Category Archives: ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips

15 All-State Clarinet Resources: Rose 32, 40, Caprices, and More!

On Monday, July 12, the Texas TMEA All-State audition etudes were revealed. As in years past, Rose Etudes will be used for soprano and low clarinets (and Texas ATSSB soprano clarinets). Other states in the USA also use Rose Etudes … Continue reading

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TMEA All-State Available! PLUS “5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started!”

Hey! Today at noon, the official the Texas TMEA All-State Band 2021-2022 audition materials were posted online. Below, I have posted screenshots of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets from the official TMEA website. I’ve already started to break … Continue reading

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ClarinetFest 2021 Virtual! Free Registration and Open to All!

Intro: Due to COVID-19, the International Clarinet Association made the difficult decision to move ClarinetFest® 2021 to a virtual format. Each conference event will have a unique online air time over four weekends in July (Fridays through Sundays) but will also remain … Continue reading

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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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NACWPI 2021 National Conference: Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, October 22-24!

TEXAS! As a NACWPI past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I’m proud and excited to pass along the following announcement from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI]! NACWPI 2021 National ConferenceOctober 22-24, … 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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Job Search Help: “LinkedIn, Lumpy, and Me”

Spring is here and I know many of you are considering looking for a new job.  Some of you are soon to be spending lots of quality time at the TMEA Job Vacancy Search page! Therefore, I am reposting the … 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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