As educators, what do we rarely have a chance to teach during class? A full complement of self-assessment skills to use in personal practice time. We are primarily focused on instructing, evaluating, and consequating through our rehearsal frames. We also know that this may be the only time spent by students on their instruments. Pro Series fills the gap between classroom rehearsal and self-guided practice.
Some people think the "future" is putting musical content on a computer or tablet. These devices don’t work because they have tiny speakers, small screens, and tons of distractions.
DVD players are already hooked up to the best speakers and the biggest displays at home and in the classroom. The result is audio with a wide dynamic range and video that demonstrates the nuances of superior instrumental performance.
Each Pro Series edition contains 10 instrument-specific discs that isolate fundamentals. When we spend less classroom time teaching the notes on the page, rehearsals become significantly more productive. Pro Series allows educators to optimize rehearsal time because fundamentals are covered outside the classroom.
This keystone lesson helps shape the musician’s concept of sound using embouchure-strengthening exercises designed specifically to refine tone quality.
This disc contains everything needed to get started with Pro Series, including the "Total Scales" workouts for all major and minor scales, and the "Toolkit" featuring master class featurettes from our instrument-specific professors.
"Fundamental Technique" contains a practical set of methods for conquering technique, dexterity, and range.
This lesson combines the execution of sophisticated dynamics with the control of precise phrase length—all while cycling through major scales.
By combining increasingly difficult rhythms with varying sets of articulations, this disc, combined with a ton of hard work, helps to develop proficiency in both rhythm and style.
Packed with nine increasingly challenging lessons from "The Road Map" to "Transposition/Clef Studies", this disc contains new content for each week of the Pro Series curriculum.
This lesson contains advanced rhythmic exercises inside of major scales, including syncopation with complex rests, hemiola, 5/8, 7/8, and mid-exercise meter changes.
"Advanced Articulation" pushes the musician to new levels, engaging them in a total tongue and air workout.
This disc challenges the performer with a variety of instrument-specific exercises that focus on ensemble balance, blend, intonation, and sonority.
This lesson raises the ante for all students, teaching a greater refinement of rapidly changing styles through increasingly challenging rhythms.
Every Pro Series instrumental edition comes with three expanded collections of engaging content.
We took extraordinary care in testing and validating Pro Series. We collected over 300 direct student responses. The data below represents individuals from a wide variety of schools and performance abilities.
Overall, the lesson...
The instructional material contained in this lesson was...
If I were to attempt this lesson again, my ability to perform the exercises would...
If I had a chance to do another DVD on a different aspect of my instrument, for instance Advanced Articulation or Rhythm & Scales, I would be...
"If you have a private lesson, it’s a great thing, but it’s, say, 30 minutes out of an entire week. To be able to pop one of these things into a machine and review lessons, that’s a big deal."
Band Director (Retired), Milwee M.S.,
Rock Lake M.S., Highands School
"Playing with other oboe players and making an ensemble of oboes—it brings a sound that I never can really get or hear in band, because I’m the only oboe player."
"When you put it in this kind of format, you see nothing but a student wanting to practice more. This is what we all want, and that’s what Pro Series does."
Director of Bands
University of Texas at San Antonio
"Once it started going, it felt comfortable, and then I heard the other people and it got the pitches in my head. It actually made me become a better sight reader."
"One of the things I really like about Pro Series is that I’m not playing alone. It’s with an ensemble on screen. It’s not just ‘here you go, you’re on your own, you figure it out’. I like the fact that there were other people there with me!"
"You might not have tremendous instrumentation, but you might have one really great baritone. This is the kind of resource you can have on your shelf and say ‘We’re only going to play grade threes forever, but you’re a grade five student. Let’s take this for you, and you can run with this, and get even more advanced rather than just sitting in class, playing the same grade three stuff that we are’."
Asst. Professor of Music Education
The Ohio State University
"Students will progress greatly using this technology because it’s so well-focused on all of the different elements. I feel that the kind of focus that this technology provides makes it easier for them to apprehend what’s being taught. The Pro Series Director's Edition should be on the shelf of every serious band director."
Conductor, Composer, Arranger
"Doing Pro Series instead of just classroom activities is different because it’s directly to you, so you can focus on what you need to work on. And you can hear yourself along with the disc."
"I would definitely recommend this to a person who is passionate about music, who might consider doing it as a career in the future, or somebody who just loves to play an instrument."
"The great thing about Pro Series is that, for each instrument, you have 10 DVDs, and each one focuses on a specific concept. Once you finish the first concept and you go to the next DVD, it takes part of that first concept and integrates it, and builds and builds all the way though the series."
Assistant Director of Bands
University of Central Florida
"I think if it makes kids better, it’s worth using. I see Pro Series as being a very positive thing for the directors to use. Anything that will benefit the kids will benefit the band. And that’s what we’re in this for: to make better kids, better players, and better musicians."
Director of Bands
Lake Mary High School
"If you just play by yourself all the time, you’re just sitting there like ‘well, I guess I’m in tune’. But if you’re playing with other people, you learn to shape your sound with other peoples’ to make it sound great as a whole. And that’s really important, and that’s what was in there. And it really helped."
"When you're around other people and you mess up, you feel like someone's going to say something or make fun of you. In [Pro Series], you don't—it's okay—and you just fix it from there."
"What I liked about my students testing Pro Series is that it wasn’t too difficult and it wasn’t too easy, and it was just really engaging for them to open their eyes and continue to grow."
Director of Bands
Oak Ridge High School
The Pro Series Director's Edition includes the complete set of Pro Series instrumental editions. Starring a cast of over 120 professional musicians, Pro Series provides the most comprehensive musical instruction ever produced in a contemporary video setting. The system is designed for high school and advanced middle school student performers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pro Series is designed for instrumentalists at varying levels including high school and advanced middle school students, undergraduate and graduate college students, and professional musicians. Those using Pro Series must be able to read music and possess an intermediate knowledge of performance on their given instrument. Sample pages from the Pro Series Companion Books can be previewed here.
The standard Pro Series curriculum spans nine weeks, though students, directors, and private instructors can adjust the pace at any point. New lessons are constantly introduced throughout the curriculum, and core lessons are revisited at strategic points as the system progresses. The full schedule is included inside both the Companion Book and the protective DVD wallet included with each instrument. A breakdown of the Pro Series curriculum can be found here.
The Pro Series curriculum includes nine sight reading lessons. This means new material is constantly introduced each week. The included sight reading lessons are as follows: (1) The Road Map, (2) Subdivision, (3) Note Heads & Stems, (4) Groupings & Patterns, (5) Presentation of Style, (6) Phrase Interpretation, (7) Transposition/Clef Studies, (8) Musicianship, and (9) Comprehensive Reading.
Pro Series requires a DVD player, TV/monitor, instrument, music stand, full-range sound system, and quick access to volume control. For ensemble sectionals, we recommend using a larger TV or projection system and a powerful sound system to ensure adequate balance.
Important note: When playing with the on-screen cast, standard or integrated speakers may not accurately reproduce the lower frequencies produced by the trombone, euphonium, or tuba. Use of a powerful, external sound system is recommended.
Each instrumental edition includes the 10 Pro Series DVDs for that instrument inside a protective wallet, the full-length Companion Book, and access to the online community.
The Pro Series Director's Edition includes all of the instrumental editions, meaning the system comes with 100 DVDs and 10 Companion Books featuring over 2,000 guided exercises.
Pro Series is an ensemble system that allows you to play along with professional musicians. This means accurately reproducing the sound quality and volume intensity of a full ensemble—something integrated speakers on laptops and tablets simply cannot do. In addition, these devices have small screens and are filled with distractions.
Our team of educators chose DVD technology because they’re already hooked up to the best speakers and the biggest displays. This gives students access to audio with a wide dynamic range and video that clearly demonstrates the nuances of superior instrumental performance.
We are currently running our Spring Sale. Check the Official Store for details! Further discounts are available at the time of purchase for additional instrumental sets and Companion Books.
Volume pricing is available for music supervisors, private instructors, techniques professors, and other educators who are purchasing multiple sets. Please contact us today for a simple quote.
For up to three years, the Disc Replacement Plan protects your purchase. If one of your Pro Series discs becomes damaged, simply return the damaged disc and we will ship you a replacement for free. This plan includes a maximum of 10 disc replacements for individual sets and 30 replacements for Pro Series Director's Edition sets in the three-year period.
It's very easy to enroll. In fact, you don't really have to do anything. When you purchase Pro Series and choose to add the Disc Replacement Plan, your coverage is integrated with your order history and secured in our system for future use.
You have 30 calendar days to return any Pro Series item from the date you received it. Only items purchased directly from the Pro Series team can be returned to us. Since DVDs can be copied, instrumental editions of Pro Series, the Pro Series Director's Edition, and all other products containing DVDs must be returned unopened. If the product is defective, it can be returned within 30 calendar days with the original packaging. Shipping charges are non-refundable.
Each instrumental edition includes the 10 Pro Series DVDs for that instrument inside a protective wallet, the full-length Companion Book, and access to the online community. The complete Director's Edition comes with 100 DVDs and 10 Companion Books featuring over 2,000 guided exercises. Included instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium (Bass Clef included; Treble Clef available separately), and Tuba.
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