook ever published. It features the best classic and contemporary Salsa, Latin-Jazz and Brazilian music, and includes detailed arrangements of tunes exactly as performed by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Milton Nascimento, Cal Tjader, Ruben Blades, Ray Barretto, Andy Narell, Toninho Horta, The Fania All Stars, Cetia Cruz, Irakere, Arsenio Rodrigues, Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins, Mario Bauza, Los Van Van, Djavan and many others.
400 Questions and Answers on Pan - 1960 to 2007 400 Questions and Answers on Pan - 1960 to 2007
The book is broken down by decades, from the 1960's to the 2000's, with statistical analyses. There are two other segments, Who did it first? and Did you know? There is also a condensed history of the Brooklyn Panorama from 1972 to the present. This compilation is a must have for all Panists, Pan Lovers, researchers, and even the schools. The T&T School Library purchased copies for all schools!
Compiled by Ian R. Franklin
Crossword Puzzles of Trinidad & Tobago Crossword Puzzles of Trinidad & Tobago
The puzzles involve people, places and things regarding Trinidad and Tobago in the sports, Calypso & Calypsonians, Monarchs, Roadmarch Winners, Steel Orchestras, Winning Bands, Arrangers, beauty, history, and other miscellaneous areas. Take your pens, put on your thinking caps, test your knowledge, and enjoy!
Published by Ian R. Franklin
Teach Yourself to Play the Tenor Pan Teach Yourself to Play the Tenor Pan
An introductory guide to the tenor pan (soprano, 4th/5th).
Trains the beginner to use hands, eyes and ears to attain
competency in playing simle tunes on their own.
By Sherman Fyfe
Teach Yourself to Play the Double Tenor Pan Teach Yourself to Play the Double Tenor Pan
A pictorial guide to playing the double tenor pan (soprano).
The book is divided into three sections that look at the instrument, the major scales and chord construction. Includes a brief history of the steel band movement.
By Sherman Fyfe
Teach Yourself to Play the Double Second Pan Teach Yourself to Play the Double Second Pan
Gives an insight into the Double Second Pan (alto) by tracing its evolution from a single second twenty years ago. The book explores the major scales, chords, strumming and sticking.
By Sherman Fyfe
Teach Yourself to Play Advanced Pan Teach Yourself to Play Advanced Pan
A complete guide to pan playing for the intermediate and advanced player. Divided into seven sections, incl. the music alphabet, time, major scales, strumming and sticking. Provides guidance for the ensemble/small steel band.
By Sherman Fyfe
  Steel Band Tips For New Pan Teachers
Music Makers - Canadian Music Educator's Journal Volume 44, #4
(Summer 2003) Steel Pan Column by Joe Cullen
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  The Steelpan Handbook
by Rachel Hayward