Serap Bastepe-Gray, a performer, lecturer, consultant, and pedagogue, holds a medical doctor degree from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey; a master of music in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University; and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Towson University. She performs as a soloist and in duo with renowned classical guitarist Julian Gray and has enlarged the guitar ensemble repertoire through her many arrangements and compositions.
Bastepe-Gray is the course developer and instructor of Playing Well, Peabody’s groundbreaking online curriculum offering practical, scientifically grounded approaches for musicians to avoid injury and maintain health. She has collaborated with Peabody faculty in projects using interactive media targeting early instrumental pedagogy. Her articles have appeared in various journals including Soundboard Magazine, Communitas, Journal of Emergency Nursing and Chemical Neuroanatomy. She is the co-founder of Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine and serves as part of the Performing Arts Rehab team at the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic for Performing Artists at Peabody.
As a researcher, she collaborates on various interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from Peabody and the Departments of Neurology, Radiology, Engineering, and Film and Media Studies. She lectures and consults on health and wellness issues for performing musicians and has participated as panelist and presenter in forums including the American Occupational Therapy Association, National Guitar Workshop, International Society for Music Education, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She serves on the MedChi Performing Arts Medicine Committee, Research and Education Committees of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), Musicians’ Health and Wellness Committee of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the Executive Committee for the Society for Peabody Alumni. Bastepe-Gray is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory with a joint appointment at the School of Medicine Neurology Department. She directs the guitar ensemble program and the Peabody Occupational Health and Injury Prevention (POHIP) program.