10 Clarinet Things To Do On Holiday Break

Juries and finals are over, Amen. Maybe you’ve got some time – of course, maybe not with the holidays coming…. Nevertheless, here is a list of possible things to do as a clarinetist over the holiday break. (For me,  it is set as I record works for a CD in early January.)

  1. Take clarinets to the repair shop.
  2. Find some reeds for the coming semester.
  3. Study an orchestral work you don’t know (or a solo, etude, etc.)
  4. Work on Sight Reading
  5. Put in all the fixes your teacher was telling you about all semester.
  6. Work on scales for spring semester!
  7. Call an old friend who used to play clarinet (esp a retired teacher/professor).
  8. Watch old movies (check out TCM) and listen to the music. Learn about the composer.
  9. Work on transposition.
  10. Most importantly, take at least a few days off and NOT think about the clarinet – maybe attend a religious service, get some exercise, read a good book, volunteer to help someone, etc.

[Note: Picture above by Anne-Leslie of our big family summer vacation to California in 2011. We are on a beach near San Clemente, CA – just a great day.]

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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, clarinetmike.wordpress.com-viewed 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, clarinetmike.com, 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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