ROCKCREEK STEEL DRUMS BEGINNER STEEL PAN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Based out of the Annapolis, MD area, we work throughout Maryland during the year in addition to seasonal regional and national tours.
HOW IT WORKS
Whether it is a one Day Artist in Residency or a Year Long 8 visit Residency, the Beginner Steel Pan Artist In Residence Program follows the same model.
Rockcreek Steel Drums has a virtual Orientation meeting with the school administration/teachers prior to the residency where we discuss the schedule planning, residency goals, final performance, workshop space, special needs of students, and any else needed.
Kick off Large Group Interactive Assembly
The Residency begins with a large group workshop/assembly for all the participating classes. Students will hear the steel pan played, learn about it’s birth in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1940’s, learn how to hold mallets, some conductor signs and play their first song as a group on steel pans. The Large Group Workshops are for groups of up to 100 per kickoff workshop. The kickoff Interactive Assembly can be 30 minutes or 45 minutes depending on scheduling.
Class Workshops and Rehearsals
For the duration of the Artist In Residence program participating classes come for 30 or 45 minutes workshops where they develop the skills to perform in a steel band. We learn melodies, conductor signals, scales, how to strum chords, how to read folk charts, and how to create good tone on the instrument while learning a repertoire of songs.
Final Concert Rehearse
At the final concert, each participating class performs a different song(s) so that we have a full concert between the classes. Students completing the residency will have experienced being in a band, learning how to participate in a musical rehearsal, performing chords and melodies on an instrument……….. and having played a concert as a member of a band.
Evaluation Meeting at end of Residency
Rockcreek Steel Drums is a member of the Maryland State Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster and in Baltimore City on the ArtsEveryDay teaching artist roster. Both of these rosters can provide grants covering up to 100% of the cost of school visits for Maryland Public Schools and Nonprofits. We can help prepare the grant applications for The Maryland Arts Council’s Arts In Education Grants……. contact us at [email protected] to learn more. or visit us at www.rockcreeksteeldrums.com
Appropriate Grade Levels:
2nd grade through adult
The Rockcreek Steel Drums Beginner Steel Pan Residency can be delivered as a straight up Arts Education steel band residency with a final performance or as an Arts Integrated residency
We have done dozens of versions of our arts integrated steel pan residency including: The Algebra 1 of steel pan, The Physics of Steel Pan, The World History of the Steel Pan of Trinidad and Tobago, Learning Ratios making shakers, A song called $1.28 (learning to count change and write melodies) and many more.
This program is offered as: