Monthly Archives: November 2013

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.

Film Society Lincoln Center: Music Paints a Moving Picture Down in the Treme

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Tradition2Tradition is a Temple, the music documentary created by Tutti’s founders, played at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Thursday night. A great crowd turned out for the screening, which was selected as part of Lincoln Center’s series Art of the Real. The laughing, clapping, and thoughtful Q&A made for a special evening of celebrating New Orleans in New York. Thanks to everyone who came out!

The Lincoln Center Film Daily featured an interview with Director Darren Hoffman:

“As anyone who has been there knows, the unique character of New Orleans arises largely from its long and storied musical tradition. Darren Hoffman’s documentary Tradition Is a Temple explores this culture through fascinating interviews with the city’s musical masters and dynamic filmed performances. We spoke with musician-turned-director Hoffman about his doc, which screens Thursday in our monthly Art of the Real series…”

 Find the rest of the article here.



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 at NAFME 2013 Music Education Conference

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NAFMEWe had a great time at this year’s NAFME Conference in Nashville. The NAFME event brought together an awesome group of music teachers, students, and pioneers in the music education industry. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Tutti learning lounge to say hello.

At NAFME we met the founders of a few music education tech companies that are doing some great things in music education. Tutti friends and family take note – these services could make your life easier:

1.) provides free classroom management software that helps music teachers streamline communications, track inventory and instrument maintenance, fundraise, and plan the school year. The company recently partnered with NAFME to provide schools around the country first class management tools.

2.) Acceptd
Acceptd was founded to better connect applicants with opportunities in arts education and streamline the recruiting and review process for decision-makers. Acceptd believes the right opportunities should be accessible to any applicant regardless of geography or socio-economic status. Acceptd has partnered with leading institutions in music, visual art, dance and theater.

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Tutti Selected as Winner of SF MusicTech Showcase

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awardSF MusicTech brings together leaders in the music, tech, start-up, and investment worlds for a conference in San Francisco. When Tutti was just getting started – we were constantly told: “you gotta go to SF MusicTech.”

This Fall, we were honored to be selected as one of the winning “Notable Start-Ups” as part of SF Music Tech’s Start-Up Showcase. We were in good company. You can view the other winners, along with archives of past panels, on their site here.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next SF MusicTech Summit!

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