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Israel! ClarinetMike Israel Tour 2021

BIG NEWS! In late April 2021, I will tour Israel giving clarinet recitals and master classes! Plus, I will give an exciting World Premiere! More details soon! Please Join my Official Facebook Page, Israel Tour 2021, HERE, to get all … Continue reading

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Job Interview [and Teaching!] Help from Coach John Wooden

I know many of you are looking for a new (or better!) job. So, below I offer some tips from an article I wrote in the NACWPI Journal a few years ago based on my study of the works of … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike to Perform on Livestream Recital, Saturday, May 30!

NEWS! I’ll be performing Austin Ali’s recent work, Transposing A Feeling: For Bailey Sikorski, on a FREE online recital over the Internet on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm CDT (12:30 am UTC/GMT). The live broadcast will be on … Continue reading

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Program Notes for Upper Midwest Tour 2020: ClarinetMike to Give Two World Premieres!

As previously posted, I’ll be giving clarinet recitals and master classes on a solo tour of Michigan and Ohio in a couple weeks. On the tour, I’ll be giving the World Premieres of two super cool new works! Below are … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Articulation: ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise

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 something extra: a new ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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Upper Midwest Tour 2020: ClarinetMike to Perform and Give Master Classes in Michigan and Ohio in February 2020!

HEY! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving clarinet recitals and master classes on a solo tour of Michigan and Ohio this coming February 2020! I’ll be performing new music for solo clarinet, including a world premiere and possibly … Continue reading

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10 Performance Anxiety Tips

One of the most frequent questions I get in master classes, clinics, lessons, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of playing in front of people. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost 10 common sense tips on dealing with … 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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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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