Peter Myers studied and later taught at La Trobe University completing a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours in Music in 1983, and a Master of Arts by research in composition and music analysis in 1988. In 1989, Peter travelled to the USA to study composition with the distinguished American composer, Eugene Kurtz, in Hartford Connecticut. In 1991, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Graduate Diploma in Education; and in 2006, he completed a PhD in music composition at Monash University.
Peter is a composer, music analyst and music theory specialist with a particular interest in post-tonal theories, particularly musical set theory and the application of mathematics to musical composition. Peter has been the recipient of many composition awards including the inaugural New Audience Award, the Jacobena Angliss Award, the Dorian Le Gallienne Award, postgraduate research scholarships and many composer commission grants. His works have been included in Australian and international music festivals and have been performed and broadcast in Australia, Hong Kong, the United States, Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Several of his works are published and recorded in anthologies of Australian compositions.
Peter has over 30 years teaching experience in both the tertiary and secondary education sectors. He has lectured in music theory, composition and analysis at La Trobe University (1984 – 1990), The University of Melbourne (1990 & 1999), Monash University (2001), and Box Hill Institute (2007 – 2012) where he held the position of Head of Music (Higher Education). Peter is also a brass instrumentalist (trumpet) and has taught brass instruments and conducted concert and stage bands in several Melbourne secondary colleges. He is now Head of Music at Northern College of Arts and Technology in Preston, Melbourne.
For a video of Peter's most recent work being performed at the Univeristy of Tasmania Conservatorium, see
Head of Music
Dr Peter Myers (PhD, MA, DipEd, BAHons)