Ward Method Workshop I

Summer 2019 Professional Development Course for Music Educators

This class is for anyone interested in teaching music literacy or learning to read music and sing correctly. It is based on Justine Ward's method of teaching music through games and challenges beginning in the youngest grades. This method based on Gregorian chant elements, was designed for the elementary Catholic classroom teacher without any prior musical background, but it is also appropriate for the secular music classroom teacher interested in teaching musical literacy and aesthetic instruction through singing, as well as adult choral instruction. This class covers K-2 grade instruction through pitch matching strategies, whole body movement for rhythm and musical interpretation, and number notation for melody, which becomes transcribed to standard staff notation through composition activities in the diatonic scale. Correct vocal production is taught through Intonation Exercises designed to perfect sight-reading skills. Analytical skills are emphasized through class participation of identifying correct pitch, timbre, rhythmic accuracy, and melodic and rhythmic dictation.

Students will attend an intensive 8-day seminar of 45 semester hours, engaging in all aspects of Ward Method instruction as presented to elementary classrooms with adaptations for older choral settings. Evaluation will be based on written lesson plans, participation in small group presentations of individual components of a Ward lesson, a musical composition using skills learned in the seminar, and Ear, Eye, and Rhythmic Dictations. In lieu of a final, one complete Ward Lesson will be presented to the class for evaluation. Graduate credit students will be required to present two complete Ward Lessons for evaluation. In addition, homework will include creating files of all 1956 ed. Warm-ups, Intonation Charts, and Rhythm Patterns for Book One.

Undergraduate version of course = MUS 308-603

Graduate version of course = MUS 508-604

Syllabus for both courses

  • Eligibility

    Undergraduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    If you are not seeking a degree at UNC, but have earned a GED or high school diploma, you may take this course for personal interest or to transfer to another college or university. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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    Please fill out the registration form and submit to Extended Campus (see Contact Us section below).

  • Contact Us

    Alise Brown

    UNC Extended Campus
    Aimee Rogers
    Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO 80639
    Phone: 970-351-2594
    Fax: 970-351-1870
    E-mail: aimee.rogers@unco.edu 
    Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@unco.edu or 970-351-4862.

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    Syllabus for both courses