Carnival is a special event in the islands of Trinidad & Tobago - which is Tiva's country of birth. So carnival is near and dear to Tiva as for years she played mas and danced on the streets, played the steelpan and celebrated carnival in many different ways.
Carnival, though it just ended, is the inspiration for this new theme and we wanted to include different elements of this grand celebration, so we thought it would be fitting to have our first curriculum video reflect a significant part of carnival culture - which is the steelpan.
Steelpans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra) is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago. There are many different instruments and variations making up the family of steelband instruments. In the beginning of the steelband movement, players would play a single pan only, now commonly called around the neck instruments. Later on, some steelpans became chromatic by using multiple pans, particularly for the bass registers, which have fewer notes per pan owing to the larger sizes of the lower note areas.
For this project, we chose the tenor pan as our influence. Though the tenor pan has more notes than our art project reflects, the project nonetheless gives you a clear look at what the tenor pan looks like and how it is played. Using cardboard, felt and other simple tools we ended up with a cardboard tenor pan which not only intrigued our students, but was one that we could integrate into multiple aspects of our Carnival theme, particularly our yoga carnival-themed activities.
Take a look!
If you are looking for a simple, cultural arts & crafts project then feel free to watch our video. You will be able to see the tools we used and how simple this project was to put together.
Tiva & Randa