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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 2018. 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.

7 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)

ClarinetMike says, “The granddaddy and best of all clarinet tone quick fixes is ‘More Air.’ Here’s 7 more.” 7 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately) by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band … Continue reading

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Dogs, Baseball and Clarinet Playing! Harness the POWER of Great Clarinet Habits for You and Your Students!

BASEBALL! When I was a kid, I played little league baseball. While fielding a position, my coaches taught me to keep my right thumb between my first two fingers when the pitcher started to make his pitch. This way, if a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike at TMEA 2018: Free Clarinet Consulting!

GOT CLARINET QUESTIONS? —  GET CLARINET ANSWERS! I will be offering FREE clarinet advice and good cheer at the Texas Music Educators Association [TMEA] Clinic/Convention 2018 on February 14-17 in beautiful downtown San Antonio. I’ll be at the BG Franck … Continue reading

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7 Sight-Reading Tips From ClarinetMike

The tips and related quotes below are from one of my ClarinetMike Clinics (CLICK HERE). 7 Sight-Reading Tips From ClarinetMike by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Sight-Read. “Just Do It!” The best way to learn to read at sight is to … Continue reading

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2018 Clarinet Colloquium Schedule of Events

Below is the performing and class schedule for the upcoming FREE 2018 Clarinet Colloquium (link) at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. Hats off to Dr. Mary Druhan and all the great folks at TAMUC plus … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Teaching Tip: “Play Like You Are First Chair”

ClarinetMike Teaching Tip: “Play Like You Are First Chair” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” I have noticed that it is sometimes difficult to get across to a student how to project their sound well when playing a solo for a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike in Italy 2018! Orfeo Music Festival 2018 Application Information and MORE!

ClarinetMike in Italy 2018! As previously posted, 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) this coming summer, July 5-19, 2018. Who? … Continue reading

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