Author Archives: ClarinetMike

About ClarinetMike

Carnegie Hall, Eastman, Royal Northern College of Music, NACWPI, and ClarinetFest recital and master class appearances headline Dr. Michael Dean’s extensive and versatile career. He is featured on four commercial CD’s: Mysteries, Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol. 1, and Red Mesa Trio. Two more CD releases featuring Michael Dean are upcoming: a second CD of Fruehwald's music for woodwinds (Vol. 2) (2014/15) and a new solo CD, Postcards from Silver Lake (2015/16).... He has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Chamber Players, and the Red Mesa Trio. He recently performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.... His articles have appeared in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal, and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he actively writes for his own widely-read clarinet blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com.... Michael Dean is an active clarinet performer, teacher, and consultant based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. 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 illness. He maintains a large private clarinet studio in L.D. Bell Cluster (HEB) and Grapevine-Colleyville. 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, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at Arlington. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video and audio of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He lives in Hurst, Texas with his wife, two children, and golden retriever, Andy.

NACWPI National Conference 2017: APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15

NACWPI Rolls On!  As a past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I want to encourage you to apply to perform and present at the upcoming NACWPI National Conference 2017! The DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION has been extended … Continue reading

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IMPROVE CLARINET ARTICULATION WITH THIS HACK! Check Out ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise a.k.a. “Betty”

One of the most important (and tricky) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is a repost of an articulation exercise I’ve found very helpful in my students and my own playing. When working on Betty, don’t forget to use … Continue reading

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HERE’S SOME HELP ON YOUR JOB SEARCH! ClarinetMike’s “LinkedIn, Lumpy, and Me”

It is Spring Break time here in Texas and I know many of you are looking for a job (or a better one!).  Therefore, I am reposting the below. (FYI, I spruced up my own LinkedIn Profile with an updated bio … Continue reading

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5 MORE Steps to Great Clarinet Tone: The 5 E-Tips for E-Lips Clarinet Embouchure Tips!

I recently posted my 5-C Clarinet Embouchure (CLICK HERE) having made a few small revisions to it that I put into my clinic handouts for some upcoming clarinet clinics. FYI, an Easy-To-Print-PDF of all my clarinet clinic handouts (including 5-C Embouchure and … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Great Clarinet Tone: The 5-C Clarinet Embouchure

Hey! I just made a few small revisions to my 5-C Clarinet Embouchure (see below) that I put into my clinic handouts for some upcoming clarinet clinics. FYI, an Easy-To-Print-PDF of all my clarinet clinic handouts (including 5-C Embouchure) is available … Continue reading

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GREAT POSTURE RULES: Don’t Lean Over Too Much!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that many students (and pros!) lean over too much when playing the clarinet (or saxophone!). Of course, it is very true that each person has their own unique way of relating to the clarinet based … Continue reading

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Lecture Notes for ClarinetMike Presentation at Texas Clarinet Colloquium 2017!

Below are the Lecture Notes for my presentation on the upcoming Texas Clarinet Colloquium 2017 at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (An easy-to-print PDF of the my Lecture Notes is available HERE.)   My presentation on music preparation … Continue reading

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