Robert Miller

Robert began playing the piano and percussion at an early age and music has been a large part of his life ever since. He studied voice with David Sprenkle, D.M.A. at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.S in Music Education in 2000.  

After two years of teaching elementary school music, Robert returned to school to study music therapy at Radford University under James Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI and Joseph Scartelli, Ph.D., MT-BC. Robert was awarded Best Research Thesis (2004 - 2005) for his thesis “The effects of toning on perceived and physiological measures of stress in college students.” He earned his M.S. in Music Therapy in 2006.

During his time at Radford, Robert became interested in drum circles. He studied drum circle facilitation with Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles and began leading campus drum circles. Robert is now an active member of Pittsburgh's drumming community, facilitating drum circles for a number of local organizations, including Duquesne University, and the Jewish Association on Aging.

Robert currently works at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. He also serves as adjunct faculty with Duquesne University’s Music Therapy program. Robert has presented at various local, regional, and national conferences and has co-authored a book chapter in Tataku: The use of percussion in music therapy (Ed. Bill Matney, 2006) from Sarsen Publishing (www.sarsenpublishing.com).

In September of 2011, Robert completed his fellowship in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music through the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Imagery. This is an advanced, three-year post graduate certification program involving the use of music and spontaneous imagery as a tool for personal growth and exploration.

In his free time, he can also be found singing and performing original music at local coffee houses and open mic nights with his wife Stephanie. His recordings of Renaissance music were featured in the web television series All's Faire (www.allsfaire.tv) in 2010. Most recently, Robert and Stephanie composed and recorded the soundtrack to Bethany’s Story: The Power from Within (www.bethanysstory.com).

To contact Robert, send an e-mail to bob@musicforlifepgh.com.

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