Tag Archives: All-State

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Clarinet Playing This Summer!

“Championships are won in the off-season.” The above is true in the music world as in the sports world.  Summer is when our clarinet playing can make major strides and thus enable us to perform well in the fall at … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist

ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist Below is a checklist based on many years of giving performances and presentations and teaching students to do the same. Every audition, jury, performance, clinic, etc. is different, so focus on the ones below that apply to … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Performance Anxiety Tips

Auditions! Music Juries! Finals! One of the most common questions I get in lessons, master classes, clinics, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of performing. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost some common-sense tips on dealing with performance anxiety. Further help on coping … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “Feed The Rhy-No!”

It was a dark and stormy night and I was practicing Robert Fruehwald’s Andy and Me for an upcoming recital. I was getting sleepy, so I went over to my nearby couch and took a nap. I had the most amazing dream. In … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: The Rhy-No Practice Technique

The Rhy-No Practice Technique Phyllis: “ClarinetMike! The All-State Music is hard! I don’t know how to work on it!” ClarinetMike: “Don’t panic Phyllis. Just spend quality time with the Practice Rhy-No.” One of the most important things that a music teacher needs … Continue reading

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10 All-State Practice Tips!

Here are 10 general practice tips for preparing the All-State audition etudes (or any music). More All-State help coming soon from ClarinetMike! Go Slow. Load correct information only! Go slow and learn the rhythm and notes correctly the first time and every time. … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic: Preparation Guide

The Texas TMEA All-State Audition music has been posted – CLICK HERE. Also, the Texas ATSSB audition materials are available HERE. The guide below is from my Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic Lecture Notes. Look for more All-State help from ClarinetMike in … Continue reading

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