Author Archives: ClarinetMike

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.

NACWPI 2020 National Conference in Miami, Florida!

NACWPI Rolls On! As a NACWPI past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I’m very proud to pass along the announcement below from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI]. NACWPI National Conference 2020 … Continue reading

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7 Sight-Reading Tips

7 Sight-Reading Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Sight-Read. “Just Do It!” The best way to learn to read at sight is to do it every day. Make sure to sight-read all different kinds and levels of music. A nice … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Articulation: ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise

One of the most important (and tricky) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is an articulation exercise that I’ve found very helpful with my students and in my own playing. Also, below is something extra: a new ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Blog is #1: The 2019 Annual Report

ClarinetMike Blog 2019 Annual Report Hey! Hope you are enjoying some time off during the holidays. Below is a brief summary of 2019 for the ClarinetMike Blog: The ClarinetMike Blog is one of the top clarinet blogs on the Internet.  … Continue reading

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Extra Time Management Tip!

I recently posted 10 Time Management Tips on my ClarinetMike Blog. The third tip is: Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of unexpected visitors when they drop by your practice room or office to just “chat.” A few years ago, … Continue reading

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Upper Midwest Tour 2020: ClarinetMike to Perform and Give Master Classes in Michigan and Ohio in February 2020!

HEY! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving clarinet recitals and master classes on a solo tour of Michigan and Ohio this coming February 2020! I’ll be performing new music for solo clarinet, including a world premiere and possibly … Continue reading

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10 Time Management Tips

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are often a super busy time for musicians (and everyone!). Therefore, I offer the following 10 Time Management Tips – with a few NEW updates – from an article I published in the NACWPI … Continue reading

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