Tyler Mazone is a deaf and neurodivergent 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 Crane Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Bands, The _____ Experiment, and the US Air Force Band. His goal is to continue the work of accessibility and to reach a broader range of audiences and performers by improving upon the framework of inclusive practices in music. Tyler also enjoys performing solo and large ensemble music on the bass clarinet. Outside of music, Tyler enjoys various topics and activities such as science- astronomy in particular- video games, reading, hiking, and watching YouTube.
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.