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You're about to love practice.

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.

Making up for lost time.

Practice time can often consist of starting at the top-left of a page and ending up at the bottom-right. Sometimes we don’t even know what to practice, or if we’re making any progress. This is when we need expert musical guidance the most. Unfortunately, we’ve never had access to it. Until now.

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A smarter way to practice.

Pro Series provides guided practice opportunities that shatter your existing concepts of sound and dexterity. The system shows you how and when to add new Pro Series lessons to your routine to maximize performance results.

Unleash your full potential.

With each advanced lesson, you can develop your personal practice skills on-demand while rehearsing with others. That's because in each lesson, you play along with a cast of professional instrumentalists.

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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 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.

Professional performance skills. Zero confusion.

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 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 to develop proficiency in both rhythm and style.

Pro Series Disc 7: Advanced 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 you to new levels, engaging you 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 you 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.

The nine-week challenge.

Pro Series uses a multi-phased curriculum that targets all areas of instrumental performance. This means Pro Series maximizes the time you get out of each practice session. The lessons constantly switch up and new lessons are added to ramp up the challenge. By the time you hit the third phase, you’re doing a different lesson each day. The results are unbelievable.

Want to take a different pace? Pro Series is available to you anywhere there’s a display and a DVD player. That’s the benefit of having a complete system that works on your schedule.

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, Scale Selection Screen

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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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 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.

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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...

Practice makes power.

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.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    At what performance level do I have to be to use Pro Series?

    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.


    I already take lessons. Do I need Pro Series?

    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.


    How long does Pro Series take to complete?

    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.


    How do I navigate through a Pro Series lesson?

    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.


    Why should I use Pro Series? How does this differ from regular practice?

    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.


    Which sight reading topics are covered as part of the Pro Series curriculum?

    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.


    What type of equipment do I need?

    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.


    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.


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

    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.


    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.