Teacher Spotlight: Pete Lewis


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.

Pete Lewis

Pete Lewis

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.

Thanks Pete!

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Teacher Spotlight: Giving Thanks to Theo Vernon


Happy Thanksgiving Tutti family!

It’s the season for giving thanks and this week we are feeling especially grateful for all of the amazing teachers and musicians who help fill our world with music.

We’d like to shine the spotlight on one of our favorites: Theo Vernon. We met Theo through Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program. His enthusiasm for jazz and teaching music is truly inspiring. Theo: thanks for all you do.

theovernonTheo Vernon
Band Director at Grissom High School
Huntsville, Alabama

What do you teach? Instrumental Music (concert, jazz and marching bands)

For how long have you been teaching? 29 years

What instrument(s) do you play? Saxophone, flute, clarinet, bassoon

What was your proudest moment as a musician and/or teacher? Performing on stage with cellist Yo-Yo Ma for our Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s 50th anniversary. Our jazz band being accepted to the Essentially Ellington Festival in 1999!

Best advice you ever received? It’s who you know.

Do you have a tip to share with teachers using new technology in the classroom? Be sure your IT folks know how to make everything work the way you need it to work. Some school systems have many things blocked.

Anything else you want to say? I am enjoying using Tutti Player to prepare my students for the Essentially Ellington Festival. It is a great teaching/learning tool.

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