Peter Webster


Peter Webster was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2012-2013 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Webster is the John Beattie Professor of Music Education and Technology at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Webster holds degrees in music education from the University of Southern Maine and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

He has published more than 75 articles and book chapters on technology, music cognition and creative thinking in music, which appear in journals and handbooks both in and outside of music. He is the author of Measures of Creative Thinking in Music, an exploratory tool for assessing music thinking using quasi-improvisational tasks. Webster is co-author of Experiencing Music Technology, the standard textbook used in introductory college courses in music technology, and is co-editor of the new two-volume MENC Oxford Research Handbook on Music Learning, published by Oxford University Press.

Webster was a public school music teach in Maine, Massachusetts and New York, and spent 14 years at Case Western Reserve University before moving to Northwestern in 1988. He teaches courses in philosophy, graduate research, music technology, assessment, and creative thinking in music, and has held administrative positions including department chair and associate dean.

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