"Now I Walk in Beauty"
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Simple questions: 1. Is there not a teacher's edition available specifically for this resource? (As opposed to the Ward System progressive series.)
    2. Has anybody had access to Wilko's "schema" for the lessons, and/or lesson plans for same?
  • chonakchonak
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    There isn't a teacher's manual, but there is a table in the appendix indicating what musical skill(s) are being introduced with each piece.
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Okay, that helps. Thanks, RC.
  • chonakchonak
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    Here are some sample pages, including the table of contents and the table of features introduced with each selection.
  • I took Wilko's Advanced Ward class this summer and am again amazed at what a wonderful resource Now I Walk is for those using the Ward method.

    As chonak mentions, the key is in the table in the appendix, which tells what new skills are being introduced. Another huge help in using the book is Wilko's wonderful one-page guide, which included:

    Order of elements

    Vocal exercise
    Intonation exercises (with diagrams)
    Rhythm exercises (with rhythm patterns)
    Dictations
    Notation
    Improvisation
    Melody / song
    review of recent melodies / songs

    Starting instructions (sung on the first note of the melody)

    2/4 upbeat: "up down now sing" ("up down now start" for rhythm exercises)
    3/4 upbeat "up down over and now sing" ("start")
    2/4 downbeat "one two now sing" ("start")
    3/4 downbeat "one two three and now sing" or "one two three now we sing" ("start")

    Compass exercises

    Four compass exercises in each mode

    Gestures

    Measuring (melodic) gesture
    Metrical gestures 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Rhythmical gestures 2, 3 and 4

    Teachers skills

    Create a relaxed but concentrated atmosphere during the lesson
    Avoid the use of too many words
    Help children to produce a natural and beautiful sound
    Choose good and coherent pitches for exercises and songs
    Challenge the children’s inner hearing
    Challenge the children’s memory
    Challenge the children’s vigilant eyes
    Alternate between activity of the whole group, smaller groups and individual children
    Use the pitchpipe (tuning fork or piano) and the red/green pointer skillfully and musically
    Give correct starting instructions for rhythm exercises, melodies and songs
    Don’t break the flow of the lesson by focusing on things that go wrong

    To refresh your memory of any of the elements, use the Ward I Teacher's manual to remind yourself...
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Wilko's wonderful one-page guide

    Thank you so much, Janet. Is this guide found online anywhere?