10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break

ClarinetMike on Balcony of a Nice Hotel in San Antonio, Texas

ClarinetMike Relaxing on a Hotel Balcony Overlooking Downtown San Antonio, Texas

Summertime and 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. Work on the improvements/adjustments in your clarinet technique that your teacher emphasized last semester (relaxation, embouchure, tonguing, etc.)
  2. Study an orchestra or band work you don’t know (or a solo, chamber work, etc.)
  3. Work on Etudes, Sight Reading and Transposition.
  4. Check out a new piece of clarinet equipment.
  5. Clean out your clarinet case! Take clarinets to the repair shop.
  6. Organize your office or practice space!
  7. Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Go have lunch with him/her.
  8. Watch old movies (check out TCM) and listen to the music. Learn about the composers. Some of them have written solo music for the clarinet!
  9. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you. If you don’t know anything about jazz, now is the time to learn – yes, right now!
  10. Most importantly, take some time off and NOT think about the clarinet –  attend a religious or philosophical meeting, get some exercise, read a good book, go to a baseball game, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.

ClarinetMike says, “Have a great summer!”

NOTE: Above is a slightly modified version of a previous post.

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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