Tyler Mazone is a deaf composer from New York State and is currently living in Michigan. He is working towards a Master's in Composition at Michigan State University and is a graduate of The Crane School of Music. Tyler writes mainly chamber, solo, and large ensemble music. His music has been played by ensembles such as The _____ Experiment and the US Air Force Band. Tyler's main goal is to continue the work of accessibility and to reach a wider range of audiences and performers by improving upon the framework of inclusive practices in music.
I never expected to be composing and playing music like I am today. I was born deaf. I grew up in love with science, video games, and the usual nerdy things a typical boy at that age would be. I merely participated in General Music class. However, when I first chose my instruments in Fourth Grade I was attracted to the clarinet the most. This began my band career, and I was in for quite a journey. My deafness made it a huge challenge for me to learn how to play music. I struggled to learn how to practice and listen to myself play the clarinet, but I had several music teachers that helped me along the way. I wanted to grow and get better to be able to enjoy music even more. I started composing because I wanted to create the magical music that I heard in video game soundtracks but I eventually started learning how to compose by studying scores and listening in rehearsals. This enabled me to indulge in the music even more, and I enjoy it on a deeper level than before.
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