PETER MUIR, Ph.D. Peter Muir
Peter Muir, Ph.D.
Peter Muir is a world-class musician whose approach is guided by a passionate belief in the power of music to transform the well-being of individuals and communities. Internationally recognized as pianist, educator, musicologist, and conductor, his ground-breaking approach is deeply influenced by the life-work of John Diamond, M.D., a leading authority in using the arts for health, with whom Dr. Muir has been closely associated for almost thirty years.
A pianist and vocalist with an impressively broad repertoire embracing jazz, blues, ragtime, and classical, the New York Times has described his playing as “potent” and Newsday has praised his “terrific” performances.As an educator Dr. Muir focuses on approaches to learning and making music that maximize its therapeutic impact. He works with anyone seeking to connect their music more deeply to their lives, particularly those with disabilities, and his work has been featured in national media and peer-reviewed journals.As a musicologist Peter is a noted scholar of American vernacular music and author of the critically acclaimed Long Lost Blues: The Rise of Blues in American Popular Culture.
Peter has been directing choral and instrumental groups for more than 25 years in the UK and US. He is founder and director of The Singing Songbirds, an inclusive community chorus based in Millbrook, NY.