Texas All-State Clarinet Audition Music Preparation Help

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[IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please check out my NEW All-State Preparation Kit. The kit features all the information below plus lots more help on the all-state music!]

[Note: This is a slightly revised version of my blog post from October 12, 2012.]

A few days ago the official audition music for the Texas 2013-2014 All-State Band Auditions was posted at TMEA.org – the music is available in my recent blog post, available HERE.

The following contains an outline and template for preparing the Texas All-State audition music. Most of these concepts are useful for all musicians, not just clarinetists. This document is also available in printer-friendly PDF format HERE.

NOTE: These are lecture notes for my All-State Clarinet Clinic. Please feel free to print, copy, and distribute.

Texas All-State Clarinet Music:
An Outline Guide & Template


Dr. Michael Dean
Clarinet Performing, Teaching and Consulting
clarinetmiketexas@yahoo.com * 682-888-7639
clarinetmike.com * facebook.com/clarinetmike

Preliminary Concerns
1. Get quality equipment. My basic set up: Buffet R13, M13 Lyre, Vandoren V12 3.5+/4, BG Super Revelation, metronome/tuner, silk swab, Micro cork grease, reed glass, BG Pad Dryer, etc.
2. Find a good private teacher. [Don’t just copy a recording. Learn to count!]
[2013 Updates: Lately, I’m also playing on Rico Reserve Classic Reeds, 3.5+. I also highly recommend the Rico Reserve mouthpieces, XO (close facing).]

Core Concepts
1. Genuine Excellence = Talent × Practice Time × Practice Quality.
2. Power of Habit. Work on Basics (ARTC) & Scales, along with the All-State Music in a Practice Routine.
3. Slow, Careful Practice = Speedy, Confident Performance. The Tortoise and the Hare – Be a Turtle!  Loading & Unloading, etc. – See Frank R. Wilson.
4. Focus on what you control: Preparation & Effort. Success, John Wooden, etc.
5. It’s Always about the MUSIC. Musical Style and Phrasing, esp. Romantic style.

General Prep Tips
1. Practice on and perform with good reeds.
2. Use a metronome and tuner.
3. Record yourself – check out phone apps!
4. Sound Projection & Dynamics.
5. Plan and mark breathing carefully.
6. Understand music terms, notation, ornaments, etc.
7. Create a cheat sheet. Write each etude’s scales and arpeggios in the upper corner.
8. Clap and sing the music.
9. Check out additional Practice Tips.

Etude Prep Template (Break down etudes as per below.)
1. Overview on composer and musical style.
2. Key(s) and Tempo(s).
3. Scale and Arpeggio Cheat Sheet.
4. Technical Issues (articulation, rhythms, fingerings, etc.).
5. Problem Passages.
6. Sections, Phrases, and Musical Issues.
7. Breath Marks.
8. Other details.

Further Study
1. See Internet links above.
2. Listen to style on youtube.com.
3. Check out documents, videos, etc. on www.clarinetmike.com.
4. Check out previous ClarinetMike Blog Posts, especially “Betty” and Rhy-No Practice.
5. See TMEA Performance Guides for Soprano and Low Clarinets.


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, 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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