Ward Music Center San Antonio

"The real foundations of character are not to be found in the intellect but in the emotions and the will properly enlightened through the intellect, and it is through music and art that the imagination and the emotions may be reached and effectively developed."
Fr. Thomas E. Shields in The Catholic Educational Review

"Together - he for the pedagogy and I for the music - we prepared a practical method of music for children in Catholic schools. From the start, this method was directed toward Gregorian chant."
Justine Bayard Ward speaking of her collaboration with Fr. Shields

The result of teaching a child to read and play an instrument is "that such a reader does not know how to phrase his melodies; and cannot tell when he has left a key or when he returns to it. For, after all, an instrument can produce only the sound of the notes; whatever else is required depends on the intelligence of the performer. Now, for that to be possible, it is necessary for him to understand vocal music, that is to say, music itself."
Pierre Galin in Exposition d'une nouvelle method, 1818

"We should begin by giving the child only as much music as he can really grasp and deal with in a living way, - that is a very few fundamental truths in germinal form. Two or three tones, a few simple rhythmic figures are all that his powers of assimilation can cope with. These, however, he should use for himself from the beginning. He should be encouraged to weave them into patterns of his own designing, to arrange and rearrange them according to his own fancy. His early efforts will be crude and obvious, and for a while purely imitative of what he has heard from the teacher, but gradually his phrases grow in beauty of form and feeling, and the result of his efforts will be real musical development instead of passive imitation."
Justine Bayard Ward in The Catholic School Journal, 19, November 1919

Your plan realizes and puts into execution the Platonic definition of rhythm as "Order in movement," and that of Saint Augustine: "Rhythm is the science of beautiful movements." And note well that, at one stroke, every other element which enters into the composition of a melody is placed in a secondary rank: pitch, intensity, duration, etc. Have I not good reason for thanking you?"
Dom Andre Mocquereau, written to Mme. Ward in the Preface to her Gregorian Chant Book Four
Discover Beauty
through the art of music.
Discover music
through Gregorian chant.
The Ward Center of San Antonio
Affiliated with the International Centre for Ward Method Studies
B. T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC


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