ClarinetMike Clinic at TMEA 2014: Handouts Available

Dr. Michael Dean, Clarinet Performing, Teaching & Consulting

Dr. Michael Dean, Clarinet Performing, Teaching & Consulting

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.

My clinic will be on Friday, February 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Room CC 008. (Yes, Valentine’s Day!) The clinic is being sponsored by the great folks at Music & Arts.

Below are my official clinic handout and short bio I just sent to TMEA. (It took me forever to cut the bio to 499 characters, so I’m putting it below also!)

ClarinetMike says, “See you in San Antonio!”

TMEA CLINIC: How to Develop Great Clarinetists: Basics and Musical Style
The primary hindrances to clarinetists performing with excellence at all levels are usually weaknesses in fundamentals and knowledge of musical style. Dean will provide clarinet teachers practical information that addresses each of these areas. Clarinet embouchure, voicing, and articulation will receive special attention, and there will be time for questions and answers

TMEA BIO [499 Characters!]: Carnegie Hall, Royal Northern College of Music and ClarinetFest recital appearances headline Dr. Michael Dean’s extensive career. Recently a tenured professor at SE Missouri State, he is an active performer and clinician maintaining a large private studio based in Dallas/Fort Worth. features his teaching/performing videos, CD’s, and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog. Degrees: Texas Tech, CU-Boulder and UTA. Teachers: Robert Walzel, Philip Aaholm, Carol Jessup and Jesse Youngblood.

TMEA CLINIC HANDOUT: Below is the main one-page handout. I will also be passing out my Practice Routine/Practice Tips and E-Tips for E-Lips articles. All my TMEA clinic handouts are available in easy-to-print PDF under “News” on the home page of

How to Develop Great Clarinetists: Basics and Musical Style
Dr. Michael Dean
“Building Great Clarinetists”
Clarinet Performing, Teaching and Consulting * 682-888-7639 *

Clinic Description

ARTC Basics

1. What is ARTC?
A – Approach & Attitude
R – Relaxation (Body & Breathing)
T – Tone (Emb. & Articulation)
C – Counting (Pulse & Pattern)

2.  Emb.
A . Purpose of Emb.
B.  2 Things
C.  5  Steps
D.  E-Tips for E-Lips [Handout]
E.  Emb. Evolution

3. How to Do It
A.  Practice Routine [Handout]
1. Sound Projection
2. “Betty”
3.  “The Break”
4.  Overtones
5.  Others
B. Practice Tips
C. Equipment (Reeds!)

 ARTSY Musical Style

 1. Romantic Style
A. Importance
B. Contrast with Classical Style

2. How to Do It
A. Three ways to make music
B. Rainbow Phrase & Application
C. Listen, Listen, Listen 


Question and Answer

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 ClarinetMike Clinic at TMEA 2014: Handouts Available

  1. Pingback: ClarinetFest 2014: Early Registration, Housing, Competition Deadlines, etc. | ClarinetMike Blog

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