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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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Little Mistakes Make Big Problems Happen: Bridge Key Alignment!

Little Mistakes Make Big Problems Happen: Bridge Key Alignment! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Recently, I had an excellent student announce that her clarinet wasn’t working properly. After I did an inspection, I noticed that she had not lined up the bridge keys … Continue reading

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