Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ward Method Studies in Calgary, Alberta

An opportunity to learn Level 1 Ward Method without having to travel abroad! This 8 day workshop will be offered at St. John the Evangelist Church situated in Calgary, Alberta under the instruction and guidance of Dr. Alise Brown from the University of Northern Colorado.
The entire 8-day, 45hr workshop will take place on:
Tuesday - Friday June 4-7th as well as Monday -Thursday June10-13th.
(Class runs 8:30-12:30AM, lunch break, 1:30-3:30PM most days except last day which is a half-day)

About the instructor:
       Dr. Alise Brown is an instructor of music education at UNC, specializing in music literacy and expressivity as taught in the Ward Method. She holds Orff and Kodaly training, and is fully certified in all levels of the Ward Method. Dr. Brown has been privileged to study under the Gregorian chant specialists Father Robert Skeris, previously of Vatican City, and Scott Turkington. Dr. Brown has conducted community and children's choirs and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Ward Method of musical instruction.

     “It is an outstanding method, even without chant. In my experience, I consider it to be superior and more effective than any other methodology. The beauty of this method is that it was originally conceived to help nuns with limited musical knowledge teach catholic school children. It is a great educational tool for any teacher who would like to bring a rich musical experience into the classroom!“

Course Description:
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 elementary 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.

Course fee: $365 (early registration before May 4th, 2013)
                    $430 (registration after May 4th, 2013)
      (Includes the 45hr workshop and lunches served with tea/coffee.)
       A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required by May 4th, 2013 and sent to:
Ward Method Workshop
Attention: Jacquie O'Neil
Site 16, Box 16, RR1
Airdrie, AB
T4B 2A3.
Class size limited to 15 participants, please register early if you are interested. Email for more information.