Upcoming Audition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

Do You Have An Upcoming All-Region Audition? Music Jury? University Entrance Audition? Concerto Competition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

In the preparation for and giving of auditions and such I suggest changing our thinking from “I want to beat people and WIN!” to “I will ‘Go For It’ and attempt to give a beautiful PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC.” Because MUSIC (i.e. ART) is what we are actually trying to do. Here’s a couple of inspirational quotes:

“We are musical if we are beautifully expressive and passionate –
the antithesis of mechanical, meaningless, accuracy-only producers of
organized sound. Accuracy unto itself is boring and lifeless. Through
beauty, expressivity, and passion, accuracy transcends into art.”
Donald Neuen (Southwestern Musician, Nov 2017, p 13)

“The heart of performing is the attempt to say something beautiful.”
Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

I want to quickly add that making all-region band, acceptance into a music school, passing a music jury, winning a competition, etc. are very worthy goals. And, of course, the music business IS competitive. However, it is vital that we not let our competitiveness overwhelm our artistry and joy.

Let us constantly remind ourselves and teach our students that it is ALL ABOUT MUSIC!

Practical Tip: With myself and my students, I push the idea of referring to the all-region audition as “A Performance of Music” and not “An Audition.”

NOTE: As previously mentioned on this blog, I’ve been heavily influenced by the ideas of the great John Wooden – see HERE and HERE.

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: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. 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, 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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1 Response to Upcoming Audition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

  1. Pingback: ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Kit: 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Performance! | ClarinetMike Blog

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