Music Rising at Tulane Launches New Site


This month a new website was launched by Tulane’s Center for the Gulf Coast South and Music Rising, a non-profit started by legendary producer Bob Ezrin, U2′s The Edge, and a host of other industry partners. Tutti Dynamics partnered with Tulane and Music Rising to provide interactive educational content for this special project.

The innovative website features a curriculum, original content, artists’ biographies and instructional programs designed to increase the study of the Gulf South’s rich musical cultures among schoolchildren and scholars alike. Tutti Music Player featuring content from New Orleans masters musicians is featured in the Resources section.iOS-Product-Page-v7-App-Store-Button

Read more at Silicon Bayou.


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

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!

Would you like Tutti to visit your classroom? Just let us know! support (at)

Tutti School Tour: Three More High Schools, Lots More Fun


schooltourThe Tutti team visited three high school bands over the last few weeks: Newton South, Brooklyn High School of the Arts, and The Berkeley Carroll School. All of the schools are participating in this year’s Essentially Ellington program through Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Charles Burchell (a Tutti team member who studied at New England Conservatory, has a Masters in Arts Education from Harvard, and is the drummer in the Essential Grooves and Love Experiment Tutti collections) talked to the students about studying music in college, life as a touring musician, and the Tutti Music Player.

It was a blast to meet these music students (and their awesome band directors), hear their questions and thoughts, and watch their reaction to the Tutti Music Player.  We hope to see many of them again at the Essentially Ellington competition in May!

Would you like the Tutti team to visit your classroom? Drop us a line! kristen (at)

Tutti School Tour: Loyola University


loyolaWe had a great time presenting to Seniors enrolled in Loyola’s Music Entrepreneurship class last night. They were insightful and also visionary when discussing the most critical questions that need to be answered when building a start-up music technology company.

Clearly, they were well prepared. Their professor, Elliott Adams, is a leader in the entrepreneurial community in New Orleans and is the former CTO of CD Baby.

We look forward to watching what these students accomplish after graduation. It looks like there are some budding entrepreneurs (and some rock stars) in the group.

Welcome Essentially Ellington Schools!


Essentially EllingtonIt’s that time of year again!

This year’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington program is underway! We are excited to be working with the thousands of schools around the world that signed up for the Essentially Ellington 2013 – 2014  jazz contest.

One of the many perks of signing up for Essentially Ellington is the ability to access eight free songs featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the Tutti Music Player. This year’s eight songs were composed by Duke Ellington and Gerald Wilson and they are beauties. The line-up includes:

- Chinoiserie
- Dissonance in Blues
- Flirtibird
- I Like the Sunrise
- Nancy Jo
- Perdido
- Teri
- Uptown Downbeat

With Tutti Music Player, students can practice playing with the members of the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra. Band Directors can watch the instruction and performance of Wynton Marsalis. The interactive video player enables users to dig deep into the JLCO performances like never before.

If you are a music student or teacher looking for access to your special Essentially Ellington 2013 – 2014 account – email us and we will hook you up with your free log-in!

email: support (at)

Tutti School Tour: John McDonogh Senior High School


JMSHThis week the Tutti team visited with students at John McDonogh Senior High School in New Orleans to talk about music, technology and entrepreneurship. We had a great time!

We appreciated the students feedback on the Tutti Music Player and enjoyed working with them on their ideas for building new businesses in the arts. Thanks to the Creative Alliance of New Orleans for inviting us to participate in their program!

Would you like the Tutti team to visit your school? Just let us know! Contact us at kristen (at)

Tutti Music Player for the Classroom


This school year, Tutti Music Player is changing the way students learn to play music at home and in the classroom.  Recently recognized as one of the “cool new education technology tools” in music education, Tutti is offering Fall specials to music classrooms and high school bands.

Tutti Music Player is an interactive video platform that enables students to focus on each musician in the band and view each instrument from multiple angles. Additionally, students can mute and solo audio tracks, view digital sheet music, loops sections of the song, and play along with the band. The Player is designed for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC.

The library currently features music by professors from Berklee College of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Love Experiment, and some of New Orleans most respected jazz musicians. Tutti’s educational music playalongs are available for piano, drums, guitar, bass, voice, and more.

High schools and universities around the country are using Tutti Music Player in their music classrooms. To find out more about Tutti Dynamics educational licenses and special back-to-school pricing contact us.

Back-to-School Specials – Tutti for the Classroom


Wow the summer went fast!

We’re celebrating the back-to-school season by offering band directors special classroom subscriptions to the Tutti library. Email us to find out more:

High school band directors are signing up because:

1.) Our grooves help your Rhythm Section become solid as a rock
     - These grooves provide a basis for your players to get tight and increase their vocabulary.

2.) Your students will practice and become fluent in a variety of musical genres

3.) Students are less prone to developing bad habits
     - They’ll be playing at home with master musicians

4.) Your students will spend more time practicing outside of rehearsal
     - Practicing with Tutti is more fun!

If you’re looking for cool, interactive, and effective materials for your music class or band, please reach out. You and your students will be able to use the Tutti Player on computers, iPads and even personal iPhones.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Music Winners!


This month, the finalists for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington high school music competition gathered in New York.  The high school bands were treated to a one-on-one with Wynton Marsalis and an open music rehearsal with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. The high school jazz bands then gave some incredible live performances!

The video of the announcement of the three top jazz bands is here.

The Tutti Team had a great time helping high schools around the world prepare for this year’s Essentially Ellington jazz competition with Tutti Music Player.

Congratulations to all of the jazz bands that participated! Can’t wait for next year!


The top-placing bands in the 2012-2013 Essentially Ellington program were:

First Place
Tucson Jazz Institute, Tucson, AZ
Second Place
Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ
Third Place
Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA
Honorable Mention
Dillard Center for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL



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