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10 Graduate School Rules For Student Success!

Hey! I know some of you are anxiously waiting to hear on admission and financial aid from graduate schools for the coming fall. [I know how tough it can be: Hang In There!] Others of you are considering graduate school … Continue reading

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“Feed The Rhy-No!” [Very Important Update on ClarinetMike’s Rhy-No Practice Technique]

It was a dark and stormy night and I was practicing for some upcoming premieres at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy this summer. I was getting sleepy, so I went over to my nearby couch to rest and fell … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s “Rhy-No Practice Technique”

ClarinetMike’s “Rhy-No Practice Technique” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Kirk: “Hey ClarinetMike! The UIL Contest Music is hard! I don’t know how to work on it!” ClarinetMike: “Kirk, don’t panic [or go to red alert]. Just spend quality time with … Continue reading

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2019 Clarinet Colloquium Schedule of Events

Hey! The amazing Mary Alice Druhan and the great folks at Texas A&M University-Commerce will again be hosting another fabulous Clarinet Colloquium on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the music building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce! Below is … Continue reading

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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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