ClarinetMike’s Music Preparation Kit

Clarinet Mike says, "Slow, Careful, Practice!"

ClarinetMike says, “Feed The Rhy-No!”

Here in Texas and across the USA, high school and jr. high school clarinet students are busily preparing audition music for various city, district, region, and state competitions. Also, college and university students are busy getting ready for music juries. Below are several previously-published ClarinetMike blog posts that offer help on preparing and performing music of various kinds, including the Texas All-State Clarinet music.


How To Practice

Improve Tone: 5C Embouchure

Improve Tone: E-Tips for E-Lips

Rhy-No Practice Technique

Feed The Rhy-No

The Fast Way!

Help on Tonguing

Time Management Tips

Time Management Tip Extra

Helps on Texas All-State Music

Soprano Clarinet Etudes Overview and Style

Complete Notes on Soprano Clarinet Etude 1

Complete Notes on Soprano Clarinet Etude 2

Complete Notes on Soprano Clarinet Etude 3

Other Editions of All-State Etudes (Rose 40 and 32 Etudes)

Simple Ways to Upgrade A Performance FAST!

Five Ways to Improve Your Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)


Sound Projection

Ligature and Reed Placement

NOTE: This is a modified version of previous blog post.

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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