A Journey of One Thousand and One Days
The Naad Yoga Diploma programme is delivered at the student’s pace of learning. Each grade is designed to be attained in 12 weeks but students can finish it in their own time (they can take longer if required but cannot complete a grade in fewer than 12 weeks).
The first year focuses on establishing a comprehensive understanding of all the essential musical notes used in singing for Naad Yoga. Development of a student’s listening skills, vocal training and instrumental practice is integrated into the curriculum from day one.
Additional key components of the curriculum include: the basics of rhythm played on Tabla or Jori percussion instruments, correct pronunciation of verses from Gurbani and terminology for the musical notes used to compose any particular raag.
Grades completed: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
The second year focuses on the student’s progress from beginner to intermediate level. Listening skills, vocal training and instrumental practice continue to develop. New musical concepts such as meend and gamak are introduced, advancing the understanding of music and Naad Yoga to a greater depth.
In addition, the second year emphasises musicology in Naad Yoga – exploring the understanding of the emotions in a particular raag; composition in music – an opportunity to begin exercising individual creative potential; and key performance skills for sharing Naad Yoga with other people in a group setting or public performance.
Grades completed: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
The third year elevates the student’s knowledge and understanding of Naad Yoga to an expert level. There is recognition and appreciation of the intricacies of music as a means of enhancing the message of Gurbani in Naad Yoga.
Students also begin to understand the practical purpose of each studied raag, and to apply the musicology of Naad Yoga in everyday life to develop and uplift their consciousness. Students work to acquire the skills to create new musical compositions inspired from their own life experiences, as well as to gain a deep understanding of musical ornamentation and arrangement as part of performance aesthetics.
Grades completed: Grade 7, Grade 8
The end of the third year completes the student’s sacred journey of 1001 days.