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About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise and acclaim 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. Michael 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, Canada, Spain, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He is currently planning an international recital and master class tour of Israel for spring 2022. He is on the faculty of the international Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence. Michael Dean performed with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and has also performed with the Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble, Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Abilene Opera, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35 with saxophonist Todd Oxford. As a clarinet performing and recording artist, he has commissioned, premiered, edited, toured with, and recorded new and lesser-known clarinet works. He is featured on 6 commercial CDs, including the soon-to-be-released Postcards from Silver Lake CD. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube and Facebook. He has given more than 600 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, colleges, conservatories, festivals, conferences, and high schools. His ClarinetMike Blog and ClarinetMike QuickTips are widely read on the internet and social media and viewed in more than 150 countries on 6 continents. His articles also appear in professional journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, The Bandmasters’ Review, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former National Board Officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). A committed teacher and noted pedagogue, Dr. Dean’s students enjoy successful careers as professional performers, educators, and administrators and are consistently accepted into prestigious university music schools. They consistently win awards and distinctions at competitions and festivals including solo & ensemble, all-region, all-state, and various concerto and other competitions. After a successful 20 years of teaching the clarinet and music 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, 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, Philip Aaholm, Carol Jessup, and Jesse Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is clarinetmike.com. Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.

ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide and Clinic Notes!

Here in Texas, the TMEA high school all-state band audition music will be released in 4 weeks on Monday, July 12, 2021 at noon on the TMEA.org website. Plus, ATSSB students are already busily working away on their audition music … Continue reading

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Application Deadline Extended to July 1 for NACWPI 2021 National Conference at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, October 22-24!

Received the following email from Ted Hoffman, Executive Secretary of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Also below is updated conference application information. “The due date for NACWPI 2021 National Conference performance and presentation proposals has been extended to … Continue reading

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10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

10 Things To Do On Summer Break!by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Lessons. Take 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. [I’m … Continue reading

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7 Time Management Tips

7  Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Get a Plan! Make some kind of schedule or time plan and DO IT! I have found that having a plan and following it (even if it’s a so-so plan) results in great … Continue reading

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NACWPI 2021 National Conference: Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, October 22-24!

TEXAS! As a NACWPI past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I’m proud and excited to pass along the following announcement from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI]! NACWPI 2021 National ConferenceOctober 22-24, … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Practice After a Finger Cut

Recently, a fantastic student clarinetist I know cut their finger. So, I started wondering, “How can a student keep making progress on the clarinet when a finger is ‘out of action’ for a little while or possibly longer.” One of … Continue reading

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Job Search Help: “LinkedIn, Lumpy, and Me”

Spring is here and I know many of you are considering looking for a new job.  Some of you are soon to be spending lots of quality time at the TMEA Job Vacancy Search page! Therefore, I am reposting the … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Blog 10th Anniversary!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” ClarinetMike says, “Hey! Heartfelt thanks to each of you who have read the blog and interacted with me these past 10 years.” HISTORY: Early in 2011, Mrs. ClarinetMike said to me, “Hey, you should start a … 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 book … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast!

ClarinetMike says, “More Air is the granddaddy of all clarinet tone quick fixes. Here’s five more.” 5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed. Inspect the reed of each and every student. … Continue reading

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