RIT Steelband Ensemble

This course is designed for beginning musicians who wish to understand the fundamentals of music and performance through the performance of steel drums.

The instructor/band director will instruct students using both western music pedagogy and rote learning techniques that emerge from Caribbean music traditions. In addition to studying instrumental technique and individual band parts, students will learn about the history and development of the instrument from its roots in African drumming, its evolution through found instruments and discarded oil barrels, to its modern form and practice. Prior instruction is not required.


Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:30 - 4:45 p.m
SAU A130

Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:00 - 3:15 p.m
SAU A130


Enroll in Steelband Ensemble via PRFL-490. Contact Ted Canning for enrollment details.

Credits 1 - 3
An in-depth examination of a selected aspect of performing arts with a focus on performance and composition.

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Ted Canning
Ted Canning
Applied Music Instructor (Percussion)
Director of Steelband Ensemble