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 “ClarinetMike” 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.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, 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). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, blogger, 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. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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1 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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