Malika Green - Steel Pan Educator, Composer

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Malika Green  is an educator, arranger, composer and performer on the steelpan and resides in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago. Before relocating to the Caribbean in January 2019 Malika was the Director and creator of Steel Orchestras section of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) and its Community Engagement Coordinator. Her interest in music started at age eight with the piano. At 12, after taking a steel band class during a summer with her grandmother in Trinidad, she added pan. In high school she began arranging and composing for both the steelpan and piano.  Later, she would pursue BA and MM in steelpan performance at the Northern Illinois University (NIU). There she studied under professors Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, who both encouraged her to continue creating music. Working with these exceptional educators inspired her to continue on her path of a career with steelpan at the center. After completing NIU she went on to work with The Cultural Academy for Excellence located in the outskirts of Washington DC. Green recently completed a Global Fulbright Scholar program (2017-2018) during which she studied pedagogical practices in youth steel band programs in London, Toronto and Trinidad.  Her passion for introducing young students to the steelpan, and creating paths for students to development socially while exploring different cultures and musical styles is central to her approach. In January 2019 she relocated to Trinidad and has since judged Junior Panorama, participated in panorama with Renegades Steel Orchestra and is collaborating with Golden Hands (steelband program) and the Carnival Institute to develop new approaches to for steelpan education. She enjoys working with other educators to develop systems that bring effective steelpan teaching methods to educators around the world