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
Level of Study
- Undergraduate = MUS 308-603
- Graduate = MUS 508-604
UNC Campus (Skinner Music Library Rm 0139) + Online
8 workshop days: July 10-19, 2019 (weekdays only)
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily except for day 8 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Add/Register by: July 12
Drop by: July 15
$900 ($300/credit hour)
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