I am currently a senior at MIT pursuing a double degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and am studying jazz piano and composition at the New England Conservatory on the side. My two passions are engineering and music, but I have found they exercise the exact same parts of my brain; I live to create and the medium does not change the process. This website shows my portfolio of interests and projects I have worked on since elementary school. Please don't hesitate to contact me! Enjoy.



And here is a sampling of things I've designed and built in the past few years:

Here are a few selections off my upcoming album, Chirality, and features members of my current group, FunkShui:

Personel: Peter Godart - Piano, Compositions, Adrian Grossman - Bass, Dylan Sherry - Sax, Ariel Wexler - Trumpet, Chris Southiere - Drums. Recorded in MIT's Killian Hall by Ben Bloomberg.

Please see below for links to more of what I've created over the years!

MUSIC:
A 22-year-old New Jersey native, Peter Godart formally began studying music at the age of 8, taking piano lessons from a local schoolteacher; however, his experimentation with sound began much earlier. From an early age he spent considerable time behind his family's piano, shamelessly playing along to the radio that rarely left his side. At the age of 12, Peter began taking organ lessons and a year later was featured on an episode of NPR's Pipedreams in a special titled "Rooting for the Youngsters". It was about this time as well that he began to take an interest in composition and arranging. Peter would transcribe and recompose classic rock tunes for the various instruments his friends were playing at the time. In high school, these interests began to flourish as Peter developed a particular affinity and ability for jazz. He began taking lessons with Latin-jazz pianist, Bill O'Connell, and soon was inducted into various regional, state, and all-eastern jazz ensembles. While still in high school, Peter began composing for groups ranging from duos to fifteen-piece big bands, and performed extensively in various New Jersey jazz venues with his jazz organ trio and funk groups. Despite the central role that music played in his life, Peter also pursued interests in science and engineering, being admitted into the highly selective New Jersey Governor's School for Engineering and Technology program at the age of 17. Peter now attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is in his third year pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and music. Each year so far at MIT, Peter has been named an Emerson Fellow, allowing for him to take lessons with various Boston teachers, including John Harbison, Jeff Covell, and Ran Blake. While at MIT, Peter has performed with and written extensively for MIT's Festival Jazz Ensemble and John Harbison's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, performed in a masterclass with Elvis Costello at NEC, played around Boston with his trio and funk band, and begun production of his first full-length album, Chirality. Peter additionally spends time at the MIT Media Lab researching and developing computer programs that facilitates collaborative composition and group performance.

If you like what you see, have comments or questions, and/or want to collaborate, shoot me an email at ptgodart@gmail.com or use the form below to get in touch with me. Would love to hear from you!

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