NEW! Play with a Pro

Thanks for checking my blog – I know some of you barely have time to breathe right now with school starting.

As mentioned in a previous post, I recently discovered something new: Play with a Pro.  Their web page describes it as “…a new platform that gives students immediate access to worldclass teachers, scholars, and artists.”

Also from their web page, “Play with a Pro is primarily a movie library, containing a continuously growing number of high quality movies, in which the great teachers and musicians of our time share their knowledge and passion for classical music….our goal [is] to…give [people] an opportunity to get access to inspiration, knowledge and education, despite age, level, being a student or teacher and mostly important – despite your geographical location…. Over time we aim to build an extensive movie library, in different language versions, so anyone interested, no matter location, language skills and economic means have a chance to learn and get inspired from the greatest artists and scholars.”

I applaud their goals and efforts and am excited about the project!  They already have clarinet master classes available from Yehuda Gilad (pictured above), Charles Neidich, and Lee Morgan (principal clarinet, Royal Danish Orchestra) – master classes by David Campbell are in production. They also have master classes on other instruments.

Today, I downloaded a free master class by Emmanuel Pahud and Hansjoerg Schellenberger on Breathing and Blowing. I also spent some money ($29.99) to download one by Yehuda Gilad. FYI, most of the master classes are $19.99.

Since I recently heard Prof. Gilad give a fantastic master class at ClarinetFest 2011, I’m especially interested in studying this and his other available master classes.

One tip, make sure your computer hardware and software meet the suggested minimum specs or you might find things downloading or running slowly.

Thanks Play with a Pro! ClarinetMike says, “Check ’em out!”

About ClarinetMike

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 Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. 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. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas 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, and Bob Ackerman. 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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