Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas
Ph.D., Florida State UniversityPianist and music educator Leonidas Lagrimas serves as Assistant Professor of Piano. He is coordinator of the secondary piano program and teaches courses in Piano Pedagogy, applied skills for piano majors, and applied piano for non-majors. Dr. Lagrimas formerly served as Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA and holds a Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy/Music Education from Florida State University. Prior to his doctoral studies at FSU, he was a public school music teacher in the New York City Department of Education for ten years.Dr. Lagrimas has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the East Coast, including New York appearances at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral and Visiting Guest Artist recitals at University of North Florida, Valdosta State University, Wesleyan College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Livingston College, Florida College, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Other recent appearances include serving as accompanist for the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, accompanist for Grammy-winning soprano Hila Plitmann, and a Walt Disney World performance with the Abraham Baldwin Chamber Choir. He has served as accompanist for the Valdosta Choral Guild, the Capital Children's Choir of Tallahassee, and numerous church, school, and university choirs throughout Georgia, Florida, and New York.A passionate educator and leader in the field of piano pedagogy, he has presented his research at local, state, and national conferences. Recent clinician and masterclass appearances include serving as guest workshop clinician at the Eastman School of Music, Bethune-Cookman University’s annual Music Education symposium, a piano masterclass at the MTNA National Collegiate Symposium and music education/piano pedagogy workshops at Livingston College, Reinhardt University, and Florida State University.In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Lagrimas is active as a musical theatre director and accompanist, and his prior regional credits include Green Day's American Idiot, I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!, In the Heights, 9 to 5: The Musical, Rock of Ages, The Last Five Years, and Chicago. He serves as district chair for the New York state chapter of Music Teachers National Association and has presented at MTNA's National Conference, the MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the College Music Society's national conference, and numerous state and regional conferences.
Research InterestsCollege piano pedagogy, the piano repertoire selection process, recreational piano and lifelong learning, the music of Claude Debussy
- College Music Society
- Music Teachers National Association/New York State Music Teachers Association
- "Why MTNA? Three Perspectives," MTNA Mini-Pedagogy Symposium (2019).
- "Bridging the Gap-Roundtable Discussion," National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy (2019).
- "Piano Pedagogy Approaches for the Older Adult Student," Guest Workshop/Lecture-Eastman School of Music (2019).
- "Beyond the canon: Rethinking the piano recital in the 21st century," Central Florida Music Teachers Association Workshop (2019).