Advice for the New Year

Keep it simple.

from Preparation and Effort: Tips on Applying John Wooden’s Concepts

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 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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One Response to Advice for the New Year

  1. Dear Michael Dean,

    Congratulations with your work! Best wishes for 2012!
    My name is Bert Langeler, originally from the Netherlands and now living in Estonia.
    I see that you are coming from Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

    In 1999 I travelled with my band from the Netherlands to the University and playd a concert overthere, with the help of Dr. Bob Gifford from the musicdepartment.

    In march 2011 I returned and worked in the Jeffersons College in Festus with the wind band..
    We had a concert with Estonian repertoire.
    I will return in july to st. Louis and work in one of the famous music camps in Missouri

    The reason that I write as well is , maybe you are interested in clarinetmethods.
    In our publishing company: GMF Baltic States ÖU we supply the method from Herman Braune, professor emeritus at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. A method for elementary players in three volumes. Very often the start of
    You can visit at : and as well

    The world of wind music is the most increasing development at the moment and we try to support all kind of methods and material to give the young children to grow and explore!

    Let me now if you have some questions,
    Good luck with your work,

    Bert Langeler

    GMF Baltic States OÜ
    Ploomi 19
    71017 Viljandi, Estonia

    +372 53652645

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