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.
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.