“Music, more than anything else, is play. That’s why, when we’re doing it, we call it playing.”
Tyler Cotner has been composing and performing music since he was 6 years old.
Growing up in a very musical household in sunny southern California, Tyler studied classical piano before branching out into playing a diverse selection of both styles and instruments, including drums, vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele, and many others. Throughout his teaching career, which started in high school, Tyler has always sought to keep music education both relevant to his students’ lives and accessible to those who don’t otherwise have access to it, which is why he has spent the past two years working for a musical non-profit in Hyde Park.
As a performing musician, Tyler has played jazz piano in big bands and combos, keyboards in professional wedding and event bands, bass and drums in singer/songwriter recording sessions and live shows, and worked for three years as the musical director of Boston University’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, In Achord.
Bachelor’s in Music Education, Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Boston University, 2018 Idyllwild Arts Jazz Program, 2012-2013
Studied Classical Composition with Ketty Nez and Martin Amlin
Studied Classical Piano with Victor Cayres, Konstantinos Papadakis, and Linda Jiorle-Nagy Student Teaching with Tyrone Sutton of Boston Arts Academy, Winter 2018
Student Teaching with Ruth Debrot of Sharon Middle School, Spring 2018
Eryn Allen Kane, Aviary: Act 1
Bill Evans, Portrait in Jazz
Hiatus Kaiyote, Choose Your Weapon Thirdstory, Cold Heart
Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues
Favorite Composers: Stephen Sondheim Rachel Price
Olivier Messiaen Caroline Shaw Wayne Shorter