Keynote at YAI/Leir Music & Autism Conference

Peter will be giving the keynote presentation at a one-day conference jointly organized by the Leir Foundation and YAI.  The conference, “Breaking the Silence with Music in Autism Spectrum Disorders” is at the Leir Retreat Center, Inc., 220 Branchville Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877, October 1, 2015.

This full day conference, designed for caregivers, family members, educators, and therapists will show why and how music can enhance the lives of those with autism and demonstrate basic skills and techniques for doing so.

The conference will feature presentations by Dr. Muir and Dr. Susan Carpenter of the City University of New York and include a 45 minute concert by his students with autism.

To attend contact info@leirretreatcenter.com or phone 203 438 6074.


Music and Disability Presentation at Mid-Hudson Coalition Conference

Peter will be a presenting on using music to enhance the lives of people with autism at the 2015 annual conference of the Mid-Hudson Coalition on September 24, 2015, in Poughkeepsie, NY.  This will be the third time he has presented there on music and disability.  For conference details, see here.

Peter to receive Arts in Education Award

Peter has been named as the recipient of the 2015 Dutchess County Executive’s Arts in Education Award.  The annual award acknowledges an educator, who, “through extraordinary vision and leadership, has expanded or enriched arts education opportunities to students in Dutchess County.”  This is truly an honor!

For more on the awards and the award ceremony, see here.


Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D minor for violin, piano and string orchestra, a lively and tuneful piece featuring the rare pairing of violinist Lauren Davis, Ph.D., pianist Peter Muir, Ph.D., and the Louisiana Sinfonietta. Conducted by Dinos Constantinides.

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Louisiana State University, School of Music Recital Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Dr. Muir on Al-Jazeera America

Dr. Muir’s work with music for people with disabilities is a focus of this item broadcast on Al-Jaazera America on World Autism Day. The segment features Dr. Muir’s student with autism, Michael Brenner.


Welcome to My New Website!

I am excited to welcome you to my new personal website!

It contains information about my work as a performer, educator and musicologist, activities united by my overarching interest in using music to enhance  mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

My website will also have news, press coverage, upcoming events and performances, and videos of myself performing and of my students.

Please take a little time to look around.

Very best,

Peter Muir, Ph.D. – May 14, 2014.