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Diamond Piano Curriculum Overview

Each of Diamond Piano's 37 Pods builds upon the material covered in the preceding Pods. The following is a high level look at when some broad music theory concepts are introduced throughout the Pods:

Pods 1-10

  • Note reading on the grand staff between high and low C
  • Proper hand position, technique, and fingering
  • Counting rhythms in 4/4 and 3/4 time
  • Improvising melodies with five finger range
  • Transposing five finger melodies to all 12 keys with both hands
  • Dynamics and tempos
  • Ear training with single note melodies

Pods 11-20

  • Expansion of reading range
  • Counting of subdivided beats
  • Relative major and minor scale formulas
  • Transposing with full scales
  • Improvising melodies with full octave range
  • Key signatures
  • Pedaling technique
  • Articulation
  • Ear training with octave unison melodies

Pods 21-30

  • Chord inversions
  • Chord analysis
  • Transposing with chords
  • Further subdivision of rhythms including swing
  • Time signatures with 8 and 2 on the bottom
  • Major and minor key chord families
  • Harmonic Minor
  • Improvisation with unlimited range
  • Composition (notating original ideas)
  • Ear training with melodies over progressions with 1, 2, and 3 chord changes

Pods 31-37

  • Seventh Chords
  • Accompaniment styles explored
  • Lead Sheet Arranging
  • Improvisation and composition furthered
  • The circle of fifths
  • Blues scale and form
  • Pentatonic - major and minor
  • Ear training with melodies over progressions with up to 5 chord changes