is credited as being one of the most creative, innovative, inspiring and non-traditional music educator/artists today. Conductor, clinician, speaker, author and tireless advocate on behalf of music education, his passion for reaching more musicians at a grass-roots level drove him to leave a 26-year career in education, including 17 years in the public schools, to step outside the traditional rehearsal room. This non-traditional career route now allows him to enjoy a new role as "music guerrilla," furthering music, artistry and education through whatever avenues available. Milt brings a rare perspective to this role, encompassing teaching positions in rural/suburban, large/small and public/parochial environments. His experience ranges from successfully teaching beginning musicians in a boiler room through working with the next generation of artist/educators at the collegiate
level, including his last teaching position as Associate Director of
Bands/Visiting Associate Professor of Music at a large, midwestern university. Yet
always, from Glasgow, Scotland to Zambia, Africa, and at conferences including
the Midwest Clinic, MENC regional and national conventions and BASBWE
International Wind Festivals, Milt’s humor, passion and experience combine to
illuminate the possibilities of both music education and the live art of
Milt's articles and insights have appeared in music, parenting and educational magazines as well as various newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle,
the Los Angeles Times
and The Chicago Tribune.
He is also the author of Music, Artistry and Education: A Journey Towards Musical Growth and Enlightenment.
published by Meredith Music Publications/Hal Leonard. Dr. Allen's online venture: Milt's Music Minute,
continues to gain in popularity, providing quick information and helpful hints for students, directors and parents.
Ensembles under Allen's direction have received numerous awards at local, state and national levels including recognition by the United States Congress for Musical Excellence. He is a two-time high school Teacher of the Year, a Kansas Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, with additional honors including 5 awards from the Ohio State University School of Music recognizing his teaching and service and selection as a Conducting Fellow for the Eastman Wind Ensemble's 40th Anniversary. In 2008, Dr. Allen became the first civilian in the history of the United States Air Force to tour as a featured conductor (USAF Heritage of America Band) and received an Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award.
Milt's latest ventures find him creating a means to reach out to programs in need as well as partnering with music programs in third-world countries.
Dr. Allen is an educational artist for Jupiter Instruments while also serving as a clinician for Hal Leonard Corporation and Meredith Music Publications.