Saturday, 3 August 2013

Play the Steel Pan from your Android!

Play the Steel Pan from your Android!


The creative arts 'umbrella' is the most fun part of our curriculum here in Trinidad and Tobago. It's actually a combination of folk and classical singing, instrumentals, dance and drama. Every school here can choose the instruments that the students will learn to play from the Ministry of Education because each district has its own musical culture so the choice of instruments will vary. My personal favorite is the Steel Pan (which is our national instrument).

The students usually perform at Christmas when we have our annual Christmas concert to show off their new musical skills. There are also other island-wide events that they attend to represent the school throughout the school year. 

Anyway, aside from practicing at school, the students are now able to practice at school (via an android device). The pan teacher introduced them to the Digital Pan app. It's free! Well, you know how very modern the children are these days... They started using it right away. My daughter plays it at home and I'm kind of relieved that I don't have to get an actual Steel Pan because I don't know where in the house it would fit!

So, if you are curious about the Steel Pan, you can download it for free and Play the Steel Pan from your Android!

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!