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The ABC Exercise!

The ABC Exercise comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard. I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) on and off for a number of years. I’ve lately been using it a … Continue reading

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Upgrade Your Performing and Teaching: Load Great Habits!

When I was a kid, I played little league baseball. While fielding a position, my coaches taught me to keep my right thumb between my first two fingers when the pitcher started to make his pitch. This way, if a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Top 10 Tips for Successful Private Lessons!

Schools of all kinds are starting here in the USA and for most music students that means back to private lessons. For many students it also means a new city, new school, and a new private lesson teacher. The tips … Continue reading

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7 Tricks For Clarinet Teachers

Are you a new clarinet teacher looking for help? Are you a seasoned clarinet teacher looking for upgrades? Have you taught the clarinet since the Hoover Presidency and want to continue to improve? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! … 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. 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 coming … Continue reading

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12 Texas All-State Clarinet Resources: The Rose 32 Etudes

Recently, the Texas TMEA All-State audition etudes were revealed. As in years past, the etudes selected for soprano and low clarinets (and ATSSB soprano clarinets) are Rose Etudes. Other states in the USA also use Rose etudes for their high … Continue reading

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Texas TMEA All-State Clarinet Audition Etudes 2019-2020 Available! PLUS “ClarinetMike’s 5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started”

Hey! I just returned from performing and teaching in Italy, so….Here We Go! Today, the official 2019-2020 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 … Continue reading

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