Teaching/Creative Therapy


Lisa Miles (sitting) teaching at Northview Heights’ YouthPlaces (Pgh)“[Lisa’s] book, “Resurrecting Allegheny City” will be of special value in school libraries in the Pittsburgh area.”
                                                                                             –Pennsylvania Magazine, 2010

Creative Therapy: “The Color of Sound” workshop

A fascinating look at how to uniquely engage participants in the process of examining their feelings– through creative expression to the ‘color’ or timbre (tone quality) of sound and music.

First through exploratory tactile work in sand and clay, and then with the application of watercolors and sculpting, this workshop will stimulate caregivers and teachers to see new ways of drawing out feelings, emotions and thoughts in a responsive, safe, creative manner. As live music emanates from a violin, guitar or hand-drum, as well as recorded ambient tracks, it will be modelled how to encourage and guide a visual art response, and then draw out discussion afterward on how the timbre of the music made itself evident or evoked something new in the participants’ feelings through creative expression.

Nov 2011, VOMA/DVBIC, Johnstown–“As part of DVBIC’s community education and outreach we want to host an evening of music and visual arts with Pittsburgh artist Lisa Miles. DVBIC has had her on site for “The Color of Sound” workshop that she does and received rave reviews from our staff and clients. As part of DVBIC’s outreach objectives we’d like to offer a chance to experience Lisa’s talent to the whole community. It is an honor and our pleasure to have Lisa at VOMA–be sure to mark your calendar for this wonderful event performance.”

Lisa’s Work in Counseling, Mental Health, Self Development

  Sample Children’s Music Creativity Workshops

Lisa has been a professional in the creative and healing arts for over 25 years, uniquely blending her interest and expertise in the arts, humanities, communication, self-development and mental health.  She is a musician, author, producer of cross-disciplinary work even mixing performance and collaboration with Jungian therapists, and she advises/coaches, works therapeutically, and is an engaging professional speaker.  She has a B.A. in English from Youngstown State and minored in both Music Performance and Secondary English Education.  She was certified upon graduation to teach both in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Also See  Speaking Engagements

Self & Professional Development and Education Writings

Lisa began writing April 2013 for PsychCentral.com, as well as became affiliated with international site liquic.com as a Mental Health/Wellness Coach.  See More


Teaching/ Creative Therapy

Sept 2015 Feature Catalog Essay for The Society for Contemporary Crafts’  exhibition,”Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art”
July 2013 Personal Power:  Workshop at Breathe/BYS Yoga Studio, Pgh PA
Nov. 2011 Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center, Johnstown, PA– “The Color of Sound” workshops, professional development & community event.
July 2011 Lecture for University of Pittsburgh Library Science/ History class.
July 2010 Lecture for University of Pittsburgh Library Science/ History class.
Nov. 2009  Veterans Brain Injury Center, Johnstown, PA– “The Color of Sound” workshop & staff professional development.
Summer 2009 Beaver Intermediate Unit Early Childhood Conference– “Ancient Cultures & Abstract Notations”
Spring 2009 Ellis School Arts Festival–Creative Workshop
Spring 2009 Northside Urban Pathways Charter School Residency
Fall 2008 Begin Visiting Teaching Artist Residency at the new Propel High School in Homestead, PA.
Fall 2008 Intensive independently-conceived North Side Youth Project  funded by the Buhl Foundation– Neighborhood Discoveries, Map & Art-Making & Civics Mentoring. “Allegheny City’s Legacy” Educational Programming
August 2008 Beaver Intermediate Unit Early Childhood Conference– “Map-Making & Neighborhood Discoveries”
July 2008 Aliquippa Alliance for Unity & Development. Taught 13 yr. olds community history workshop, utilizing “Resurrecting Allegheny City.”
June 2008– Conduct state-accredited Professional Development (Act 48 college credit) classes for Allegheny IU3, BVIU & MVIU4.  Course Title:  Legacy of the ‘Reserved Tract’ Opposite Pittsburgh– Learning Community History.
Spring 2008 Educational & Community Programming– “Resurrecting Allegheny City” at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
March 2008 Keynote speaker–Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Faculty In-Service:  The creative process & education.
2004-2005 Artist Residency at Allegheny Playhouse Child Care Center:  “Musical Imaginations”
Summer 2004 Professional Development for Middle School Teachers at Wilmerding School District: “Creative Cross-Disciplinary Reflections”.
Summer 2003 Professional Development Workshop for Elementary School. Teachers:  Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit.
Spring 2003 Ready for Life Early Literacy Grants:  Artist Residencies at Carriage House Children’s Center & Linden School.
Fall 2002 Professional Development Workshop for Elementary School Teachers:  Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit at Slippery Rock College.
Fall 2002 9-week Artist Residency at St. Bede’s School.
Summer 2002 Intensive Artist Residency:  Beaver Intermediate Unit Summer Arts Academy.
Spring 2002 Ready for Life Early Literacy Grants:  Artist Residencies at Beltzhoover School & Lawrenceville Day Care program.
2001-2002 Work with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts–Lemington, Mifflin & Grandview Schools.
2001-2001 Music Creativity Residencies at Shady Lane School & Shady Lane Resources, including Hosanna House.
Fall 2000 Music Improvisation workshop series sponsored by First Night Pittsburgh, hosted at Sterrett Classical Academy . Presentation of children & the work at First Night 2000.
Fall 2000 Music Improvisation workshop series sponsored by Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, hosted at Friendship Academy.
Spring 2000 Began Music Creativity Residency at Carnegie Mellon University’s Cyert Center for Early Education Reggio Emilia daycare program.
July 1999 Enrichment Program, The Braddock Library & Community Center. Two-week long music creativity residency.
July 1999 Music Creativity Workshop, Ellwood City Arts Festival.
June 1999 Accompaniment of children’s dance camps at The Carnegie & Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, through Pittsburgh’s Dance Alloy Music Creativity Workshop and Improvisation workshop in the garden amphitheater at The Mattress Factory’s Garden Party 1999.
June 1999 Improvisation Workshops as part of 32 Below group show, presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Feb. 1999 Carlow College , Graduate Arts Education Dept. Children’s Music Creativity workshop.
Dec 1998 Construction of Sound” & “Improvisation” to rural junior high & high school students.
Aug. 1998 Penn Ave. Arts Initiative, $500 grant awarded for “Discoveries in Music & Creativity,” six-week cross-disciplinary music series for inner-city youth held at the Garfield Artworks; open house/performance at end.
July 1998 Pops for Kids, Two-hour workshop exploring movement & music with dancer Lynn Rescigno at the Monroeville Mall, sponsored by the Monroeville Arts Council.
July 1998 Summer Cross-Disciplinary Improvisation Workshop Series,” self-run, held at The Garfield Artworks. Guest artist/teachers included a sculptress, dancer, guitarist, storyteller, dramatist, video artist, poet & photographer.
July 1998 Enrichment Program, The Braddock Library & Community Center. Week-long music creativity residency in economically depressed community; open house/performance at end
April 1998 Music & Moving!!” Improvisation workshop with drama & movement artist Adrienne Wehr, self-run, held at The Garfield Artworks.
March 1998 “Creative Musical Reflections on Art,” Improvisation workshop with painter Brian Richmond, self-run, held at Lascaux Gallery.
Jan. 1998 Health Rangers, Sponsored by Allegheny General Hospital . Music creativity residency series for inner city youth, taught with cellist Erin Snyder at Allegheny Middle School, and including field trip to The Mattress Factory.
Jan. 1998 Coached two Greene County teens, violin & keyboard, as they prepared original duo music for “Odyssey of the Mind” competition.
Nov. 1997 “The Production & Construction of Sound,” children’s workshop, taught with cellist Erin Snyder at The Society for Contemporary Crafts.
July 1997 Arts Immersion Module, Turner Elementary School . Eight-day creative music residency at this inner-city school, included open house, performance and joint work with Adrienne Wehr’s drama class–together, “Imagine This, The Dream Factory.” Facilitated a field trip/workshop to The Mattress Factory.
July 1997 “The Rhythm of Found Sounds,” improvisation workshop, self-run, held at Lascaux Gallery, for a variety of young instrumentalists.
Sept. 1992 Found Sound , Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. Taught workshops with visual artist Ray Geiger–“Stringed Instruments’ History & Structure,” “Color/Color,” and “Frequency:  Sound & Light,” the latter two exploring a fascinating relationship between the visual & music, product & process.

Lisa working with the children of Carnegie Mellon
University’s Reggio Emelia childcare program circa 2000.

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