PRSSV through its graded syllabuses is supporting the development of pan by providing players with the opportunity to gain deserved accreditation alongside other musical instruments. The syllabuses recognise and celebrate the oral tradition as well as introducing the player to written notation and related areas of knowledge and understanding. This inclusion reflects the current movement in Trinidad in that it is seen as part of a vital process for developing the instrument’s equality and status within the whole world music arena. Steel pans were invented in around 1945 in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and are the world’s youngest acoustic instruments. Pan has rapidly grown from its beginning as a folk instrument into a world class entity, its international status and popularity being due to its diverse musical capabilities and its accessibility to musicians as an oral tradition.