Kent M

Kent M
Instrument: Guitar

Kent has a Jazz Performance Diploma majoring in Guitar from Vancouver Island University, studied Contemporary Music Performance for a year at Vancouver Community College, and holds an Arts & Entertainment Management Advanced Certificate from Capilano University in North Vancouver.

After finishing post-secondary, he self-produced three albums of original songs, and played over 400 shows on tour Canada-wide. During this time he toured extensively with Corb Lund, headlined several music festivals in Western Canada, won 1st place in a battle of the bands in Calgary, and sold out several venues in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

Since returning to Calgary, McAlister won 2nd place in his category at the Calgary Folk Fest/Ship & Anchor Songwriting contest in 2015, and also opened for Roseanne Cash earlier that year. He is also a  sought-after sideman, having played guitar with Mariel Buckley at the 2015 Calgary Folk Fest, recording guitar on Carter Felker’s debut album in 2016, and picking up work with various other local projects.

Kent has over ten years teaching experience. His preferred genres are multiple:  Country, Rock, Folk, Indie/Alternative, Metal, Reggae, World Music, and Jazz. He has taught students of all ages but prefers students six years and older. Kent prides himself in being able to adapt his teaching style to a student’s personality and learning style. He brings an easy-going approach that still encourages practice and goal achievement.