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
Level of Study
- Undergraduate = MUS 308-608
- Graduate = MUS 508-606
UNC Campus (Skinner Music Library: McMillen Conference Room)
8 workshop days: August 12-21, 2020 (weekdays only)
8:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. daily except for day 8 (8:30-11:40 a.m.)
Add/Register by: August 17
Drop by: August 18
Withdraw by: August 19
$900 ($300/credit hour)
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