Author Archives: ClarinetMike

About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 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.” Dr. 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, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet 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, blogger, 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, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess 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.

7 Time Management Tips

7  Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Get a Plan, Man! Get some kind of 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 success. … Continue reading

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The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb

The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Ebby Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Below I offer my opinions on two fingerings that I think should be taught and used by beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught … Continue reading

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Program Notes for Duo 35 Concert at NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2020 (online) featuring TWO World Premieres!

Hey! Duo 35, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I, have been invited to perform at the National Conference Online of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) on Saturday, October 10, at 1:15 pm central time. NACWPI will hold … Continue reading

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Israel! ClarinetMike Israel Tour 2021

BIG NEWS! In late April 2021, I will tour Israel giving clarinet recitals and master classes! Plus, I will give an exciting World Premiere! More details soon! Please Join my Official Facebook Page, Israel Tour 2021, HERE, to get all … Continue reading

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10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything!

Here are 10 general practice tips for preparing the All-State etudes, solos, or any music. I have marked a few spots, Bad Pedagogy, to indicate opportunities for teachers to upgrade their instruction. 10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything! by Dr. … Continue reading

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TMEA All-State Available! PLUS “5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started!”

Here We Go! Today, the official 2020-2021 audition materials for the Texas TMEA All-State Band were posted online. Below, I have posted screenshots from the official TMEA.org website of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets.  I’ve already started to … Continue reading

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12 All-State Clarinet Resources: Rose 32 Etudes, 40 Studies, and More!

This coming Monday, July 13, the Texas TMEA All-State audition etudes will be revealed. As in years past, the etudes selected for soprano and low clarinets (and Texas ATSSB soprano clarinets) will be Rose Etudes. Other states in the USA … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide

Here in Texas, the TMEA high school all-state band audition music is soon to be released. Plus, ATSSB students are already busily working away on their audition music. Below is a five-step guide to preparing the all-state materials.  The steps … Continue reading

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Job Interview [and Teaching!] Help from Coach John Wooden

I know many of you are looking for a new (or better!) job. So, below I offer some tips from an article I wrote in the NACWPI Journal a few years ago based on my study of the works of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Lessons. Take online private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to … Continue reading

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