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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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The Easy Way to Learn Music Fast: “I Will Clap The Music Every Day!”

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

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SWAB YOUR CLARINET!!!

Spring Break is over here in Texas, but the weather is beautiful and mild –  lots of sun and 70 degree temperatures! [Hang In There Northeast USA!] Nevertheless, there’s a lingering issue I must comment on. It has come to … 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 7 more.” 7 Ways 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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Dogs, Baseball and Clarinet Playing! Harness the POWER of Great Clarinet Habits for You and Your Students!

BASEBALL! 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 at TMEA 2018: Free Clarinet Consulting!

GOT CLARINET QUESTIONS? —  GET CLARINET ANSWERS! I will be offering FREE clarinet advice and good cheer at the Texas Music Educators Association [TMEA] Clinic/Convention 2018 on February 14-17 in beautiful downtown San Antonio. I’ll be at the BG Franck … Continue reading

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SLAY THE AUDITION! Check Out ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist!

Happy Thanksgiving! I know many of you have all-region auditions, competitions, concerts, hearings, recitals, music juries, etc. in the coming weeks, so I’ve reposted my Performing Checklist below. This is a follow-up to my recent 15 Performing Anxiety Tips – CLICK … Continue reading

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