Tag Archives: Clarinet

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

Posted in All, All-State, ClarinetMike's 101 Clarinet Tips, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in All, ClarinetMike's 101 Clarinet Tips, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ClarinetMike Blog 10th Anniversary!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” ClarinetMike says, “Hey! Heartfelt thanks to each of you who have read the blog and interacted with me these past 10 years.” HISTORY: Early in 2011, Mrs. ClarinetMike said to me, “Hey, you should start a … Continue reading

Posted in All, News, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in All, All-State, ClarinetMike's 101 Clarinet Tips, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Orfeo Music Festival, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast!

ClarinetMike says, “More Air is the granddaddy of all clarinet tone quick fixes. Here’s five more.” 5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed. Inspect the reed of each and every student. … Continue reading

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

Improve Clarinet Articulation!

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 with my students and in my own playing. Also, below is a ClarinetMike Illustration, i.e. “Storytime … Continue reading

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

12 Leadership and Teaching Tips from John Wooden

Recently here at ClarinetMike HQ, we have been discussing the leadership and teaching ideas of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. So, to tip-off my blog in 2021 with a little inspiration, I offer some tips from an article I wrote … Continue reading

Posted in All, ClarinetMike's 101 Clarinet Tips, ClarinetMike's Clarinet Teacher Tips, Performance & Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ClarinetMike 2020 Annual Report

Here’s the 2020 Annual Report on my ClarinetMike Blog, ClarinetMike QuickTips, YouTube Videos, ClarinetMike QuickClips, Master Classes, Performances, and more. The ClarinetMike Blog remains one of the top clarinet blogs on the Internet.  Google Search continues to report it as … Continue reading

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

ClarinetMike Performs with Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble!

I’m Principal Clarinetist with a new group, the Dallas Chamber Wind Ensemble. We recently recorded our inaugural concert that will be broadcast on YouTube here and simulcast on our DCWE Facebook page here this coming Sunday, January 3 at 7 … Continue reading

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

7 Time Management Tips

7  Time Management Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Get a Plan, Man! Get some kind of 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 success. … Continue reading

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