Ministry of Education, Guyana

A wealth of scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social and creative potential.

  • It speeds the development of speech and reading skills
  • It trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods
  • It helps children gain a sense of empathy for others

Music study requires a high degree of precision in auditory processing: being almost in tune is not good enough. This means that musically trained children are better able to distinguish subtle details of speech, leading to improved reading, better comprehension and also a greater ability to interpret what other people – children and adults – are really saying. Most importantly, Music gives children a means to express themselves, to unleash their creativity and to be inspired by their own boundless capacity for personal growth.

The Ministry of Education will host a Music Education workshop for Primary school teachers during the August Vacation for a total of sixty (60) contact hours. This Workshop will be the first of a series of training sessions designed to build capacity and to equip teachers with the necessary skills to effectively deliver a Music programme in Primary schools. The objectives are:

  • To train and maintain a cadre of Primary school teachers in Music Education
  • To resuscitate and support singing in Primary schools
  • To enrich the education process by the introduction of an artiste experience in the field of Music

You are invited to provide coverage for the opening ceremony.
DATE: Monday, July 13, 2015
VENUE: Theatre Guild Playhouse
TIME: 10:00 hrs

Published in News & Events
Friday, 21 February 2014 11:28

The School's Steelband Programme

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The art form of steelpan playing has its origin in the Caribbean. History has shown that it is the only musical instrument invented in the early nineteenth century. Studies have shown that music education at an early age greatly increases the likelihood that a child will grow up to seek higher education. In addition, students who had an exposure to music made better "team players" in the workforce.

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The Ministry of Education introduced Steelband Programmes in sixteen schools across Guyana. It aims to expand this programme to ten new schools and the Cyril Potter College of Education by 2018. This programme is coordinated through the Unit of Allied Arts within the Ministry of Education which has responsibility for the promotion of Expressive Arts of Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Physical Education and Dance in schools.

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The Objectives of this programme are:-

  • To nuture skills in steelband playing among two hundred (200) students from the Schools Steel Orchestra
  • To provide an opportunity for the demonstration of skills by learners
  • To provide an interesting and entertaining Public Exhibition by students


The relationship between music education and better performance in life is not accidental. If we want to continue as a creative society, finding solutions to the ever changing-world, we need to expose our children to the arts. Music will help to shape our culture and it is the great equalizer among people of different racial, social and economic backgrouds.

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The National Schools Steel Orchestra a subset of the Schools Steelband programme, was launched along with the National Schools Choir in December, 2009 by the late Dr. Desrey Fox, CCH, Minister within the Ministry of Education during that period.

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The Ministry of Education is appreciative of support received form various stakeholders in the development of this aspect of Education. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has partnered with the Ministry of Education for the development of the Steelpan Programme in schools by supplying valuable human resources needed for teaching.

We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of Republic Bank in the training of young people in this art form during the August vacation. The Ministry of Education also recognises the role of the Parent Teachers Association which is crucial to the progress of this programme in schools.

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'AMITY' an Annual Schools Steelpan Performance was designed to create a common platform for sharing music, building friendships among the steelband fraternity, the various stakeholders and the general public.

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Some of the schools that form part of the programme include:-

Buxton Secondary
Dolphin Secondary
Lodge Secondary
North Georgetown Primary
North Rumveldt Secondary
Queens College
St Rose's High
The Bishops High School


Published in Allied Arts Unit
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:47

The Benefits of Music Education

Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.

Published in EduBlog