Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!

ClarinetMike outside the Pantheon in Rome, Italy on a recent summer vacation.

I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below is a follow-up to my recent 7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer! post.

Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

  1. IMPROVE. Work on improvements and adjustments in your clarinet technique. (Hey Students! How about working on what your teacher emphasized last semester – posture, embouchure, tonguing, etc.?) See my related recent post.
  2. STUDY. Study an orchestra or band work you don’t know (or a solo, chamber work, etc.)
  3. BASICS. Work on Etudes, Sight Reading and Transposition.
  4. LIVE. Go to a concert. When was the last time you went to a LIVE concert just to enjoy the music?
  5. REPAIR. Take clarinets to the repair shop. AND clean out your clarinet case!
  6. CLEAN. Organize your office and/or practice space! Those stacks of music (and pizza boxes!) need to be dealt with.
  7. LUNCH. Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Go have lunch with them. [Pick up the phone and call them right now – yes, right now!]
  8. MOVIES. Watch old movies (check out TCM) and listen to the music. Learn about the composers. Some of them have written solo music for the clarinet!
  9. JAZZ. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you. If you don’t know anything about Jazz, now is the time to learn.
  10. LIFE. Most importantly, take some time off and NOT think about the clarinet. Attend a church or philosophical meeting, go to a baseball game, get some exercise, read a good book, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.

ClarinetMike says, “Have a Great Summer!”

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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2 Responses to Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!

  1. Larry says:

    Thanks for the great tips. Especially number 10. Keep up the good work I enjoy seeing your stuff .

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