Music at Immaculata
The Ward Method
Immaculata is pleased to be one of a few Catholic schools in the nation to have re-introduced the dynamic and effective Ward Method for music instruction which was widely popular in Catholic schools during the early and mid nineteenth century.
The Ward Method of Music Instruction is a progressive method of teaching elementary school children – through vocal instruction – music theory, composition and conducting. The Method was developed to teach American Catholic school children the fundamentals of music so that they would be able to sing the vast repertoire of sacred music which is a part of the Roman Catholic Church’s tradition. The Ward Method is unique in that it has a basis in Gregorian chant. "The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services” (Pope Paul VI, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, December 4, 1963). Given our deep desire to transmit to our students the whole of the Catholic Tradition, from faith to language to music, the Ward Method fits perfectly with our mission.
Our Ward program begins with our 1st grade students and currently ends with our seventh graders, expanding to eighth grade in the 2016-2017 school year. Immaculata intends to expand our program in time with the goal of our upper school students learning to sing Gregorian chant, particularly during our school Masses.
For more information, visit http://musicasacra.com/ward-method-instruction/