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Biography

biophotoPete Jutras, Ph.D, NCTM, is an Associate Professor of Piano and the Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano Specialist at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion magazine, a leading national piano pedagogy publication. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Companion from 2007-2008. In the fall of 2008, Keyboard Companion merged with Clavier to form Clavier Companion, and he has continued as Editor-in-Chief of this publication, which combines the legacies of two significant piano journals.

Pete has published articles and research in The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, Keyboard Companion, and Georgia Music News. He is a frequent presenter at international, national, state, and local conferences, including the ISME World Conference, the National Conferences of CMS, MENC, and MTNA, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, GP3 the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and state and local events. Recent presentations have taken place in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Beijing, Bologna, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Ottawa, Portland, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, D.C. and at the Eastman School of Music.

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, and that research has expanded in recent years to include adults participating in New Horizons Bands and other settings. In 2010, a program of New Horizons piano classes was launched at the University of Georgia under Pete’s direction.

A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Pete holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas. Prior to his UGA appointment, he was visiting lecturer at Southern Methodist University and taught at Richland Community College and at the Meadows School of the Arts Community Education Division of SMU. He maintained a successful private teaching studio for 12 years in Dallas, TX.

Pete resides in the Athens, GA area with his wife Kristin, a professional violinist and Suzuki educator, and their two sons, James and Andrew.