10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break

Summer!

Summer!

[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 “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, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. 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 clarinetmike.com. Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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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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