Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Friday, 25 August 2017 09:03

Guyana’s steelpan team hosts first ever music workshop at CARIFESTA XIII

The Guyanese steel pan contingents are creating history at CARIFESTA XIII. The team is leaving its legacy behind by imparting its techniques to young 20170825 1

Some of the children at the Belleville Grammar School in Kingston Terrace, St. Michael, Barbados playing the steelpan as instructed.

Approximately 70 students between the ages of four and fourteen, are the first beneficiaries of a “Fun Music Workshop hosted by Guyana’s steelpan contingent at the Belleville Grammar School in Kingston Terrace St. Michael, Barbados. Musical Director, National School of Music, Andrew Tyndall said this initiative coincides with the school’s mandate to impart knowledge and share its talent.

Tyndall explained that they have hosted several workshops before but never for children. He said this workshop is a great privilege for the school and provides an opportunity for better integration with CARICOM countries. “This is the first time we’re working with small children and we’re extremely happy to do so.”

For music development, or general development it is necessary to have the instruction in the formative years. Director and Instructor at the School, Ramon Dummett who is also Guyanese-born said the workshop will provide

students with new skills they can use to build their confidence throughout their life.

Dummett shared his excitement since there has never been a music workshop at the school. “Music plays a big part in academics and social development for children and to have that national steel orchestra here is great. Parents calling us telling us they’re excited for them and it encourages them to also learn from them,’’ the Director explained. He is looking forward for a continued relationship with the National School of Music.

Facilitator Michael Smith Jr. is proud to transfer his knowledge to the future generations. Smith said this is a great experience for him and he does not believe in leaving this world without sharing or imparting your skills to people. “My task is to pass on this knowledge, you’re nothing in this life if you have a talent to not pass it on. So this is great achievement for our country and the children are learning quickly,” Smith said.

The two-day workshop concludes today after which the steelpan team will prepare for their final performance on Saturday.


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