Peter Muir Ph.D, president of the IMH, has been involved in music pedagogy for twenty-five years. He is former Director of Jazz and Head of Keyboards at Westminster School, London (one of the most prestigious private schools in Britian) and has taught as an adjunct instructor for City University of New York as well as extensively in private practice. He has worked internationally in the field of community music, running and participating in hundreds of programs in Europe, America and Australia.

Dr. Muir is an internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar, and conductor. As a pianist he specializes in ragtime, blues and early jazz, which he performs in a totally original and compelling style, playing at festivals and concerts in the US, Britain, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong.  As a composer, he has written and arranged works for the concert platform, ballet, stage and film. His work has been performed and broadcast in Britain, Europe, America, the Far East and Australia.

As a scholar, Dr. Muir has a Ph.D. in musicology and is an acknowledged authority on ragtime, blues and early jazz. His book on the emergence of blues before 1920, called Long Lost Blues,was published by the University of Illinois Press in fall 2009.  He has musically directed in theater (including Women Beware Women, Royal Court Theater, London; Fables in Slang, off-Broadway, New York) and conducted numerous instrumental and choral groups in Britain and America.  Dr. Muir has trained intensively with Dr. John Diamond M.D. since 1990.  His core belief–that the true purpose of music is to be therapeutic–is at the basis of all his musical activities.

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