PETER JUTRAS, Ph.D., NCTM, is an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Piano Pedagogy Specialist at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. In addition to his duties overseeing the undergraduate and graduate piano pedagogy programs at UGA, he also directs the class piano program.
His writings and research can be found in Keyboard Companion and The Journal of Research in Music Education, and he has a solo composition in The Hal Leonard Student Piano Library. He has been a frequent presenter at both local and national conferences, including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Group Piano Pedagogy Forum, and the Georgia Music Educators Association State Conference.
Prior to his move to Athens in 2006, he taught piano pedagogy, music education, MIDI technology, and class piano at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and Richland Community College, also in Dallas. During his 11 years in Dallas, he also owned and operated a successful independent studio serving students of all ages and levels.
One of Pete’s specialties has been the teaching of adult students. In 1997 he founded an innovative and successful program of group piano classes for adults at Southern Methodist University, teaching hundreds of adult students of all skill levels. His work with adult students in group and private settings helped to shape his research on the benefits of adult piano study, which has been published in JRME and presented at state and local conferences. He continues to research various aspects of adult music study.
Pete and his wife Kristin, a professional violinist, have two sons, James and Andrew, and a golden retriever named Sebastian. James, age 5, takes piano and violin lessons, while Andrew, age 3, is just starting to work on his violin bow-hold.