The Republic Bank Pan Minors Music Literacy Camps 2015 will be hosted by the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport’s Music Development Unit during the period July 06 to 23, 2015. Today the new Managing Director, Richard Sammy of Republic Bank presented a cheque valuing $1.3M to the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport for the Pan Minors Music Literacy Camps. Republic Bank has been a constant supporter of the development of pan music in Guyana.
This year the target is to train one hundred and fifty five (155) students, equipping them with the skills necessary for playing the Pan and knowledge of the rudiments of music.
This year the camps will focus on developing the technical competency of students and the arranging capabilities of students who show potential in this field.
The elements of this course are scales and drills training, music theory (ABRSM Grade 1 Level), reading and playing and an introduction to arranging for the steel band. Upon completion of the camp all participants with over nine-five percent attendance will receive a certificate.
The aim of this unique program is to promote and develop the steel pan art-form, while providing youths with an opportunity to develop self-discipline and the spirit of team work, to introduce its participants to the basic elements of music theory and teach them the basic skills required to play the steel pan and to enhance the playing technique and introduce the basic principles involved in arranging for steel bands.
On completion of the course participants must be able to play simple pieces of music on their instrument of choice, have a general understanding of the basic elements of music and place chords to simple one line melody.
Camps will be conducted in Regions 3, 4, 6, and Georgetown. Some of the venues include Berbice High School, North Ruimveldt Secondary, Tiperary Hall Buxton, Bishops’ High School, West Demerara Secondary and the National School of Music.