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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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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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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 Sight-Reading Tips

7 Sight-Reading Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Sight-Read. “Just Do It!” The best way to learn to read at sight is to do it every day. Make sure to sight-read all different kinds and levels of music. A nice … 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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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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BROKEN New Year’s Resolutions? Think HABITS Instead!

As of today, a few [some…many…most…all!] of you who made New Year’s Resolutions have broken at least one [some…many…most…all!]. Don’t give up! Below is some help for you – and ME! Let us think about and work on our HABITS, such … 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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