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Lisa Rainsong's life combines music, natural history, and education. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has recently retired from her longtime position member of the Music Theory faculty. 

As she became increasingly interested in teaching the songs of earth's first musicians -  birds, crickets, katydids, amphibians - she earned a Naturalist Certificate from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, focusing on field work.

She now teaches classes, and presents programs and in-service training in the music of nature throughout Ohio. She is also a field recordist and her programs feature her own field recordings and photos.

Lisa's field research on the crickets and katydids of Northeast Ohio includes surveys for park districts throughout the region and research grant projects. Her online field guide, Listening to Insects, can be found at

Her educational blog, Listening in Nature, has s years of educational tutorials and stories from the field about her exploration of birdsong, insect song, and amphibian song.

Photo by Brad Bolton

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