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 will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. 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. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas 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, and Bob Ackerman. 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 Your Practicing!

I know many of you are practicing feverishly preparing for all-region, all-state, lessons, concerts, orchestra auditions, concerto competitions, university auditions, recital hearings, juries, etc. Below are some tips that will help you make the most of your practice sessions. 7 … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Master Class Video: Posture!

  I discuss two simple posture adjustments in the above master class video (recorded at Florida State University): 1.  Don’t perform with the clarinet bell right under the music stand. Take a step back. 2. Stand (or sit) up straighter … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s “Practice Tips A to Z” [Complete Article]

Practice Tips A to Z by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” The following are some ideas I have found useful with my students and in my own practicing. An easy-print PDF of this article can be found HERE. A. Always ARTC (Approach, Relaxation, Tone, … Continue reading

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Practice Tip: “I Will Clap The Music Every Day!”

Inside ClarinetMike’s Studio: A few years ago, one of my bright-eyed junior high students, Ian, came to a lesson and played music that he was preparing for a contest. He did an excellent performance of the notes; however, the rhythms … Continue reading

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“Polka!” Etude No. 3 All-State Tips from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 3 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes.  My previously published notes on Etude 1 and 2 are available: Etude 1 here and Etude 2 here. ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State … Continue reading

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TIPS! All-State Etude No. 2 “The Slow Etude” Preparation Help from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 2 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes.  My notes on Etude 1 are available here. Watch for my notes on Etude 3 coming soon! ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State Clarinet … Continue reading

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How To Practice: Clarinet Power! Practice Routine from ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clinic

How To Practice: Prepare the All-State Music (plus solos, band music, etc.) inside an organized practice routine that addresses basics and scales. TIP: Don’t feel obligated to hit every single item below every day. Use your creativity and common sense … Continue reading

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