A typical days workshop

The day is divided into 30 to 45 minute slots per class so that each age group gets a tailor made workshop. The class is introduced to the pans and shown playing techniques which they can perfect over the course of their session. 

Within minutes the pupils are up playing the pans. There is an impressive bank of 7 tenor pans used in the workshops so that all the pupils get a number of opportunities to play the pans. The tenor pans are the perfect height and size for primary age pupils and are coloured coded so that all pupils are able to access and enjoy playing the pans whatever their musical foundation. 

The pupils play along with specially selected backing tracks of Caribbean classics, party favourites and recent pop hits which really give the workshop a Caribbean party flavour. The pupils have so much fun that they don't realise they are learning and developing their musical skills and understanding!

Structure of the day

Each school devises its own timetable so that the workshops can fit in with the needs of each class and the times of the school day. 

Here is an example of the timetable for a one day workshop to a one form entry primary school:

09.00 - 09.30 Year 1

09.30 - 10.00 Year 2

10.00 - 10.30 Year 3

10.30 - 10.45 Morning Break

10.45 - 11.30 Year 4

11.30 - 12.15 Year 5

12.15 - 13.15 Lunch

13.15 - 14.00 Year 6

14.00 - 14.30 Rehearsal for pupils performing in the assembly

14.30 - 15.00 Whole school celebration assembly

A great way to round off the day is with a whole school celebration assembly. Pupils from each class are selected during the day and invited to demonstrate the skills learned in their workshop. The pieces include singing and dancing so the assemblies always have a lively carnival atmosphere with all the audience joining in clapping and singing along.