ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Kit: 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Performance!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

Marching Band Season is over here in Texas (mostly). Kids in Texas and across the USA are turning their attention 100% to all-region/all-state preparation (along with catching up on homework and sleep!). Therefore, I have assembled some previously published ClarinetMike Blog posts that offer help on preparing and performing audition music. ClarinetMike says, “Click on the links below and then GET TO THE PRACTICE ROOM!!!”

ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Kit:
10 Ways to Upgrade Your Performance!

by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

General Helps

Practice Routine: Organize your practice with a plan that addresses basics, scales, arpeggios, sight-reading, music, etc.

Rhy-No Practice Technique: Simple, yet powerful, method for preparing music.

“Feed The Rhy-No!”:  An easy way to upgrade Rhy-No Practice to make it even more effective.

The Fast Way: A practice technique that works great by itself or within Rhy-No Practice.

Help on Tonguing: The Basic Tonguing Exercise (BTE or “Betty”) – a very useful exercise on a vital part of clarinet playing.

Tips on Texas TMEA and ATSSB All-State Music

Texas TMEA All-State Etude Preparation Tips

Tips On Texas ATSSB All-State Materials

Simple Ways to Upgrade A Performance FAST!

Sound Projection: Big results with just a little extra work!

Ligature and Reed Placement: “Little things make big things happen.”

Perform Music!: Insight on auditions, etc.

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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