MUSIC FOR STEELBAND: AN EXAMINATION OF VARIOUS STYLES WHICH DEVELOP SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE SKILLS
The steel band is one of the fastest growing ensembles in university and school settings. There are many types of steel bands and several different approaches to how the ensemble is taught, the styles of music that are taught and the reasons why those styles of music are presented. This document is directed toward instructors and students at institutions that have or intend to have a steel band as a regular rehearsing and performing ensemble. This research work will assist in understanding the styles of steel band music, the various methods by which those styles may be taught and what music performance skills will be exercised and developed by different styles and different presentations.