Tilden is a transplant to Minnesota, moving here from Texas in 1996. He studied Music Education at the University of Arkansas and has played professionally for over thirty-five years, performing rock, country, jazz, and classical music. He enjoys participating in local jams and open mics. Tilden teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, and mandolin. He likes to tailor lessons to meet the individual student's goals with the focus on technique, theory, performance, and enjoyment.