Tyler began playing piano at a young age and went on to study music at the University of Southern Maine where he graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance. He is very active playing, recording, and writing with Portland based funk/soul band, Sly Chi. As well as The Pete Kilpatrick Band, who has toured with O.A.R and opened for The Dave Matthews Band in the last year. He also plays regularly in various jazz/latin combos.
As a teacher, Tyler believes it is important to create a positive atmosphere while teaching students how to get the most out of practicing. He also spends time in most lessons accompanying students on their pieces so they can realize even from a young age how to play in a group setting.
Tyler attributes much of his ability in popular music to his training in classical music and knowledge of music theory.