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.
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.
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 director of the Virtual Songbirds, an inclusive, online singing community which he founded during the pandemic lockdown in 2020.