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

Hey! Today at noon, the official the Texas TMEA All-State Band 2021-2022 audition materials were posted online. Below, I have posted screenshots of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets from the official TMEA website. I’ve already started to break … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Guide and Clinic Notes!

Here in Texas, the TMEA high school all-state band audition music will be released in 4 weeks on Monday, July 12, 2021 at noon on the TMEA.org website. Plus, ATSSB students are already busily working away on their audition music … Continue reading

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Application Deadline Extended to July 1 for NACWPI 2021 National Conference at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, October 22-24!

Received the following email from Ted Hoffman, Executive Secretary of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Also below is updated conference application information. “The due date for NACWPI 2021 National Conference performance and presentation proposals has been extended to … Continue reading

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10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

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

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NACWPI 2021 National Conference: Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, October 22-24!

TEXAS! As a NACWPI past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I’m proud and excited to pass along the following announcement from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI]! NACWPI 2021 National ConferenceOctober 22-24, … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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