Advisor

Malde, Melissa

Committee Member

Luedloff, Brian Clay

Committee Member

Kauffman, Deborah

Committee Member

Harding, Jennifer

Department

College of Performing and Visual Arts; Vocal Performance

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2019

Extent

119 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The Ward Method is a progressive approach to vocal music education designed for elementary and intermediate students in Catholic Schools. However, due to the solid foundation of vocal pedagogy inherent to the Method, as well as its philosophies of educational psychology that govern its structure and approach, the Ward Method has implications that go far beyond elementary parochial music education. The concepts of vocal and educational pedagogy that distinguish the Ward Method are presented and compared to historical and current sources. An description of the component elements of the method and how they are used in the context of a lesson is also included. Three case studies examine how the Method may be adapted for use outside of the classroom setting to address a broad spectrum of vocal applications, including: correcting non-amusic “tone-deafness” in an adult male; addressing specific deficiencies of musical and vocal understanding in an adolescent female; and preparing difficult literature with a chorus of amateur singers. In each case, lesson plans are included with notes explaining what modifications were made and, more importantly, which elements of the Method were followed.

Degree type

DA

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Kilcoyne_unco_0161D_10809.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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