Music always has and always will exert a profound formative influence on our souls. The Greeks considered formation of musical taste the most important part of a primary education. Plato insisted that older students should come to learn the mathematics of music, which became one of the seven traditional liberal arts.
This issue of Beyond the Test offers some helpful encouragement and direction for educating our students and ourselves in music. Our first article gives some suggestions about developing a musical imagination that includes different eras and styles of music. The second article gives a brief introduction to the mathematical study of music. We Focus On the success of mandatory, all-school choir at St. Augustine Academy in California, and offer two Featured Resources -- The Pueri Cantores programs for developing school choirs, and the Ward Method for teaching music to the young through passing on Gregorian chant techniques.
On the newsy side, we are happy to announce the opening of early registration for our summer Conference and teacher training program, along with news about other excellent opportunities for the summer in Florida, Michigan, London and Denver. Our webinar series turns to St. Augustine’s Confessions for the final two installments this year. Schools around the country are actively seeking headmasters and teachers through our Positions Available Forum. In case you don’t follow our Facebook page, I will include links to two very popular items on the mercy of St. Thomas the Teacher, and on the blessings a principal and parent has found at his classical school.
Finally, the Institute is happy to introduce the CLT, a new alternative standardized test for college admissions based on the best that Western civilization has to offer. The Institute is pleased to be involved in shaping the CLT to satisfy the needs of colleges and free teachers and students from the demands of the increasingly secular testing world.
I hope this edition of Beyond the Test finds you, your families, and your schools flourishing through the grace of the Holy Spirit. I look forward to meeting many of you at our summer programs, or in the virtual world that connects us across the many miles of our great country.
Andrew T. Seeley, PhD