The product
Friday, 22 July 2011 00:27

The final product consists of a double CD:

  • The first is on-location recorded arrangements of each song ranging from 4 to 6 minutes, performed by various steel orchestras; and
  • The second includes the musical scores, computerized using Finale Music Program 2002 format, and showing individual parts to be played by various steelpan instruments, namely, tenor, double tenor, double second, etc.

With Finale, the score may be played on the computer, in parts or in its entirety, at any tempo. Students not having the Finale Music Program, may access scores in MIDI format.

PDF files are available for those who simply wish to have a printout of each score. These may be easily read using Acrobat Reader (also downloadable free from the Internet). Short MP3 clips containing the original verses and choruses with vocals/lead lines are provided as an insight into how arrangers have embellished the melodies.

Digital files containing notes on Caribbean Rhythms have been included as an aid to those who are unfamiliar with them. Finally, a relationship between instruments of the conventional symphony orchestra and those of a steel orchestra has been suggested. This will assist music teachers and arrangers in transcribing music for the steelpan. Conversely, music written for pan may be adapted for playing with traditional instruments.


ELLIMAC Production ® (EMP) Limited
Commonwealth Secretariat
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA)
Tourism Development Company Limited