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Making practice easy to learn and easy to love.

With years of first-hand parenting experience of young musicians, we knew we had to reach out and grab the kids of today. If you don't show them the reward, show them the progress, show them their potential, you've wasted your time.

 

Kids are smart and sensitive. (Yours too, we promise.) They know what appeals to them. They know what inspires them, what they would like to be. What they may not know is how to get there. They may even think they don't have what it takes to endure the journey.

The way things were.

Students say one thing about personal practice more than anything else: “We never know if we are making any progress.” When we talked with students before we developed Pro Series, they felt aimless. They just started at the top of the page and somehow got to the bottom. That’s not practicing; that’s playing.

Weekly Time Spent Practicing

"I spend about ____ minutes/hours a week practicing."

Source: APG 2014 Student Practice Survey

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When practice comes to life.

With Pro Series, unguided drudgery is over. Students feel like they've maximized the time they have available to practice. Every moment they spend with Pro Series is a moment dedicated to their personal achievement. That's because each lesson is created to be highly functional to their musical growth. Pro Series makes your student feel amazed that they actually had worthwhile alone time on their instrument. And it's because they feel like they aren't alone.

The best sound comes from the best model.

The on-screen ensemble gives your student an excellent model to play with. This also removes all external pressure. The only pressure they feel is their own. And we prefer to call that self-motivation. Soon, confidence builds. Skill-sets amplify. Success results. As parents, we can’t ask for much more.

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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.

It turns out the best technology for music instruction was right under our noses. Or under our TVs.

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.

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Model sound.

With Pro Series, you have complete access to aural and visual models for each instrument. Pro Series features professors, student performers, and orchestra members.

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Interactive ensemble.

You don't just watch a Pro Series lesson. You play along with the cast of musicians. Develop balance, blend, and intonation, all in the comfort of your own practice area.

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Great guidance.

Each core lesson features a host-conductor who guides and paces each lesson. Instruction is built on the expert feedback provided by the on-set instrumental educators.

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Designed by educators.

No bureaucrats, no politics, no committees. Pro Series is designed and produced by lifelong classroom band educators and instrument-specific professors.

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Each of the 10 included discs focuses on a different aspect of performance. That’s because the system isolates specific fundamentals. This provides clear and focused guidance while students make musical progress. All in the security and anonymity of their own practice area.

Extreme focus. Tremendous variety.

Pro Series Disc 1: Watch This First (with Total Scales & Toolkit)

Watch This First

with Total Scales & Toolkit

Pro Series Disc 2: Core Sound

Core Sound

This keystone lesson helps shape your student 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.

Pro Series Disc 4: Rhythm & Articulation

Rhythm & Articulation

Pro Series Disc 3: Fundamental Technique

Fundamental Technique

"Fundamental Technique" contains a practical set of methods for conquering technique, dexterity, and range.

Pro Series Disc 5: Dynamics, Scales & Phrasing

Dynamics, Scales & Phrasing

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 your student to develop proficiency in both rhythm and style.

Pro Series Disc 7: Advanced Articulation

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Articulation

Pro Series Disc 6: Sight Reading & Advanced Sight Reading

Sight Reading &
Advanced Sight Reading

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.

Pro Series Disc 8: Rhythm & Scales Plus

Rhythm & Scales Plus

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 your student musician to new levels, engaging them in a total tongue and air workout.

Pro Series Disc 10: Rhythm & Articulation Plus
Pro Series Disc 9: Ensemble Musicianship

Ensemble Musicianship

This disc challenges your student performer with a variety of instrument-specific exercises that focus on ensemble balance, blend, intonation, and sonority.

Rhythm & Articulation Plus

This lesson raises the ante for all students, teaching a greater refinement of rapidly changing styles through increasingly challenging rhythms.

Getting the most out of practice.

Students follow a structured curriculum spanning nine weeks. Pro Series is divided into three, sequential phases. Each phase becomes increasingly challenging as time goes on. The system covers a wide range of topics designed for high school and advanced middle school performers.

It's all in the book.

Music isn't crammed onto the screen. Each Pro Series edition comes with its own full-length Companion Book. It features the same part played by the principal member of the on-screen cast. Now students of all levels can finally get to play the melody. And it easily rests on a music stand because it's bound with a heavy-duty coil and printed on substantial paper.

Pro Series Companion Books

Even our special features have special features.

Every Pro Series instrumental edition comes with three expanded collections of engaging content.

Pro Series Total Scales, C Major Selection Segment

Total Scales

Total Scales is a scale workout. It includes five scale-busting exercises for each major and natural minor scale. Build facility throughout each key and become comfortable in even the most unfamiliar scales. The perfect way to prep for an audition.

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Toolkit

Each Toolkit includes miniature master classes from expert educators and instrument-specific professors. With a wide range of performance tips, tricks, and maintenance videos, the Toolkit serves as the ultimate go-to source for each instrument.

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Sight Reading

Instead of including one sight reading lesson, each Pro Series instrumental edition includes nine. That's a new lesson every week. From subdivision to transposition, these lessons are the ultimate way to build sight reading skills across all levels.

We're moved by stories of how Pro Series has changed the way people learn, practice, and perform. The response has been incredible.

Student Response Data

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...

It's never been easier to get our kids excited about practicing music.

With each instrumental edition, your student gets the 10 Pro Series DVDs for that instrument inside a protective wallet, the full-length Companion Book, and access to the online community.

Pro Series is available for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium (bass clef and treble clef available), and tuba.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    My student already practices (or takes lessons). Why would they need Pro Series?

    Regular (or "self-guided") practice consists of a student guiding themselves through any number of musical passages. Sometimes students are lucky to have access to weekly private lessons from a qualified instrumental instructor. While this is an ideal situation, students are left with a seven-day gap between their weekly lessons. This often leaves students with little to no reinforcement of the concepts covered by their private teacher. Pro Series constantly builds and reinforces fundamentals, contributing to enormous gains in achievement when combined with private lessons. In addition, Pro Series provides students with the unique opportunity of playing along with an on-screen ensemble. This gives  your student the unique advantage of practicing and performing with a group instead of playing music alone. Now students can practice balance, blend, and intonation from the comfort of your living room.

     

    How does Pro Series give my student an advantage?

    Many students want to gain a competitive edge on their instrument for solos, ensembles, and auditions. They want a challenge, especially when it’s clearly-defined and structured. Pro Series provides practice opportunities that allow students to develop self-assessment from the comfort of your home. Many students gain tremendous confidence through Pro Series, feeling secure in the privacy and anonymity of their own practice area.

     

    At what performance level does my student have to be to use Pro Series?

    The lessons in Pro Series target students at high school and advanced middle school levels. An ability to read music is required.

     

    What's included in each Pro Series Instrumental Edition?

    Each Pro Series set includes the 10 instrument-specific Pro Series DVDs, the protective DVD wallet, the instrument’s full-length Companion Book, and access to the online Community.

     

    How long does Pro Series take to complete?

    The standard Pro Series curriculum is presented in a nine-week format. Lessons are split into three-week phases that becoming increasingly challenging as time goes on. New lessons are constantly introduced to provide variety, and each unit provides focus on specific instrumental performance skills.

     

    How does my student use a Pro Series lesson?

    Since Pro Series works in any DVD player, your student can simply put in a lesson disc and go. Each lesson is set up with a number of DVD chapter markers which allow the student to hit the "back" button to woodshed a challenging passage. Each exercise is introduced and taught by the host before the on-screen ensemble performs that exercise. Because Pro Series works on their time, students can use the"pause", "rewind", and "back" buttons to revisit the instruction of a particular passage, or to repeat the ensemble performance. Over time, skills are enhanced and confidence develops.

     

    What type of equipment does my student need?

    So your student can play along with the on-screen cast, it is important to have a powerful sound system with enough dynamic range to accurately reproduce the volume levels of a real ensemble. For low brass instruments, we strongly recommend utilizing a subwoofer as part of your audio solution. In addition, Pro Series requires a DVD player and TV/monitor, as well as your student’s instrument and music stand. Quick access to volume control is needed to make adjustments to ensure accurate balance with the ensemble.

     

    Why is Pro Series only available on DVD? Why can’t we download or stream it to our laptop or tablet?

    Pro Series is an ensemble system that allows your student 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.

     

    What is the Disc Replacement Plan?

    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 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.

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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. Available instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium (Bass Clef or Treble Clef versions available), and Tuba.

For more information, visit Pro Series Support.