Category Archives: All-State

ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide and Clinic Notes!

Here in Texas, the TMEA high school all-state band audition music will be released in 4 weeks on Monday, July 12, 2021 at noon on the TMEA.org website. Plus, ATSSB students are already busily working away on their audition music … Continue reading

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10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

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

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7 Time Management Tips

7  Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Get a Plan! Make some kind of schedule or time 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 … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Practice After a Finger Cut

Recently, a fantastic student clarinetist I know cut their finger. So, I started wondering, “How can a student keep making progress on the clarinet when a finger is ‘out of action’ for a little while or possibly longer.” One of … Continue reading

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7 Sight-Reading Tips

7 Sight-Reading Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Sight-Read. “Just Do It!” The best way to learn to read at sight is to do it every day. Make sure to sight-read all different kinds and levels of music. A nice book … Continue reading

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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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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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