An Integrated Approach to the
Yamaha Harmony Director

The Yamaha Harmony Director is arguably the most powerful tool instrumental music teachers can use to improve the sound, balance and tuning of their ensembles. Although there is plenty of information on “What” the Harmony Director (and other drones) can do, there is less available on the “How” and “Why”. Ensemble strives to help directors and students use the Harmony Director as an integral tool in all aspects of the wind rehearsal. Appropriate for all levels and age groups of ensembles, each exercise is accompanied with detailed lesson plans on how the director and the student interact with the technology. This includes detailed instructions on what controls to use and what specifically to play.

Ensemble includes:

  • A detailed instruction book including Harmony Director settings, information on how and when different tuning temperaments are used, lesson plans for every exercise, tips on how to go further with your use of the Harmony Director outside of the included exercises, and more!
  • A complete score of all exercises with details on settings that should be used with the Harmony Director
  • A complete set of parts for all wind instruments with special notation to describe harmonic adjustments used in different temperaments
  • A separate individual part for the Harmony Director allowing any director or student to control the device
  • A “Quick Reference Sheet” for each instrument with details on individual tuning and a key to all tuning symbols used in each exercise

If you are just opening the Harmony Director box or have been using it for years, this method book can help you unlock the incredible benefits of the Yamaha Harmony Director.

We have plans to publish several supplemental videos for each exercise post Covid-19.

Click here to see a sample from the book.

Michael Pote

Michael Pote is Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. Michael has presented clinics throughout the country including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Clinic, The Boston Brass Summer Winds Seminar, Indiana Music Educators Association Conference and Arizona Music Educators Conference. Michael is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu and is proud to be a part of the Yamaha Master Educator Program.

Kyle Young

Kyle Young is Associate Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. Kyle is an Artist Clinician for the Vandoren Company as well as a judge for both the Bands of America and Drum Corps International organizations. Kyle regularly presents clinics and serves as a conductor for honor bands across the country.

Andrew Brough

Andrew is co-director of bands at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. He has over 14 years of teaching experience ranging from beginning to high school band. Andrew has spent over four of those years at Creekside working extensively with the Yamaha Harmony Director.

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Licensed for exclusive use of the purchaser’s school. This is a single school building license.

This is an e-print license.
You may make as many copies as needed for your school building.

Contact FMP to use “ensemble” at clinics and honor bands.


If you are looking for a resource to help you and your students have a greater understanding of intonation and how to effectively integrate the Yamaha Harmony Director into your daily rehearsals, look no further. Michael Pote and his colleagues provide you with a wealth of information and rehearsal techniques that have helped them create the “Carmel Sound” we have all come to know and love. Perfect for teachers both new and experienced!

Matt Wood
Director of Bands
Rouse HS, Leander, Texas


“ensemble” an integrated approach to the Yamaha Harmony Director is a guaranteed method to ensure ensemble sound (in person or remote). This approach to sound is well suited for all levels and sizes of ensembles. You will appreciate the detailed description of each exercise for the director and student.

Especially during this time, the “Ensemble” an integrated approach to the Yamaha Harmony Director, is not only saving our band sound, it is also improving it!

Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
Director of Bands
O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, Illinois


“ensemble” has quickly become the go-to resource for my colleagues, students, and I. I appreciate how simple and clear the instructions are in each exercise. This makes it easy to begin the conversation on intonation with my beginning students while challenging the ears of my advanced musicians.

Incorporating the Yamaha Harmony Director with these exercises has never been easier. Even the director with novice keyboard skills can rehearse their ensemble using “ensemble”

Bryen Warfield
Director of Bands
Homestead High School, IN


Digital Price (PDF’s emailed) $175.00
Print Printed Price (Includes Shipping and Handling) $225.00

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