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 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 returned 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, 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,, 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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