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 Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he returned 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 Tricks For Clarinet Teachers

Are you a new clarinet teacher looking for help? Are you a seasoned clarinet teacher looking for upgrades? Have you taught the clarinet since the Hoover Presidency and want to continue to improve? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! … Continue reading

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

Here are 10 general practice tips for preparing the All-State etudes, solos, or any music. Hey Teachers! I have marked a few spots, [BAD PEDAGOGY], to indicated opportunities for teachers to correct and upgrade their instruction. Watch for MORE All-State help … Continue reading

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

As in the past, this year’s Texas TMEA All-State audition etudes for soprano and low clarinets (and ATSSB soprano clarinets) are Rose Etudes – Texas uses the David Hite edition, Artistic Studies, Book 1 – From the French School. Other states in the USA … Continue reading

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5 Step All-State Preparation Outline [Clinic]

The All-State Preparation Outline below is loaded with information from my ClarinetMike All-State Clarinet Clinics (click here).  Included in the outline is a template I use in preparing my annual Complete Clinic Notes on the all-state etudes. Look for more … Continue reading

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TEXAS TMEA All-State Clarinet Audition Etudes 2018-2019 for Soprano and Low Clarinets Now Available! PLUS “ClarinetMike’s 5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started”

Today, the official audition materials for the Texas TMEA All-State Band for 2018-2019 were posted online. BELOW I have posted screenshots from the official TMEA.org website of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets.  The materials for all band instruments … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike to Give World Premiere at Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy!

In a couple weeks, I leave for Italy! As previously posted, I’m again returning as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) on July 5-19, 2018. One of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…. I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below is a follow-up on my recent post, 7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer! Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do … Continue reading

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