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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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15 Performance Anxiety Tips

All-Region Auditions! Chair Tests! Music Juries! Final Exams! One of the most frequent questions I get in lessons, master classes, clinics, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of playing in front of people. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost some common … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas ATSSB All-State Soprano Clarinet Preparation Tips 2018-2019

Below are my complete clinic notes for this year’s ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) All-State Soprano Clarinet Audition Materials. For official listing of audition materials, click here (Use Year C for 2018-19). ClarinetMike’s Texas ATSSB All-State Clarinet Clinic 2018-2019: … Continue reading

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