Internationally recognized as pianist, educator, musicologist, and conductor, he has focused on the qualities of music that have a positive impact mentally, emotionally and spiritually on individuals and communities.
He is one of the most creative pianists of his generation, 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 has developed his own system called Whole Music®, a way of learning and making music specially designed to maximize its therapeutic impact. It is used by anyone seeking to connect their music more deeply to their lives, particularly those with disabilities, and has been featured in national media and peer-reviewed journals.
As a musicologist he 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.
Dr. Muir 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, a community chorus, and music director of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY.