Practice Tip: Project Your Sound

Another thing that pays big-time results with just a small amount of extra work is sound projection.

Project Your Sound. In all practice work, think about sound projection as much as possible.

See my article on sound projection at

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American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise 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." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2018. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. His web page,, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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2 Responses to Practice Tip: Project Your Sound

  1. Meri says:

    I read the article. But I think it’s better, if possible,instead of pretending to getting them get their sound to carry, to take them to a place where they have to project their sound. I have this luxury thanks to my husband being a music director at a church. (he’s a pianist and organist, one who seems to be able to play almost anything you put in front of him–and he WANTS to try pieces I’ve heard most pianists won’t touch with a ten foot pole) We even record them on audio and/or video and compare when they projected the sound and when they didn’t. (One of my past students, who’s now one of the top students in music performance (despite being only in first year, well just finishing up) thought this was the coolest thing I ever did in lessons.

  2. ClarinetMike says:

    I agree. This is certainly true in a private lesson situation.

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