Dr. Justin Gray is a Piano Teacher at Gray School of Music
Dr. Justin Gray is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance under Bartók scholar Gyorgy Sándor. Moving back to Texas in 2003, he continued his studies at Southern Methodist University, where he graduated with a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance, and was granted a full artistic scholarship while under the instruction of Alfred Mouledous. In 2007, Dr. Gray earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, where he was a student of Joseph Banowetz and Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. While at North Texas, he extensively researched the music of 20th century composer Karl Weigl, and presented lecture concerts over previously unperformed solo piano works.
Dr. Gray was the Kawai Grand Prize winner in the 2005 Palos Verdes Music Peninsula Festival Competition in Los Angeles, and he has also won prizes in the Kingsville International Competition, the Texas Music Teachers’ Association Competition for Solo Piano, the Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, the Mid-Texas Symphony Competition, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition. He has been featured as soloist with the Southern Methodist University Symphony, conducted by David Milnes.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Gray has completed Master’s level courses in group piano instruction under Martha Hilley, and given instruction to group piano classes at North Texas University as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Brad Beckman. He has been a member of NMTA and has taught private and group lessons to all ages since 2001. As a piano teacher and part of the Gray family, Dr. Gray’s enthusiasm for instruction flows from his desire to pass on his musical knowledge to his students.
He and his wife, Sheila, enjoy cooking, spending time with family, and enjoying the many blessings they have been given.