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Leonidas Lagrimas

Leonidas Lagrimas

Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Music

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Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Western Carolina University. His duties include coordinating the Class Piano program and teaching Applied Piano. An emerging leader in piano pedagogy research, Dr. Lagrimas has served as a presenter/clinician at numerous local, state, regional, and national music conferences, including MTNA, GP3, NCKP, and College Music Society. He is a frequently invited guest lecturer throughout the country with past workshops and guest teaching appearances at Eastman School of Music, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Bethune-Cookman University (FL), SUNY Buffalo State College, Reinhardt University (GA), Milligan College (TN), and Florida State University. He has been a featured clinician for the Frances Clark Center’s webinar research series and a contributor for their online pedagogy courses.

Dr. Lagrimas' performance experience includes multiple collaborative piano appearances at Carnegie Hall, recent solo and collaborative guest artist recitals at University of North Florida, SUNY-Fredonia, Valdosta State University (GA), Florida College, Livingston College (NC), Wesleyan College (GA), University of Tennessee-Southern (TN), and numerous appearances as a choral and church accompanist throughout the East Coast. Active as a musical theatre accompanist/keyboardist, music director, vocal coach and conductor, his recent regional credits include Little Shop of Horrors for Starring Buffalo! at Shea's 710 Theatre (Buffalo, NY), Rock of Ages and 9 to 5: The Musical for Theatre Tallahassee, In the Heights and American Idiot for New Stage Theatreworks, and numerous community, collegiate, and high school mainstage productions.

Dr. Lagrimas holds National Certification (NCTM) in piano from MTNA, and a Ph.D. in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University. He serves as a state board member for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and a founding member of North Carolina's first Virtual Local Teachers' Association chapter. His scholarly interests include collegiate group piano curriculum, piano recital repertoire, and pedagogical practices on Claude Debussy’s music. His previous full-time faculty appointments include SUNY-Fredonia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and prior to his doctoral studies he served as a music teacher in the New York City public schools for ten years.


  • Ph D, Florida State University, Music Education/Piano Pedagogy
  • MA, New York University, Music Education

Teaching Interests

Applied piano<br>Class piano<br>Collaborative piano<br>Piano Pedagogy and Music Education<br><br>

Research Interests

Class piano curriculum and pedagogy<br>Recreational music making<br>The music of Claude Debussy<br>The music of Amy Beach<br><br><br>

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