Check Out Our New Syllabus Pages 🚀

Hey Groovers :wave:

I’m excited to announce the launch of our new syllabus pages.

You can find the syllabus index page here: PianoGroove Syllabuses | Learn Jazz, Blues, Funk, & Brazilian Styles

I have also added an option to the “Lessons” drop down menu called “Syllabus Index”:

This is just a temporary location. We have a new website header design coming shortly which will list our “Syllabuses” page in the top level navigation.

So What Are The Syllabus Pages?

As our teaching team expands we now have a new layer of organisation and structure to the lessons and courses.

Some syllabuses contain lessons and courses from multiple genres (Jazz, Blues, Brazillian) and also courses by multiple teachers. For example the “Improvisation Syllabus” contains courses from 5 teachers which gives our students a wide range of insights and perspectives.

We currently have 8 syllabus pages, here they are:

As more teachers join us we will be adding and tweaking the syllabus pages.

Here’s some information and screenshots on how the syllabus pages work.

1) Syllabus Overview

This section provides a quick intro on the syllabus and bullet points the key goals:

2) Learning Path

This section shows a ‘birds eye view’ of the syllabus contents. It outlines the main milestones/checkpoints in step-by-step order so that students can see the topics and theory areas they will learn:

3a) Courses With Progress Tracking

Each syllabus then lists the courses that it contains and shows a progress bar so that we can track our progress through each course in the syllabus:

3b) Courses Dropdown Icon

If we click the chevron icon the course will expand to show the lessons it contains. We can click into each lesson individually, or use the green button to take us to the next lesson:

4) Teacher Section

This section shows the teacher, or teachers, that deliver the lessons and courses. In our Beginner Jazz Syllabus you can see it’s just myself listed there.

5) Syllabus Downloads

The downloads section lists all downloads from the syllabus in one convenient location. This includes theory documents, worksheets, practice planners, chord charts, lesson transcriptions, audio files, and midi files:

6) Related Forum Threads

The final section of each syllabus references relevant forum threads where you can find common Q&As and discussion related to the courses in the syllabus. Any forum threads that are relevant can be found here so students can click and join the discussion:

That’s everything. I hope everyone likes the design/functionality of the pages, and if anyone has any feedback or ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know :sunglasses:



This is amazing!!! The syllabus is so well laid out. I love the links to the Community topics too. I can tell that a lot of thought and hard work went into this project.

Thank you so much!!!


I’m sure gonna be a “zombie” tonight spending time on these :smiley: This is so much fun!

All these are excellent - i love the related forum threads too - each time I browse and read through the comments - I always pick up something (a lesson or exercise) that I know I should add to my “to play and to do list!” Love it!

Big Thanks again! Hayden

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Thank you for all your diligent hard work Hayden!

Great !!! fantastic job !:clap::clap::clap:

Hi Hayden

Fantastic structure that you have pulled together here. Its going to be a great help to everyone I’m sure - well done on a great job by all involved!!!


You’ve just made a wonderful course of study even more transparent, more straightforward. It’s obvious how much you care for your program and your students. The new beginner’s arrangements are a nice touch. Thanks! :musical_keyboard:


It’s great to hear such positive feedback. :grinning:

If anyone has any ideas for new syllabuses, or changes/additions to the current ones, be sure to let me know!

Hi Hayden, congratulations, these syllabus pages look fantastic, wonderful organisation of material. This will keep me very busy for a long time. You’ll have to award certificates next ! :laughing:

Cheers, Natasha

Thanks Natasha, I’m glad you like the design.

As we expand with more teachers and genres it will help to organise the lessons and courses.

And yes that’s a great idea with the award certificates :grin: I’m sure we can work that into the teaching platform. Cheers!

Hi Hayden, I have 2 questions today : I am very keen to align my progress as displayed on my dashboard against this new syllabus. What is the best way to do this ? Sometimes it feels that my learning is a bit random.
My other question is from the video How To Transcribe Your own Material. There is a lovely progression in there : Fm9 - Emaj7 #11 - Ebmaj7. I was wondering what is the theory behind this progression, it’s not Tritone subs is it ? The 9ths at the top are beautiful, as is the chromatic bass line. Or is it something that we can just choose to do spontaneously ?

Many thanks, Natasha :notes:

Hi Natasha,

If you click into each syllabus page, you will see that your progress is displayed in the “Courses” section and this will reflect what is shown on your student dashboard.

You will see that the syllabuses are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, etc… and this provides a rough order in which they could be completed moving from beginner to more advanced topics.

My recommendation would be to click into each syllabuses starting with 1, check that you have completed the courses, then move onto syllabus 2, check the courses have been completed. then syllabus 3 etc… that way it will ensure that you have not missed any important courses or lessons.

Currently syllabus progress is not shown on the student dashboard. This may be something we can add; I will think about how it could be displayed on there :thinking:

Onto your question:

Yes this is a variation of a tritone sub 251.

If we think of a 251 in Eb Major we would have F-7 / Bb7 / Ebmaj7

The tritone sub would be F-7 / E7 / Ebmaj7

and we can play that E7 chord as a major chord to create F-7 / Emaj7 / Ebmaj7

Substituting the tritone sub for a major chord creates an interesting and surprising effect. It can sound something like this:

The nice thing about that progression is that we start with an F-11 voicing and keep that Bb/A# on top which becomes the #11 of Emaj7 (I also add the 9th in my left hand to play Emaj9#11) Then resolve to any kind of Ebmaj7 chord.

Here’s the notation of what I’m playing:

Yes absolutely. In theory we could add this reharmonisation to any 251 progression. However, be aware that it takes the harmony a little ‘out there’ and it might not always be appropriate for the context.

I like to use this kind of thing as an ending, here’s an example with the last 8 bars of “Tenderly”:

When I get to the end of the tune, I play a 16251 progression and play Emaj9#11 instead of Bb7:

  • Ebmaj7 / C7#5#9 / F-11 / Emaj9#11 / Ebmaj7

I like how this creates some unexpected suspense before the final resolution.

Have fun playing around with that! :grinning:

Thank you Hayden, for your very detailed and generous responses. The Fm11 - Emaj9 #11-Ebmaj7 progression sounds quite Robert Glasper-ish which is rather exciting.

All the best, Natasha