Hear ClarinetMike Discuss Clarinet Performing and Pedagogy on Clarineat Podcast!

Hear ClarinetMike on Clarineat Podcast!

Hear ClarinetMike on Clarineat Podcast!

Hear ClarinetMike Discuss Clarinet Performing and Pedagogy on Clarineat Podcast!

Earlier this summer I had a great time being interviewed by Sean Perrin for his noted clarinet podcast, Clarineat. We touched on a number of subjects related to clarinet performing and teaching. Below is a list of topics we discussed and a blurb on the Clarineat Podcast, that now also features a blog.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast. Wait for the Clarineat Podcast Player to pop up on the page, then click the play button.

Discussion Topics

  • How the ClarinetMike blog got started
  • Who is the blog for?
  • The importance of brevity
  • Mike’s performance at ClarinetFest 2016
  • New CD Project “Postcards from Silver Lake”
  • 10 Clarinet Things to do on Summer Break
  • How taking breaks can increase your productivity
  • Setting practice limits and “segments”
  • Quality over Quantity
  • Finding routines that work for you
  • The importance of a good embouchure for beginners
  • Setting and achieving musical goals through technique
  • The difference between “test-takers” and apprentices
  • What makes a successful performance?
  • How to practice in a way that helps performance
  • “Loading” and “Unloading”
  • The “ARTC” System
    • Approach and Attitude
    • Relaxation
    • Tone
    • Counting
  • Tonguing tips
  • Single Lip-Double Lip Embouchure
  • The importance of voicing and “air position”
  • Equipment isn’t everything, but…
  • You need to play on good equipment
  • Mike’s criteria for evaluating equipment
    • 1. Response
    • 2. Tone
    • 3. Tuning
  • Advice for band teachers looking to upgrade equipment
  • Don’t be scared to reach out with questions!
  • Don’t buy a “CSO”
  • Mike’s recent CD “Mysteries”

ClarinetMike says, “Check out the Podcast!”


Clarineat is a weekly podcast that is followed by clarinetists and others around the world across social media and via email subscription. The show was founded in January 2016 and features interviews with prominent performers, educators, and manufacturers in the clarinet community. The website features product reviews and a blog that is updated regularly. The goal is to provide unique, high-quality content on a regular basis to the clarinet community.

The Clarineat podcast is recorded, hosted, edited and produced by Sean Perrin in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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 2018. 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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2 Responses to Hear ClarinetMike Discuss Clarinet Performing and Pedagogy on Clarineat Podcast!

  1. Mendel barak says:

    Am looking for light duets for my students hope you can send me some my mail mendel1@inter.net.il

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