New Release: Introduction to Guitar


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 We’re happy to announce the release of a beginner guitar collection composed and performed by Thaddeus Hogarth. These songs complement the Introduction to Guitar course that Thaddeus teaches on the Coursera platform.

Sign in and check out the beginner guitar songs here.

Thaddeus Hogarth is an award-winning singer/songwriter and guitar faculty at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. You can learn more about his music on his website.

Born in England and raised in St. Kitts, West Indies, multi-instrumentalist Thaddeus Hogarth brings a diverse set of musical influences to his work. As an original recording artist, he leads a powerhouse unit delivering a collection of serious funk-rock R&B tunes that make you stop, listen and groove.

Thaddeus has previously shared the bill or stage with the likes of such legends as Tower of Power, Ernie Isley, Average White Band, Fred Wesley (James Brown), Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic), Matt Schofield, Steve Kimock, The Neville Brothers, Eric Gales, Johnny Winter and James Montgomery.

As an educator, Thaddeus has authored a highly acclaimed guitar instructional book, “Funk/R&B Guitar: Creative Solos, Grooves and Sounds” on Hal Leonard/Berklee Press. This book outlines his unique approach to guitar instruction. This is explored in depth in his Berklee Music Online Course: Funk R&B Guitar.

His “Intro to Guitar” course on Coursera has been featured on the Today Show and NBC and enrollment has surpassed 120,000 students around the world.

EE Regional Comes to New Orleans

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The Tutti team had a great time meeting with the nine bands, representing four states, that participated in this year’s regional Essentially Ellington festival in New Orleans. Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the University of New Orleans hosted the event.

The high school bands each performed and participated in a master class with professors from the University of New Orleans and instructors from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s EE program. It was day full of great music, education, and laughs.

Participating high schools included: The Dunham School (Baton Rouge, LA), Grissom High School (Huntsville, AL), James Bowie High School (Austin, TX), Kentwood High Magnet School (Kentwood, LA), Little Rock Central High School (Little Rock, AR), The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA), St. Thomas More Catholic School (Lafayette, LA), Westlake High School (Westlake, LA), and Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center (Dallas, Texas).

City Business- Female Entrepreneurs Share their Experiences

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citybusinessTutti Dynamics Co-Founder Kristen McEntyre joined four other female executives on a panel at this week’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Jen Medberry from Kickboard, P.K. Sheerle from American Nursing Services, Lauren Thom from Fleurty Girl, and Cherly Scripter from Bittersweet Confections, and Kristen spoke about their experiences building their businesses.

City Business published a write up here.

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Tutti Presents at Music Tech Fest

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MusicTechFestMusic Tech Fest is brining together an inspiring group of hackers, artists, and educators for a private two day event at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Cambridge. We’re looking forward to presenting Tutti Music Player to the group and meeting up with some old and new friends. You can find out more here.

Tutti Dynamics Wins TechCrunch NOLA

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TCThe Tutti Dynamics team pitched at the TechCrunch NOLA event featuring editors from Tech Crunch, Silicon Bayou News and local investors – and we won!

We’re looking forward to attending TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in May as part of the grand prize. Let us know if you’ll be there!

You can read about the event in the Times Picayune here.



Congratulations to this Year’s EE Finalists


Jazz at Lincoln Center recently announced the finalists for this year’s Essentially Ellington program!  These schools were selected from more than 100 schools that submitted audition recordings. Congratulations to the finalists:

Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)
Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX)
Community Arts Program (Coral Gables, FL)
Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
Jazz House Kids (Montclair, NJ)
Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
Medfield High School (Medfield, MA)
Mt. Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, CA)
Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
Whiteland Community High School (Whiteland, IN)

Throughout March and April, Jazz at Lincoln Center will send, free of charge, a professional jazz musician and educator to each of the 15 finalist band schools to lead an intensive four-hour workshop of rehearsals, lessons, and master classes. The Essentially Ellington Program will also provide free workshops to an underserved school in each of the finalist band communities. The free finalist clinics are part of the rich 19-year history of this unique music education program, which has reached more than 504,000 students in more than 4,200 high schools across all 50 United States, Canada, and American schools abroad.

Beginning on May 8, the 15 bands will compete for top honors and participate in workshops, jam sessions, and more during the three-day Competition & Festival in New York City. The first half of the final concert on May 10 will feature the three top-placing bands performing with a member of the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) as guest soloist. The second half will feature the JLCO – whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend – performing a repertoire of tunes made famous by Duke Ellington. The festival concludes with an awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists, sections and the announcement three top-placing bands. In the program’s history, 267 finalist bands have traveled to New York City to participate in the annual Competition & Festival.

The entire weekend of EE events, including the final concert featuring the three top-placing bands and theJLCO, will be webcast live on

Marketplace: Learning Music by Watching the Feet

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Credit: Joseph Walton / APM


Tutti Music Player and artist Shannon Powell were featured on American Public Media’s Marketplace last week….

“Of all the industries technology is disrupting, the music business is experiencing some of the biggest changes. One thing that has not changed significantly: Music education. But the inventor of a new tool hopes to change that.

Shannon Powell is one of the best drummers in New Orleans. He’s played on a platinum record with Harry Connick Jr. and studied under the New Orleans legend Danny Barker…”

This is where it all started, right here on St. Phillip Street,” says Powell, standing in front of the house where he’s lived his entire life.  “I roamed along this whole neighborhood.”

Powell grew up in the Treme neighborhood, where he learned to play the drums by studying the musicians who passed by his front door every weekend during the second line parades, and by watching the women in church play the tambourine.

“All of the rhythms that I was listening to when I was a kid are assimilated to the street beats of New Orleans,” he explains. “It’s all a part of that Habanera,  African rhythms and Spanish melodies.”

Powell teaches music occasionally at the University of New Orleans. That’s where he met a student named Darren Hoffman.

“He showed me how to play the tambourine,” Hoffman recalls. He was surprised at how the lesson began. Powell told him, “if you want to learn to play the tambourine, watch my feet.”

“The reason why I tell him to watch my feet,” Powell says, “is because when I play the tambourine up high with my hand, I’m doing rhythm with my feet.”

Hoffman realized that much of what he learned in his lessons with Powell came from watching him. “It’s not just in how he sounds, it’s in his style and his personality,” says Hoffman.

Listen to the whole segment, or read the transcript, here.

Tutti School Tour: NOCCA


NOCCAThe Tutti team was thrilled to visit with students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)  last week!

NOCCA is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts, visual arts, and creative writing, while demanding simultaneous academic excellence. Every year 95 – 98% of NOCCA graduates go on to college and conservatory programs across the country. Approximately 80% of NOCCA students receive scholarships to pursue such higher education.

We’ve seen the jazz ensemble perform at New Orleans Jazz Fest and can attest to their skill!

Our team member, Charles, graduated from NOCCA before going on to attend New England Conservatory and Harvard. Charles talked to the students about how to best prepare for college and make the most of their experience at NOCCA. Everyone spent some time playing with Tutti Music Player and talking about the technology. Then Charles and a few of the students played a few songs together. What a great afternoon!

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