The days of aimless, self-guided practice are over. Pro Series is a nine-week instrumental boot camp built to develop competitive performance skills. With the system, you play along with professional musicians. Right in your living room.
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 lesson isolates specific areas of performance. 17 instrument-specific lessons provide intense and diverse coverage as part of the nine-week system. And you don’t reach performance plateaus. That's because the guided exercises become increasingly challenging as time goes on.
This keystone lesson helps shape your 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 you to new levels, engaging you in a total tongue and air workout.
This disc challenges you 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.
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"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
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pro Series is designed for students at high school and advanced middle school levels. The skills covered in Pro Series apply to musicians of all levels, and an ability to read music is required.
While weekly lessons are an ideal solution, many students comment on the lack of reinforcement in the seven-day gap between appointments. Pro Series gives you a tremendous advantage because it builds and reinforces many of the advanced performance concepts covered in private lessons. The curriculum has been designed by instrument-specific professors whose current and former students rank among some of the best musicians in the world. Pro Series lets you play along with many of these musicians from the comfort of your own practice area.
You can take Pro Series at whatever pace you feel comfortable. The prescribed curriculum is presented with three phases spanning nine weeks. The curriculum is designed to repeat core lessons, and each subsequent phase introduces more challenging lessons.
Pro Series lessons are set up with DVD chapter markers at the start of each exercise. Each exercise is introduced and covered by the host, followed by the ensemble performance of that exercise. The "pause", "rewind", and "back" buttons can be used to revisit the instruction of a particular passage, or to repeat the ensemble performance.
Pro Series gives you the guidance you need to develop competitive performance skills on your instrument. Pro Series adds to your self-guided practice routine by imparting solid playing habits that make your self-guided efforts more efficient. By playing with the on-screen ensemble, you can practice balance, blend, and intonation—valuable playing habits that transfer to group performance. In short, Pro Series provides practice skills and opportunities that last a lifetime.
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.
To play along with the on-screen cast, it is important to have access to a full-range sound system with enough power to accurately reproduce the volume levels of a real ensemble. In addition, Pro Series requires a DVD player and TV/monitor, as well as your instrument and music stand. Quick access to volume control is needed to make adjustments to ensure accurate balance with the ensemble.
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.
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 you access to audio with a wide dynamic range and video that clearly demonstrates the nuances of superior instrumental performance.
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.
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.