Today, the official audition materials for the Texas TMEA All-State Band for 2018-2019 were posted online. BELOW I have posted screenshots from the official TMEA.org website of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets. The materials for all band instruments (including soprano and low clarinets) are available online HERE.
I’ve already started to break down the audition music for private lessons, all-state clinics and such. Here’s 5 all-state practice tips to get you started:
ClarinetMike’s 5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started
1 Have a balanced practice routine as you work on the all-state music that includes spending time on basics, scales, and sight-reading. My practice routine is available HERE.
2 Work on tonguing every day. Check out my “Betty” post.
3 Look over the etude before just diving in. A little analysis can be very helpful.
4 Start by working on the first few measures or first line. Go slowly and learn the rhythm, notes, and dynamics correctly the first time and every time.
5 Take private lessons with a good teacher or if one is not available in your area, at least read this blog. I will post more helps on the all-state etudes on my ClarinetMike Blog in coming weeks. (FYI, I offer Skype lessons.)