ASHINGTON, DC boasts a single university-level music school within its boundaries. That school—nestled in the “little Rome” neighborhood of Northeast DC and in the shadow of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception—is the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America (CUA). Founded in 1929 by Justine Bayard Ward (1879-1975), the music school at CUA has a rich history.
Each summer, the International Center for Ward Method Studies at the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art offers week-long intensive courses in Gregorian chant and the Ward Method of music instruction. The Ward Method is a classical pedagogy designed for pre-K through eighth grade music classes in Catholic schools. The school is pleased to announce that this course will be offered in person in summer 2021.
The dates for this year’s session are Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25. A limited number of scholarships are available.
More detailed information is available on the Ward Center’s website. Anyone with questions about this program should contact Mrs. Amy Guettler Zuberbueler, M.M.E, the director of the International Center for Ward Method Studies (click here for contact information).