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TMEA All-State Available! PLUS “5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started!”

Here We Go! Today, the official 2020-2021 audition materials for the Texas TMEA All-State Band were posted online. Below, I have posted screenshots from the official TMEA.org website of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets.  I’ve already started to … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide

Here in Texas, the TMEA high school all-state band audition music is soon to be released. Plus, ATSSB students are already busily working away on their audition music. Below is a five-step guide to preparing the all-state materials.  The steps … 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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Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Lessons. Take online private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to … Continue reading

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“Unkink Your Hose!”

A few years ago, the city of Hurst, Texas sent out some nice folks to put down new grass in my lawn where they had previously dug it up to fix a water line. As I got out the ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Tone: The ABC Exercise!

The ABC Exercise comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard. I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) on and off for a number of years. Recently, I’ve been consistently using it … Continue reading

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Duo 35 in Miami, Florida! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford to Perform at the NACWPI/CMS 2020 National Conference, October 22-24, 2020

Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I (Duo 35) have been invited to perform at the National Conference of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) on October 22-24, 2020 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida! NACWPI will … Continue reading

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7 Ways 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 seven more.” 7 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band directors … Continue reading

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7 MORE Performing Secrets from ClarinetMike!

This is a follow up to my recent ClarinetMike Blog post, ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets! 7 MORE Performing Secrets from ClarinetMike! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Number Measures At The Left Margin On Your Music. Don’t number every measure – it’s too … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets!

Below are 10 small items I carry in my clarinet case. ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’” ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Darker Lead Pencil. I always try … Continue reading

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