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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 Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2017. 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, clarinetmike.wordpress.com-viewed 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, 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.

TEXAS TMEA All-State Clarinet Audition Etudes 2017-2018 for Soprano and Low Clarinets Now Posted!

Yesterday, the official audition materials for the Texas TMEA All-State Band for 2017-2018 were posted at TMEA.org. The materials for all band instruments (including soprano and low clarinets) are available HERE.  BELOW I have posted screenshots from the official TMEA.org website that … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike in Italy 2017!

Later this week I’m off to Europe! As previously posted, I’m returning this summer as Clarinet Artist in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful medieval town of Vipiteno, Italy in the heart of the Italian Alps. … Continue reading

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I LOVE SUMMER!! ClarinetMike’s 10 Great Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…. I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below is a follow-up on my recent post, 7 Ways to Upgrade Your Clarinet Playing This Summer!. ClarinetMike’s 10 Great Clarinet … Continue reading

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PROGRAM NOTES for Duo 35 Concert at IBCA! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford Perform Friday, June 9 In Arlington, Texas

As previously posted (HERE) Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I will be playing a FREE concert on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the International Baptist Church of Arlington at 7:30 pm. Joining us on this recital will be pianist Michael Schneider … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Upgrade Your Clarinet Playing This Summer!

“Championships are won in the off-season.” The above is true in the music world as in the sports world.  Summer is when our clarinet playing can make major strides and thus enable us to perform well in the fall at … Continue reading

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Duo 35 at NACWPI 2017! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford to Perform at the NACWPI National Conference 2017!

I’ve been officially notified that Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I (Duo 35) have been selected to perform at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI] National Conference 2017 at the University of Montevallo on October 6-8, 2017 in … Continue reading

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Supercharge Your Teaching With Powerful Maxims!

A maxim is a short, memorable comment that quickly and concisely communicates an idea or concept.  The use of maxims is a very effective way to teach any subject, including the clarinet. One of my heroes, the legendary basketball coach John … Continue reading

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