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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

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Ward Method Studies • Space Available!
published 4 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

613 Ward Method HE CENTRE for Ward Method Studies in the B. T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America announces the immediate availability of online registration for three Ward Method intensive courses scheduled for 20-24 June 2016 in Washington:

    * *  WARD METHOD STUDIES 2016

Complete instructions are posted following the course descriptions, and if one follows them carefully, application for admission should not present problems. Tuition scholarships are still available, upon request (skeris@cua.edu).

The chief tenets of the Ward Method can be summarized in five points:

(1) The basic principle is that music is a fundamental element in the development of the intellect and the formation of character.

(2) The Ward Method correlates the study of music with the other subjects of the curriculum, with special attention to those aspects of music that foster appreciation of and participation in liturgical singing.

(3) Whilst the voice alone is the basis of the musical training imparted, foundations are laid for a deep and broad study of musical theory.

(4) The Ward Method consistently applies the pedagogical principle that the normal process of development is from content to form.

(5) The Method proceeds from germinal musical elements, through a series of easily graded developmental phases, toward the complex details involved in the artistic rendering of musical compositions.