Ward Method II Workshop

Summer 2020 Professional Development Course for Music Educators

This class is a continuation of material learned in Ward I, based on Justine Ward's method of teaching music through games and challenges beginning in the youngest grades. In order to progress to this class, the student must have taken and passed Ward I with an 84% for graduate students, reflected as “Satisfactory” for undergraduate workshop credit. This class covers 3-6 grade instruction focusing on singing above and below DO in the Minor Scale and Modes in authentic and plagal ranges, as well as continued use of the Major Scale. Mixed meter will be addressed through the use of Arsis/Thesis, while regular meters are taught with standard conducting gestures. Intermediate Improvisation, composition, and Solesmes chant instruction are continuations of Ward I. Correct vocal production is reinforced through Intonation Exercises designed to perfect advanced sight-reading skills, including modulating from major to minor and to nearby keys. Analytical skills are continued through class participation of identifying correct pitch in vocal intonations, timbre, rhythmic accuracy, and melodic and rhythmic dictation including syncopation and triplets, as well as Compass Exercises in the Minor, Root, and 1st inversion chords.

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. Evaluation will be for written lesson plans, participation in small group presentations of individual components of a Ward lesson, a musical composition using skills learned in the workshop, Ear, Eye, and Rhythmic Dictations and knowledge of minor scale Compass Exercises. In lieu of a final, one complete Ward Lesson will be presented to the class for evaluation, and a 1-page paper regarding an aspect of the Ward Method and it’s use in the student’s setting will be due the week following the class. Since the Ward Method no longer has materials for purchase, students will be required to generate the needed materials used in class for a year, which is due 2 weeks following the end of the class. Part of this last requirement may be replaced by teaching the Ward Method to a small group of select children using generated materials and submitting a video within 2 weeks following the class. Graduate credit students will be required to present two complete Ward Lessons. All students are expected to practice the song materials on a daily basis throughout the workshop.

This course is letter graded.

Undergraduate version of course = MUS 308-608

Graduate version of course = MUS 508-606

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.

  • Register

    MUS 308-608 CRN: 40685

    MUS 508-606 CRN: 40686

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • 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.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.

    Instructions on activating your accounts and paying your bill.

    Syllabus for both courses