Teaching and Sheet Music

Rachel has 24 years experience teaching steelbands in a huge variety of environments; she teaches complete beginners to conservatoire-level players, from age seven to adult.

Read about Rachel’s involvement with Music For Youth

She taught pan in the London Borough of Barnet from 1996 – 2007, taking her groups to the National Finals of Music For Youth on numerous occasions; the Dollis Deep Pans won a Highly Commended Certificate there in 2006. Under her direction they also performed at the Royal Festival Hall, and toured Slovenia (1999), where they played at the British Ambassador’s Champagne Reception.

The Dollis Deep Pans play “Janie Mama” at the Royal Albert Hall, 2005.

She was Surrey County Steelband Co-ordinator and organised a fifty piece County Steel Orchestra which performed at the Woking Pops Concert (1999) and at the Albert Hall Gala Concert (1998). She has worked with excluded young people at South East Surrey Pupil Referral Unit and taught the award-winning Reigate Pilgrim Steel Bands for 19 years.

The Reigate Pilgrim Senior Steel Band at the Barbican Hall, Barnardo’s “Believe in Children” Concert, 2010.

Te Deum, Charpentier.

The Reigate Pilgrim Junior Steel Band at Music For Youth Regional Festival 2010

Paint It Black, The Rolling Stones.

The Reigate Senior Steel Band at Music For Youth Regional Festival 2010

I Dare You, Mark Loquan.

Rachel is happy to run training days for music teachers wishing to improve their knowledge of pan or provide workshops for schools and other establishments which already have their own sets of pans.

Workshops can be tailored to the needs of an individual institution:

demonstration: talk and solo performance
workshop: technique and improving skills for established players and bands
advice on setting up a steelband project
arranging and teaching skills
percussion for steelbands
sheet music provided


Sheet Music

All these pieces are very easy and designed for young or inexperienced players. All arrangements are arranged for both four part (lead/tenor, seconds, guitar and bass) and five part (lead/tenor, seconds, guitar, cello and bass) steel bands.

Three Easiest Pieces For Steel Bands: ‘Mangoes’, ‘Janey Girl’ & ‘Limbo’

All traditional Caribbean melodies ideal for wider opportunities Y3 class teaching, first pieces for beginner steelbands or for “taster” sessions or one-day workshops.  Complete with notes on teaching from an arranger with over 12 years experience teaching pan in schools, music centres and workshops.

Available for £10.00 GBP (plus P+P)

First Band Pieces: ‘Come Back Liza’, ‘Sly Mongoose’ & ‘Round The Mountain’

Ideal for introducing commonly used steelband rhythms to novice bands. With notes on teaching.

Available for £10.00 GBP (plus P+P)

More First Band Pieces: ‘Sammy Dead-O!’, ‘Sitira’ & ‘Stone Cold Dead In De Market’

Three more easy pieces which utilise common steelband rhythms and forms.

Available for £10.00 GBP (plus P+P)

Please use the contact form to order your sheet music and discuss any further requirements.