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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

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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

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The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb

The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Ebby Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Below I offer my opinions on two fingerings that I think should be taught and used by beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught … Continue reading

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Program Notes for Duo 35 Concert at NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2020 (online) featuring TWO World Premieres!

Hey! Duo 35, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I, have been invited to perform at the National Conference Online of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) on Saturday, October 10, at 1:15 pm central time. NACWPI will hold … Continue reading

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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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