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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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Practice Tip: “I Will Clap The Music Every Day!”

Inside ClarinetMike’s Studio: A few years ago, one of my bright-eyed junior high students, Ian, came to a lesson and played music that he was preparing for a contest. He did an excellent performance of the notes; however, the rhythms … Continue reading

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Upgrade Your Performing and Teaching: Load Great Habits!

When I was a kid, I played little league baseball. While fielding a position, my coaches taught me to keep my right thumb between my first two fingers when the pitcher started to make his pitch. This way, if a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Top 10 Tips for Successful Private Lessons!

Schools of all kinds are starting here in the USA and for most music students that means back to private lessons. For many students it also means a new city, new school, and a new private lesson teacher. The tips … Continue reading

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Urgent Clarinet Maintenance: “Swab Your Clarinet and Clarinet Mouthpiece!”

Urgent Clarinet Maintenance: “Swab Your Clarinet and Clarinet Mouthpiece!” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” “Common sense (the best tool in a teacher’s toolbox) clearly indicates you should swab out your clarinet, including the mouthpiece, after every practice or performance, etc. … Continue reading

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

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12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! Follow These and Your Performing Will Skyrocket!

Hey! Below are some common-sense tips that will help students get the most out of private lessons. 12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice. Treat private lessons like an important class. Carefully and completely do … Continue reading

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