7 Time Management Tips

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

7 Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

1. Get a Plan! Make some kind of schedule or time plan and DO IT! I have found that having a plan and following it (even if it’s a so-so plan) results in great success. Don’t wait until you have the “perfect plan” to start.

2. Goal! Relate your plan to a goal or two, not just putting out fires. One or two things actually accomplished is better than ten things not done.

3. Hey, How’s It Going? Handle texts, email, Facebook messages, regular mail, etc. only once. Read it now or later (not both!). However, ALL messages should be answered within 24 hours.

4. Thanks So Much, but I Have To Go…. Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of pesky unexpected visitors when they call or drop by your office or practice room to just “chat.”

5. Help! Recruit help. You do not have to do every chore yourself. You could give the pesky unexpected visitor a job to do for you!

6. STOP! Television and the internet are your enemies, at least as far as time is concerned. Now, a new enemy is here: the Smartphone. FYI, you don’t have to check Twitter every few minutes to see who your baseball team may hire as the next manager.

7. Just Do It! The more you are disciplined, the more disciplined you will become. Work hard to develop better time habits.

BONUS: Mom is Right! Exercise/Eat Right/Sleep 7-8 hours every night. “Every hour of sleep before midnight counts as two” is a good old rule to follow.

ClarinetMike says, “Calm down, read through these tips again, put your phone away, and then plan the rest of your day and week.”

The above is a modified version of information from my published article, “Basic Time Management” © by The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors NACWPI Journal, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, spring 1998. Thanks to NACWPI for kind permission.

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Southern California Tour 2022!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

On Tour! Next week I’ll be giving performing, teaching, presenting, and more on a short solo tour of Southern California! Below is venue and program information.

Southern California Tour 2022
Michael Dean, clarinet

Tour Itinerary
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Valencia, California
Monday, September 19
Recital and Presentation, 2 pm pt (online)

Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
Culver City High School
Culver, City, California
Thursday, September 22
Recital, 1:30 pm
Master Class, 2:30 pm
Coaching, 3:45 pm

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, California
Friday, September 23
Recording Session, 2 pm

NACWPI/College Music Society 2022 National Conference
Long Beach, California
Saturday, September 24
Presentation, 9 am

Recital Program (from the following)
Summer Sunrise on the Mississippi (2009) by Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957)
(clarinet & media)

Transposing A Feeling: For Bailey Sikorski (2020) by Austin Ali (b. 1997)
(solo clarinet)                                                                        

Burn: re-mixed (2020) by Peter Meechan (b. 1980)
(clarinet & media)

Intermission

Song of Solitude (2021) by Mark Carlson (b. 1952)
(solo clarinet)

Andy and Me (2006) by Robert Fruehwald
(clarinet & media)

Program Notes: Click here and here

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise and acclaim such as, “world-class clarinetist and pedagogue,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” “brilliant performer,” and “one of the best clinicians I have ever seen.”

Dr. Michael Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman, and Royal Northern College of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, California, Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He is planning a solo recital and master class tour of Israel for spring 2023. He is on the faculty of the summer Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence.

Michael Dean performed with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and has also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Abilene Opera, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble, and Duo 35 with saxophonist Todd Oxford. As a clarinet performing and recording artist, he has commissioned, premiered, edited, and recorded numerous new and lesser-known clarinet works. He is featured on 6 commercial CDs, including the upcoming Postcards from Silver Lake CD. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube and Facebook.

He has given more than 800 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, colleges, conservatories, festivals, conferences, and high schools. His ClarinetMike Blog and ClarinetMike QuickTips are widely read on the internet and social media and viewed in more than 150 countries on 6 continents. His articles also appear in professional journals such as Southwestern MusicianWINDPLAYERThe Bandmasters’ Review, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

A committed teacher and noted pedagogue, Dr. Dean’s students enjoy successful careers as professional performers, educators, and administrators. They consistently win awards and distinctions at competitions and festivals including solo & ensemble, all-region, all-state, and various concerto and other competitions. After a successful 25 years of teaching the clarinet and music at the college level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, and consultant based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Arlington. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is clarinetmike.com. Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas.

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Michael Dean’s CD’s, including his upcoming Postcards from Silver Lake, are available for online download and purchase at iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Napster, CDBaby, vcisinc.com, and other vendors.

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ClarinetMike says, “Hey! Special thanks to Rachel Rudich, Tony Spano, Danielle Woolery, NACWPI, Austin Ali, Robert Fruehwald, Peter Meechan, and Mark Carlson for their help on this tour and for being super cool!”

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10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

  1. Go Slow. Load correct information only! Go slow and learn the rhythm and notes correctly the first time and every time. Go Slow!
  2. MORE Go Slow. Generally, begin work on an etude by counting in eighth notes, i.e. twice as slow or three times as slow if in 3/8 or 6/8. This means one eighth note gets one beat, one quarter note gets two counts, dotted quarter note gets three counts, etc.
  3. DYNAMICS! DYNAMICS!! DYNAMICS!!! every step of the way! Learn dynamics as you learn the rhythm and notes. Adding dynamics later does NOT work very well. “If you learn it at mezzo nothing, you’ll perform it at mezzo nothing!”
  4. Learn Ornaments From the Start. Do not put off the ornaments until later! In preparing the etude, YOU MUST learn it the right way slowly from the beginning. DO NOT skip grace notes, trills, turns, etc. and think you will add those at a later time. BAD IDEA! Your “muscle memory” will be messed up and you’ll be relearning those spots forever.
  5. Performance Tone. Learn etude with a “performance tone,” not a “practice tone.” In fact, never use a “practice tone.” [This idea comes from the Note Grouping video below.] A bad tone always sounds…BAD!
  6. Tonguing. Work on tonguing every day.
  7. Sight-Reading. Do some sight-reading (and work on other music) every day to keep your playing fresh.
  8. Metronome. The metronome is a valuable tool and should be used a lot. Do not use it 100% of the time when you practice an all-state etude, solo, etc. Do not get “Metronome Addiction.” This is where a person can play an etude or solo well only with a metronome. Common Sense is also a valuable tool!
  9. Practice Routine. Work on basics and scales every day as you work on the all-state etudes, solos, etc. Use an organized Practice Routine.
  10. Note Grouping. The Note Grouping concept works great for fast passages. It is described in a Note Grouping video featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Nathan Cole here.

ClarinetMike says, “Use these tips!”

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ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” giving a summer clarinet clinic.

ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide!
Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
Clarinet Performing, Teaching and Consulting
Hurst, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas USA
clarinetmiketexas@yahoo.com * 682-888-7639
clarinetmike.wordpress.com

Step 1: Preliminary Concerns

  1. Get quality equipment. FYI, my Bb soprano clarinet set up: Buffet R13 clarinet [1974], Vandoren M13 Lyre mouthpiece, Vandoren V12 3.5 or D’Addario Reserve Classic 3.5 reeds, BG Super Revelation ligature, metronome/tuner, GEM swab, ReedGeek, etc.
  2. Find a good private teacher who teaches solid basics and expressive musical style. Stay away from Rote-Only Teachers and YouTube Videos. [Don’t just copy a recording. Learn to count! Rote-only playing will NOT get you past a good university audition.]

Step 2: Core Concepts

  1. It’s All About the Music. So, work on ARTC Basics & ARTSY Musical Style to give you the tools to perform. Focus on Phrasing, especially Romantic Era Style.
  2. Genuine Excellence = Talent × Practice Time × Practice Quality.
  3. Loading & Unloading. Slow Careful Practice = Speedy, Confident Performing. The Tortoise and the Hare – Be a Turtle! See Frank R. Wilson
  4. Focus on What You Control: Preparation & Effort. What is Success? See John Wooden, etc.
  5. Power of Habit. Work on Basics (ARTC) & Scales along with the All-State Music in a Good Practice Routine. Yes, say it with me, “Practice in a Good Practice Routine!”

Step 3: General Preparation Tips

  1. Practice and perform only on good reeds.
  2. Clap and sing the music.
  3. Use a metronome and tuner.
  4. Record yourself – check out phone apps!
  5. BOLD Dynamics.
  6. Sound Projection
  7. Plan and mark breathing carefully.
  8. Understand all terms, notation, ornaments, etc. that are on the etudes.
  9. Create a cheat sheet. Write each etude’s scales and arpeggios at top of music.
  10. Check out ClarinetMike Blog and QuickTips for additional practice tips.

Step 4: Etude Preparation Template

  1. Composer and Style
  2. Overview
  3. Tempo and Key
  4. Sections and Phrases
  5. Special Issues (repeated figure, etc.)
  6. Musical Issues
  7. Technical Issues (articulation, rhythms, fingerings, etc.)
  8. Problem Passages
  9. Scale and Arpeggio Cheat Sheet
  10. Breath Marks
  11. Other
  12. Suggested Listening

ClarinetMike says, “Hey! Book me for a clarinet clinic in person or virtual!”

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ClarinetMike to Perform and Teach in Italy!

ClarinetMike performing a premiere at Chiesa di Santa Margherita at the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.

Hey! I’m in Munich Germany! Saturday, I take the train through the stunning Alps to again return to Vipiteno, Italy where I’ll be Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence performing and teaching at Orfeo Music Festival 2022! This year I’ll be performing four works including two European Premieres. Below is program information plus program notes on the premieres. Also below is a link to complete program information for the Orfeo Music Festival PLUS something extra!

PROGRAM

Song of Solitude (2021) for solo clarinet by Mark Carlson (b. 1952)
(European Premiere)
Michael Dean, clarinet
Friday, July 8, 2022, 8:30 pm
Vigil Raber Saal, Vipiteno, Italy

Burn: re-mixed (2020) for clarinet & media by Peter Meechan (b. 1980)
(European Premiere)
Michael Dean, clarinet
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 8:30 pm
Chiesa di Santa Margherita, Vipiteno, Italy

Trio, Op. 87: Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)/Donald Bierschenk, arranger
Orfeo Clarinet Ensemble
Sean Reed, clarinet
Kayla Cockerline, clarinet
Michael Dean, clarinet
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 8:30 pm
Chiesa di Santa Margherita, Vipiteno, Italy

Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498 “Kegelstatt” by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Michael Dean, clarinet
Ilan Schneider, viola
Dena Kay Jones, piano
Friday, July 15, 2022, 8:30 pm
Vigil Raber Saal, Vipiteno, Italy

NOTES

Song of Solitude (2021) for solo clarinet (European Premiere) by Mark Carlson (b. 1952)

Mark Carlson said, “The original image that floated into my head as I began work on this piece was that of a shepherd, seated on a hill with a flock below, improvising a song—both to fill as distraction from loneliness and for the pleasure of making music. The piece, which I wrote at Michael Dean’s request for his Fall 2021 tour of Texas and Oklahoma, is freely based on song form (AABA).”

Composer Mark Carlson‘s lyrical, emotionally powerful, and stylistically unique music has earned him the admiration of audiences and musicians throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. A versatile composer, his approximately 100 works include art songs, chamber music, choral music, concertos and other large ensemble works, and songs for musical theater. He is currently working on an opera on The Scarlet Letter with librettist Bruce Olstad. The recipient of more than 50 commissions, he has been commissioned by the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and the New West Symphony, among other organizations, as well as by many individual musicians and private parties. One of his thirteen CDs, The Hall of Mirrors, was a winner of the Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Awards for 2001. He taught music theory and composition at UCLA for 28 years until his retirement in 2018 and also taught at Santa Monica College for 15 years. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles chamber music ensemble Pacific Serenades, and he recently retired as a flutist, after a lifetime of performing primarily chamber music, much of which was written for him.  Born in Ft. Lewis, WA, Carlson grew up in California, attended the University of Redlands, graduated from CSU Fresno, and received MA and PhD degrees in composition from UCLA. His professional website is markcarlsonmusic.com.

Burn: re-mixed (2020) for clarinet & media (European Premiere) by Peter Meechan (b. 1980)

Burn was originally composed for solo clarinet and wind orchestra/band in 2012 for British clarinetist Linda Merrick. Burn was premiered by her in March of 2012 accompanied by the Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) conducted by Tony Houghton. This version, Burn: re-mixed, for clarinet and media was commissioned by Michael Dean and premiered by him at the University of Michigan and other venues on his tour of Michigan and Ohio in February of 2020.

Peter Meechan said, “The initial unaccompanied passage that opens the work was written during 2011’s “Arab Spring”, which dominated news reports of the time. The haunting soundtrack to these newscasts (which were a strange cocktail of devastating, uplifting, angry, mournful, rallying and peaceful) was the calls to prayer. There was no attempt whilst writing Burn (a title inspired by region’s climate) to directly imitate these calls to prayer, but certainly they had an impact on the opening passage of the work, and therefore the whole piece.”

The music of Canadian-based British composer Peter Meechan is performed throughout the world. His music has been commissioned, recorded, broadcast and performed by some of the world’s leading wind orchestras, brass bands, conductors and soloists, including: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Bramwell Tovey, Black Dyke Brass Band, Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra, The Band of the Coldstream Guards, RNCM Wind Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, Ryan Anthony, Jens Lindemann, Steven Mead, Les Neish, Linda Merrick, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Rex Richardson, Jacques Mauger, and many more.

Meechan’s music is featured on over 100 commercial recordings and has been featured at festivals and clinics globally, including the Midwest Clinic, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, BASBWE conferences, and in 2014 his work “The Legend of King Arthur” was used as the set test piece at the British National Brass Band Championships, held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Peter was the first ever “Young Composer in Association” with the prestigious Black Dyke Brass band, where he went on to serve as their “Composer in Residence”, a position he also held between 2012 – 2015 with The Band of the Coldstream Guards. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, a Master of Arts degree and a PhD (composition), both from the University of Salford. Peter Meechan’s music is principally published by his own publishing house, Meechan Music.

Complete Program Information for Orfeo Music Festival 2022: CLICK HERE.

ClarinetMike says, “PLUS! My terrific student, Sean Reed, will be giving the World Premiere of a beautiful new work for clarinet and piano, Le Voir, by composer Benjamin J. Brooks. The premiere will take place on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 pm in Vigil Raber Saal in Vipiteno, Italy!

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Top 10 Things To Do This Summer!

ClarinetMike in Vipiteno, Italy, home of the Orfeo Music Festival! Going back in July!!

Top 10 Things To Do This Summer!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

  1. Lessons. Take private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to working on music.
  2. Practice. Work hard to improve using a good practice routine.
  3. Basics. Work on fundamentals plus Scales, Etudes, Sight Reading, and Transposition. Hey Students! How about working on what your teacher emphasized last semester – posture, embouchure, tonguing, etc.?
  4. Camp. Attend a band camp, music festival, workshop etc., especially one that you can participate in.
  5. Study. Study a work or composer you don’t know.
  6. Clean. Organize your office and/or practice space! Those stacks of music (and pizza boxes!) need to be dealt with. AND clean your case!
  7. CALL! Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Call them and see how they are doing. In fact, STOP reading this and call them right now – yes, right now!
  8. Movies. Watch old movies (check out Turner Classic Movies) and listen to the music. Learn about the composers. Some of them have written solo music for your instrument!
  9. Jazz. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you. If you don’t know anything about Jazz, Now’s The Time to learn.
  10. Live. Get outside in the sunshine. Attend a church or similar meeting, get some exercise, read a good book, learn a foreign language, explore a side hustle, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.

ClarinetMike says, “Have a Great Summer!”

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ClarinetMike at Texas College! Program Notes for his Recital on Wednesday, April 6!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

Hey! I’ll be giving a recital and master class at Texas College in Tyler, Texas on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Below are the program and program notes.

Texas College, Tyler, Texas
Michael Dean, clarinet
4 p.m. Recital
5 p.m. Master Class

Program

Summer Sunrise on the Mississippi (clarinet & media) (2009) by Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957)

Burn: re-mixed (clarinet & media) (2020) by Peter Meechan (b. 1980)

Song of Solitude (solo clarinet) (2021) by Mark Carlson (b. 1952)

Andy and Me (clarinet & media) (2006) by Robert Fruehwald

Program Notes

Summer Sunrise on the Mississippi (clarinet & media) (2009) by Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957)

There is an eloquence of silence…
There is a haunting sense of loneliness…
The tranquility is profound, infinitely satisfying.
That is all beautiful, soft and rich and beautiful,
A pink flush, a powder of gold, a purple haze.

from Life on the Mississippi (1883) by Mark Twain

Summer Sunrise on the Mississippi for clarinet and media was commissioned by Michael Dean. He premiered it at Florida State University and other venues on his 2009 tour of Florida. Michael Dean performs Summer Sunrise on the CD, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol. 1.

Robert Fruehwald said, “I teach music composition and theory at Southeast Missouri State University. Every day, when walking home, I would see a glint of blue through the trees on the horizon. For many months, I thought I was seeing the sky. Then, one day, I saw a stern-wheel steamboat squarely in the middle of that patch of blue – what I had been seeing was the Mississippi River. Every day after that, I would watch the river and observe its moods. It’s been my daily companion ever since. Recently, our music department at Southeast Missouri moved from the main university campus to a new one on the banks of the Mississippi. Now I observe the river up close. I see different things every day. I decided to write a piece about the river, a piece that expresses its mood on a warm day, early in the morning, just as my own day would begin. I looked to Mark Twain for some lyrics and found a suitable passage in his Life on the Mississippi (published the year before The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn).  I thought Twain’s words would make a great basis for a song, and I think that someday they will; however, instead of a vocal work they inspired me to write this instrumental solo. When I recorded the river sounds on the media accompaniment, I put the microphone right down on the Mississippi River (at Cape Girardeau, Missouri). I also recorded some other nearby sounds: birds, cicadas, a passing train, etc.”

Composer and teacher, Robert Fruehwald grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he played flute in the Louisville Youth Orchestra. He attended the University of Louisville receiving a Bachelor of Music in Composition (with honors). While in Louisville, he studied composition with Nelson Keyes, Claude Baker, and Dan Welcher, and flute with Francis Fuge. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts studying with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick, and Leonard Rosenman. He returned to the Midwest to work on a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied under Robert Wykes and finished his doctorate in 1985. Before accepting a teaching position in the late 1980s, Dr. Fruehwald developed a series of programs to print musical examples for scholarly journals and books. In 1989 he took a teaching position at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Fruehwald has taught numerous subjects at Southeast Missouri including applied composition, music theory, applied flute, electronic-computer music, and the history of modernism. He served as chair of the department of music from 1995-2000.

Burn: re-mixed (clarinet & media) (2020) by Peter Meechan (b. 1980)

Burn was originally composed for solo clarinet and wind orchestra/band in 2012 for British clarinetist Linda Merrick. Burn was premiered by her in March of 2012 accompanied by the Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) conducted by Tony Houghton. This version, Burn: re-mixed, for clarinet and media was commissioned by Michael Dean and premiered by him at the University of Michigan and other venues on his tour of Michigan and Ohio in February of 2020.

Peter Meechan said, “The initial unaccompanied passage that opens the work was written during 2011’s “Arab Spring”, which dominated news reports of the time. The haunting soundtrack to these newscasts (which were a strange cocktail of devastating, uplifting, angry, mournful, rallying and peaceful) was the calls to prayer. There was no attempt whilst writing Burn (a title inspired by region’s climate) to directly imitate these calls to prayer, but certainly they had an impact on the opening passage of the work, and therefore the whole piece.”

The music of Canadian-based British composer Peter Meechan is performed throughout the world. His music has been commissioned, recorded, broadcast and performed by some of the world’s leading wind orchestras, brass bands, conductors and soloists, including: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Bramwell Tovey, Black Dyke Brass Band, Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra, The Band of the Coldstream Guards, RNCM Wind Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, Ryan Anthony, Jens Lindemann, Steven Mead, Les Neish, Linda Merrick, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Rex Richardson, Jacques Mauger, and many more.

Meechan’s music is featured on over 100 commercial recordings and has been featured at festivals and clinics globally, including the Midwest Clinic, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, BASBWE conferences, and in 2014 his work “The Legend of King Arthur” was used as the set test piece at the British National Brass Band Championships, held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Peter was the first ever “Young Composer in Association” with the prestigious Black Dyke Brass band, where he went on to serve as their “Composer in Residence”, a position he also held between 2012 – 2015 with The Band of the Coldstream Guards. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, a Master of Arts degree and a PhD (composition), both from the University of Salford. Peter Meechan’s music is principally published by his own publishing house, Meechan Music.

Song of Solitude (solo clarinet) (2021) by Mark Carlson (b. 1952)

Mark Carlson said, “The original image that floated into my head as I began work on this piece was that of a shepherd, seated on a hill with a flock below, improvising a song—both to fill as distraction from loneliness and for the pleasure of making music. The piece, which I wrote at Michael Dean’s request for his Fall 2021 tour of Texas and Oklahoma, is freely based on song form (AABA).”

Composer Mark Carlson‘s lyrical, emotionally powerful, and stylistically unique music has earned him the admiration of audiences and musicians throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. A versatile composer, his approximately 100 works include art songs, chamber music, choral music, concertos and other large ensemble works, and songs for musical theater. He is currently working on an opera on The Scarlet Letter with librettist Bruce Olstad. The recipient of more than 50 commissions, he has been commissioned by the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and the New West Symphony, among other organizations, as well as by many individual musicians and private parties. One of his thirteen CDs, The Hall of Mirrors, was a winner of the Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Awards for 2001. He taught music theory and composition at UCLA for 28 years until his retirement in 2018 and also taught at Santa Monica College for 15 years. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles chamber music ensemble Pacific Serenades, and he recently retired as a flutist, after a lifetime of performing primarily chamber music, much of which was written for him.  Born in Ft. Lewis, WA, Carlson grew up in California, attended the University of Redlands, graduated from CSU Fresno, and received MA and PhD degrees in composition from UCLA. His professional website is markcarlsonmusic.com.

Andy and Me (clarinet & media) (2006) by Robert Fruehwald

Andy and Me for clarinet and media was commissioned by Michael Dean. He premiered the work at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in December of 2006. Andy and Me is on Michael Dean’s CD, Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet.

Robert Fruehwald said, “Andy and Me is a whimsical look at the relationship between Mike and the newest addition to his family, Andy. The sounds on the media accompaniment represent (and feature) Andy in a kind of conversation with the clarinet music played by Mike.”

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NACWPI 2022 National Conference: Southern California!

Long Beach, California, USA

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! As a NACWPI past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I’m proud and excited to pass along the following announcement from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI]!

The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors’ 2022 National Conference will be held September 22-24, 2022, at the Westin Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California, in conjunction with the 2022 National Conferences of the College Music Society (CMS), the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), and the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL).

NACWPI 2022 National Conference
September 22-24, 2022
Westin Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California, USA

Call For Performance and Presentation Proposals:

Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (CST)

NACWPI 2022 Information click here

Performance Proposal Submission Directions: click here

Presentation Proposal Submission Directions: click here

ClarinetMike says, “Apply to perform and present at NACWPI 2022! I suggest using this hashtag on social media: #NACWPI2022.”

Note: The cool picture above of Long Beach, CA was found on the CMS website here.

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ClarinetMike In Italy 2022! Orfeo Music Festival 2022 Application Information and MORE!

ClarinetMike says, “Ciao! Come Study Clarinet in the Italian Alps at the Orfeo Music Festival in July 2022!”

NEWS! I’m again returning as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) this coming summer, July 4-16, 2022.

Check It Out! Orfeo Music Festival 2022 Website:  www.orfeomusicfestival.com. Festival concerts are held at historical venues such as Vipiteno’s Medieval and Renaissance churches as well as at a beautiful modern theater. The study program takes place in one of the best music schools in the region located in a beautiful 13th-century historical building. Festival participants stay at local hotels within walking distance of all venues: pictures.

Who? YOU! Who should apply to go to Orfeo 2022? University, college, conservatory and graduate students, advanced high school students, talented amateurs, and teachers looking for professional development should apply. Please contact me if you have questions or want help with applying: email me at clarinetmiketexas@yahoo.com or text.

Friends! A variety of students attend the Orfeo Music Festival. The majority are university and high school students, but there are also younger students as well as talented adult amateurs and others. Most Orfeo participants are from the USA, but there is a definite international flavor with faculty and students from Russia, Austria, China, Germany, England, Australia, Korea, and other countries.

Apply! Click here. Regular application deadline is March 15, 2022. Early Bird application deadline is March 1, 2022. I am happy to help you with applying, just contact me: clarinetmiketexas@yahoo.com or text.

Scholarships! The Orfeo Music Festival has a limited number of merit scholarships available. Click here for more information.

Fee Table! How much does Orfeo 2022 cost? Click here.

Facebook! Check out and join my official ClarinetMike In Italy 2022 Facebook Page. I’ll be posting updates, pictures, videos, application information, and all kinds of cool stuff about Orfeo 2022! Click here: www.facebook.com/clarinetmikeinitaly2022.

Social Media! I’ll be using the hashtag #orfeo2022 when I post on Facebook and other social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Perform! Below I’m performing at Orfeo Music Festival 2019 with fabulous Orfeo colleague Faina Lushtak on the World Premiere of her “Blues in C” at Vigil Raber Saal in downtown Vipiteno, Italy.

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ClarinetMike in 2021!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

I’m very thankful for a successful and busy year of performing and teaching in 2021 in spite of the pandemic. Below is the 2021 Annual Report on my ClarinetMike Blog, QuickTips, QuickClips, TikToks, Master Classes, Clinics, Performances, and more. (Notice the emergence of TikTok.)

ClarinetMike 2021 Annual Report

  • The ClarinetMike Blog remains one of the top clarinet blogs on the Internet. Google Search lists it as the first hit on a search of “clarinet blog.” Also, the ClarinetMike Blog is again listed as the #1 clarinet blog on the website, Top 20 Clarinet Blogs and Websites (updated December 28, 2021).
  • The ClarinetMike Blog featured 23 posts in 2021. There were 12,365+ views from 101+ countries on 6 continents with 33% of views outside the USA. (The blog did not get a view in 2021 from Vatican City as it did a few years ago!)
  • 18 ClarinetMike QuickTips: 24,516 views on Facebook and Instagram

  • 9 ClarinetMike QuickClips: 3,923 views on Facebook and Instagram

  • 41 ClarinetMike TikToks: 13,120 views

  • Blog + Tips + Clips + TikToks = 53,924+ overall views (not including LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
  • Taught 108+ online and in person clarinet master classes, clinics, performances, etc. in addition to lots of private lessons.
  • In person solo Texas-Oklahoma Tour 2021 in October featured recitals (2 World Premieres!) and/or master classes at the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Baylor University, University of Oklahoma, TCU, and the NACWPI 2021 National Conference at Texas Woman’s University.

  • Commissioned and premiered 2 cool new clarinet works (on tour above): Austin Ali’s Nimbus! for clarinet and media plus Mark Carlson’s Song of Solitude for solo clarinet.
  • Performed as principal clarinetist with the Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble on the World Premiere of a new chamber version of John Mackey’s Hymn to a Blue Hour.

Upcoming Events for 2022 and 2023 include the release of a new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake, a return to the Italian Alps as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the summer international Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, and a recital & master class tour of Israel.

ClarinetMike says, “Happy New Year!”

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