Tag Archives: Clarinet Practice

Extra Time Management Tip!

I recently posted 10 Time Management Tips on my ClarinetMike Blog. The third tip is: Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of unexpected visitors when they drop by your practice room or office to just “chat.” A few years ago, … Continue reading

Posted in All, All-State, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Time Management Tips

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are often a super busy time for musicians (and everyone!). Therefore, I offer the following 10 Time Management Tips – with a few NEW updates – from an article I published in the NACWPI … Continue reading

Posted in All, All-State, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Don’t Look Down!

I’ve noticed that many young clarinetists, especially beginners, at times have a tendency to look down their clarinets while playing. Looking down the clarinet while playing can create bad habits and problems:  embouchure, head position, posture, etc. can be impacted. … Continue reading

Posted in All, ClarinetMike's 101 Clarinet Tips, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Upgrade Your Sound: Project!

Today I gave six all-state clarinet and bass clarinet master classes at a high school here in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. In today’s master classes, I worked on improving the tone qualities of the students and this included working on their … Continue reading

Posted in All, All-State, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Head In The Right Direction!”

Proportions of the Head (c. 1488 – 1489) is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. In a recent video post, I considered the importance of not leaning over too much when playing the clarinet. A related issue is that of … Continue reading

Posted in All, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing!

I know many of you are practicing feverishly preparing for all-region, all-state, lessons, concerts, orchestra auditions, concerto competitions, university auditions, recital hearings, juries, etc. Below are some tips that will help you make the most of your practice sessions. 7 … Continue reading

Posted in All, All-State, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

ClarinetMike’s “Practice Tips A to Z” [Complete Article]

Practice Tips A to Z by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” The following are some ideas I have found useful with my students and in my own practicing. An easy-print PDF of this article can be found HERE. A. Always ARTC (Approach, Relaxation, Tone, … Continue reading

Posted in All, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment