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Duo 35 Plays ELVIS! Program Notes for Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019! Saxophonist Todd Oxford and ClarinetMike Perform at TMEA on Friday, February 15 at 2 pm!

As previously posted, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I have been invited to perform at the HUGE Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention 2019 in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas on Friday, February 15 at 2 p.m.!  Leading up to our big TMEA … Continue reading

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7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately]

ClarinetMike says, “The granddaddy (and best) of all clarinet tone quick fixes is ‘More Air.’ Here’s 7 more.” 7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise [aka BTE or “Betty”]

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 in my students and my own playing. ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise [aka BTE  or “Betty”] by … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike In Italy 2019! Orfeo Music Festival 2019 Application Information and MORE!

NEWS! I’ve accepted an appointment to again return as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival in the beautiful Italian Alps in Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) this coming summer, July 5-19, 2019. Check It Out! Orfeo Music Festival 2019 … Continue reading

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12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! Follow These and Your Performing Will Skyrocket!

Hey! Below are some common-sense tips that will help students get the most out of private lessons. 12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice. Treat private lessons like an important class. Carefully and completely do … Continue reading

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BROKEN New Year’s Resolutions? Think HABITS Instead!

As of today, a few [some…many…most…all!] of you who made New Year’s Resolutions have broken at least one [some…many…most…all!]. Don’t give up! Below is some help for you – and ME! Let us think about and work on our HABITS, such … Continue reading

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5 Simple Rules for Making New Year’s Resolutions

Hey! Most years I make New Year’s Resolutions and I’m sure you do, too! Below are some common-sense guidelines I came up with a couple years ago to help you (and ME!) make and keep at least some of them! 5 … Continue reading

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