Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2021-12-06 05:30:01



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2021


This project will be a presentation of the research, processes, and results of composing two etudes for the tenor steelpan. The difficulty and applications of the accompanying etudes vary, but they are primarily intended for high school students or intermediate pannists. The purpose of this research project is twofold: to provide a brief description of the history of the steelpan and its integration into the United States education system in order to illustrate the need for original compositions and to serve as a guide to the teaching process of each composition provided. This paper will also give a detailed explanation of the emulation process in composing original exercises for the instrument as well as the technique and prior musical knowledge required to perform each etude. Although the research paper itself is not intended for students, it will aid in the teaching of the steelpan and will be used as a supplement for beginning pan educators.

Research Sponsor

Matt Dudack

First Reader

Dr. Larry D. Snider

Second Reader

Dr. Brooks Toliver

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Marc Reed



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