It’s the back to school season and we’d like to take a moment to highlight one of our favorite teachers: Pete Lewis. Pete found Tutti in the app store and used the Essential Grooves collection with his high school students. Pete is an impressive musician and teacher based in Colorado. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know him. You can find out more about his music here.
Name: Pete Lewis
School: Monarch High School, Louisville, Colorado
What do you teach? For how long have you been teaching?
I’ve taught Jazz Band for 25 years.
Are you in a band outside of school? What instrument(s) do you play?
I freelance on saxophone and woodwinds. I have played with the Colorado Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, etc. I lead two jazz groups, Colorado Composers Big Band and Expeditions.
What is your proudest moment as a musician and/or teacher?
There have been many great moments as a musician which gives me great motivation as a teacher. My greatest moments are are making positive impacts on my students’ lives-musically or just in a general way.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Stay positive in spite of what may surround you……
Do have a tip for teachers using new technology in the classroom?
It should be a tool for opening new pathways of learning and self discovery.
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