We are a group of Elementary School Teachers who have come together to work on this project as part of a Music Education assignment. We focused on "Parang", a musical artform indigenous to Trinidad & Tobago, with the hope of creating interest and sustainability in keeping the traditional form alive. We have also examined the influence of technology and other innovations on this genre of music. The research conducted clarified that the preferences varied among those who liked traditional only and those who liked the contemporary forms. Traditional parranderos, while they appreciate the shift to soca parang and chutney parang and so on, recognize the need to hold on jealously to what is Parang's true heritage.
We have done research, collected data and conducted interviews with key people in our area of study. This website contains all aspects of this research and we hope the user finds the information educational, useful and worthwhile. Our aim remains one of developing an awareness and appreciation of Parang Music in its traditional form. While technology has its role in accurately recording and documenting music, even enhancing clarity in some parts, we believe that it cannot be compared with nor can it ever replace authentic, traditional, live parang music.
Kent, Elizabeth & Suzette
(14th November, 2010)
History of project
This project began in Suzette's l dining room as we brainstormed to find a topic that would reflect some indepth research in music educatrion that we held as a passion. We looked at several topics: Elizabeth at folklore, Suzette at parang and Kent at technology in music.
We decidedly selected parang and technology and entitled the project "Parang Alive!" The guiding question for us was: "How has technology influenced parang music in Trinidad and Tobago over the years?'
The data collection process involved interviews with icons, visiting places that keep traditional parang alive, videotaping craftsmen in the field and making traditional foods linked to the season. The plan was to present the data collected, of which there is no shortage, in a timeline powerpoint presentation and a moviemaker chronicling the project in pictures.
We will continue to update this website as we collect more relevant information.
Here you can describe a typical user and why this project is important to them. It is good to motivate your visitors so that they come back to your website.