Ayodele Odutayo, BHSc; Rashida Williams, HBSc
Note: This letter is dedicated to the memory of Elton “Smokey” John, founder and leader of the Mississauga Academy of Steelband Music.
Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Odutayo A, Williams R. Music Lessons. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:207. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-3-201108020-00027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(3):207.
TO THE EDITOR:
Davidoff's article (1) immediately struck a chord with us and piqued our interest. As long-time musicians, we could not help but to reflect on how music was already making a difference in our careers as students.
For the past 9 years, we have proudly participated in a local steel pan orchestra. Although many may recall steel pan music from a recent Caribbean vacation, playing the steel pan is a unique musical experience. The performance usually occurs without the direction of a conductor and without the aid of sheet music. This setting therefore adds a new twist to the already challenging task of performing in front of a crowd: Not only must steel pannists remember every musical note for over 25 songs, they must also weave their individual musical contributions into 1 harmonious melody.
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