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 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.

International Woodwind Duo Symposium on April 13-14, 2018 at Sam Houston State University!

HEY WOODWIND DUOS! Below is information on a new conference for woodwind duos, the International Woodwind Duo Symposium at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas on April 13-14, 2018! Application Deadline to perform and present is January 15, 2018.  … Continue reading

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15 Performance Anxiety Tips from ClarinetMike

Auditions! Music Juries! Finals! One of the most frequent questions I get in lessons, master classes, clinics, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of performing. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost some common sense tips on dealing with performance anxiety. Performance Anxiety … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Kit: 10 Powerful Resources to Upgrade Your Performance!

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 … Continue reading

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Upcoming Audition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

Do You Have An Upcoming Audition? Competition? Music Jury?  ClarinetMike Says, “PERFORM MUSIC!” In the preparation for and giving of auditions and such I suggest changing our thinking from “I want to beat people and WIN!” to “I will ‘Go … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike in Italy 2018!

HEY! NEWS!! I’ve accepted an appointment to again return as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps in Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) next summer, July 5-19, 2018. Consider joining me in the … Continue reading

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The ABC Exercise! This EASY Clarinet Tone Improvement Trick Will Blow Your Mind!

The idea below of having students recite the alphabet, “ABC’s,” to help embouchure and voicing comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard (see NOTE below). I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) … Continue reading

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Duo 35 Tour 2017! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford To Give Concerts and Master Classes in Alabama and Texas!

Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I are hitting the road tomorrow for our Duo 35 Tour 2017! We will be giving recitals and master classes in Alabama and Texas, including a recital and presentation at the NACWPI National Conference 2017 at the … Continue reading

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