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Described by Discorder Magazine as a "compositional tour de force", award winning composer and musician Mike WT Allen has been forging his own pathway through the Vancouver music scene since graduating from Capilano University's jazz program with a degree in composition in 2014.
Mike composes for, plays with, produces, and records music with a number of groups and artists around Vancouver over a vast range of musical styles, as well as producing soundtracks for local award winning films and commercials.
When it comes to teaching, Mike applies this same level of eclecticism to try to engage his students from whatever angle piques their interest. Sometimes this yields strange results like hip-hop versions of classical piano etudes, collaborative 5 minute long "noise jam" recordings, or pieces played entirely with a duck sound effect. Yes, these are all things that have actually happened in lessons, and we swear they were all at least somewhat educational.