Classical Liberal Arts Music Curriculum
  • Hi! I'm a new contributor on this forum but have perused and enjoyed a number of discussions here in the past. I've been teaching Pre-K through 12th grade Music at a small Catholic, Classical Liberal Arts school in Vermont for the past 3 years. The school is in the process of incorporating the Classical Liberal Arts model into the lower grades and we are in search of a music curriculum that would help us to achieve our goal. The Art teacher has been using the Meet the Masters curriculum with great success; however, no such curriculum appears to exist for Music. I am looking for a curriculum that focuses on individual Classical Masters (like Bach and Mozart) and their individual trademarks/characteristics. Does anyone on this forum have any knowledge of or experience of such a curriculum? If not, is there any curriculum for K-8 that would be suitable for a Classical Liberal Arts school?
  • Welcome to the Forum.

    I'm not completely sure I understand what you're looking for, but Justine Ward's method is often recommended to learn how to sing/play.
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  • M. Jackson Osborn
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    You might well look into the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music), which has admirable tutorials for all age groups. You'll not find its equal elsewhere.
  • Nisi
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    Welcome! Is singing a priority in designing a music curriculum for the children? If so, the Ward Method is the best, as it's based on Traditional Catholic music, the free rhythm of Gregorian chant, and solfege.
  • doneill
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    I teach music at a classical school and would be glad to talk with you about it. No, there isn't really a good set curriculum you can just buy and use, but there are some good resources out there. Send me a message and maybe we can set up a time to video chat. I' m also planning to be at the ICLE conference in St. Paul if you'd like to meet in person. Although the landscape is gradually improving, there still aren't many of us out there doing this stuff, and it's good to have the dialogue for exchange of ideas and camaraderie.
  • francisfrancis
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    I teach at an independent Roman Catholic classical liberal arts school, grades pre-k through 8.

    We have a schola of 20 children, 3rd-8th grade.

    All grades learn the theory of chant, (nueme names, solfeg, intervals) modern notation, music listening, harmonic series, modal (church) and modern music theory...

    The choir sings for liturgy every week, mostly singing from the Kyriale and the great Gregorian hymns from the Church, the school follows along... and sings along as they are able singing the top 100 SATB hymns (texts employ unadulterated Roman Catholic theology) for the liturgical year...

    We also listen to the historical great composers including: Ancient & Early Music, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, 20th Century and more. (Mozart takes his rightful place... you all know what I mean... those who know me...)

    They learn about the Morality of Music, based on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and later, Tames, Cole and [Koerber ("what you listen to, is what you become") [some of the children shudder during this class and make groaning noises]

    We offer my original music (and multi-media) productions that promote private devotions to the Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart, Rosary, Adoration of the Holy Face, Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Fatima, and more.

    They learn about the history and singing of American Folk Music, the roots of Jazz (New Orleans), and hit on Gershwin, Bebop, Big Band, etc., Cowboy Western.

    Nothing is left untouched and everything from the perspective of the power of and spirituality of music from both the heavenly and worldly perspective, its benefits and dangers.

    It is quite engaging, and they never know what is coming next....