Category Archives: All-State

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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“Unkink Your Hose!”

A few years ago, the city of Hurst, Texas sent out some nice folks to put down new grass in my lawn where they had previously dug it up to fix a water line. As I got out the ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Tone: The ABC Exercise!

The ABC Exercise comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard. I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) on and off for a number of years. Recently, I’ve been consistently using it … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing

Here’s some tips that will help you make the most of your practice sessions. 7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice First. “Work expands to fill the time available.” (A time management maxim known as “Parkinson’s Law.”) … Continue reading

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Practice Tip: “Practice with a Practice Routine”

Below is the Practice Routine I use and teach. Don’t feel obligated to hit every single item below every day. Use your creativity and common sense to rotate things around in a routine of Basics, Scales, and Music – this … Continue reading

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Free Skype Clarinet Lessons With ClarinetMike

To help out students stuck at home due to coronavirus school and university closings and to celebrate the 9th Anniversary of this ClarinetMike Blog, I’ve decided to offer free Skype clarinet lessons for the rest of the month of March. … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Articulation: ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise

One of the most important (and tricky) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is an articulation exercise that I’ve found very helpful with my students and in my own playing. Also, below is something extra: a new ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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Extra Time Management Tip!

I recently posted 10 Time Management Tips on my ClarinetMike Blog. The third tip is: Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of unexpected visitors when they drop by your practice room or office to just “chat.” A few years ago, … Continue reading

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