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 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 2017. 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, clarinetmike.wordpress.com-viewed 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, 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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