10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break



[Below is a modified version of a post from 2011.]

Summertime as the livin’ is easy…. I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below are 10 clarinet things to do in the summer – I’m sure you can think of others!

  1. Take clarinets to the repair shop. Clean out your clarinet case!
  2. Try a new brand of reeds or some other new piece of equipment.
  3. Study an orchestral or band work you don’t know (or a solo, etude, etc.)
  4. Work on Etudes, Sight Reading and Transposition.
  5. Put in all the fixes your teacher was telling you about last semester.
  6. Organize your office!
  7. Call an old friend who used to play clarinet (especially a retired teacher/professor). Go have lunch with him/her.
  8. Watch old movies (check out TCM) and listen to the music. Learn about the composer.
  9. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you.
  10. Most importantly, take at least a few days off and NOT think about the clarinet – maybe attend a religious or philosophical meeting, get some exercise, read a good book, volunteer to help someone, etc.

ClarinetMike says, “Have a great summer!”

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: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. 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, 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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5 Responses to 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break

  1. Bonnie Isbey Sholl says:

    Good Advice ! Bonnie Isbey Sholl, Clarinet Faculty – The Mannes College of Music- The New School University

  2. Janet Rossi says:

    I think every Clarinet player should sit in on a ragtime band gig over the summer. Very humbling. FAST!

  3. Pingback: 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break | ClarinetMike Blog

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