Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

ClarinetMike recording Pete Meechan’s beautiful “Song Of Hope” for the Ryan Anthony video project.

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

  1. Lessons. Take online private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to working on music.
  2. Practice. With the pandemic, online school, stay-at-home orders, and such, it has been difficult for many to consistently practice or even practice at all. Now that school is out, work hard to make time to practice in a good routine.
  3. Basics. Work on improvements and adjustments in your technique. Hey Students! How about working on what your teacher emphasized last semester – posture, embouchure, tonguing, etc.?
  4. Improve. Work on Scales, Etudes, Sight Reading, and Transposition.
  5. Study. Study a work you don’t know: orchestra, band, solo, chamber music, etc.
  6. Clean. Organize your office and/or practice space! Those stacks of music (and pizza boxes!) need to be dealt with. AND clean out your case!
  7. CALL! Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Pick up the phone and see how they are doing. Stop reading this and call them right now – yes, right now!
  8. Movies. Watch old movies (check out Turner Classic Movies) and listen to the music. Learn about the composers. Some of them have written solo music for your instrument!
  9. Jazz. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you. If you don’t know anything about Jazz, Now’s The Time to learn.
  10. Live. Get outside in the sunshine (as appropriate during the pandemic in your area). Attend an online church or similar meeting, get some exercise, read a good book, learn a foreign language, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.

ClarinetMike says, “Have a Great Summer!”

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, 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 Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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