The Ward Method of Music Instruction is classical pedagogy for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. It is unique in that it is a progressive program of music instruction encompassing modern music theory as well as Gregorian chant.

  • History

    Justine Bayard Ward, the foundress of the original School of Liturgical Music at The Catholic University of America, developed her method to teach American Catholic school children the fundamentals of music which would enable them to sing the vast patrimony of musica sacra.

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  • Philosophy of Education

    The child “hungers and thirsts for the greatest truths; but he needs them and he demands them in a form suited to his stage of development.” 

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  • The Ward Lesson

    In the Ward Lesson the teacher guides the students to discover the repertoire by allowing the students to work with each element first in isolation.

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  • Comparison of the Standards

    The Ward Method is admirably suited to meet the needs of the 2014 National Standards for Music Education of the National Association for Music Education.

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  • Resources and Materials

    Students who attend a Ward course will receive access to resources and materials to assist them in their classroom teaching.

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