ClarinetMike Clinic at TMEA 2014: Schedule Information

Dr. Michael Dean

Dr. Michael Dean

As mentioned in a previous POST, I’ll be giving a clarinet clinic at TMEA 2014 (Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention). TMEA 2014 will be held February 12-15, 2014 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

I just received an email from TMEA with the day/time, etc. of my clinic – see below.

My clinic is being sponsored by the great folks at Music & Arts.

ClarinetMike says, “See you in San Antonio!”

Schedule Information
Date: Friday, 2/14/2014
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Room: CC 008
Capacity: 352 People
Clinic Information
Clinic Type: Industry Sponsored
Divisions:  B
Sponsored by: Music & Arts – Dallas/Ft. Worth
Title: How to Develop Great Clarinetists: Basics and Musical Style






The primary hindrances to clarinet performing excellence at all levels are usually weaknesses in fundamentals and knowledge of musical style. Dean will provide clarinet teachers with practical information that addresses both of these areas. Clarinet embouchure, voicing, and articulation will receive special attention. There will be time for questions and answers.

Most of the performance limitations of clarinet students (and some pros!) stem from either problems with basics and/or a lack of knowledge of how to play with appropriate musical style (or ANY musical style!). My clinic will deal with both.

I will address clarinet basics using a straightforward systematic approach. Musical style will be considered using an accessible model for phrasing. I will systematically address clarinet fundamentals such as relaxation, posture, embouchure, voicing, articulation, counting, sound projection, etc.

The heart of the clinic will be information on embouchure. In the last few decades there has been a shift in clarinet pedagogy toward a better understanding of how voicing relates to clarinet embouchure. We will consider this and related issues, such as articulation.

Suggestions on using a practice routine and other practice tips will be discussed. This information on how to practice will give insights to teachers on how to effectively put the basics discussed into the playing of their students.

Knowledge of good phrasing and musical style (especially Romantic Style) is generally lacking in most students. The use of a simple and understandable model will be explored. I have found this model to be effective in helping students understand phrasing, dynamics and other interpretive issues.

Finally, there will be time for questions and answers.

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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