My goal is to release the bold, creative, and playful musician that lives within each of my students.
Leila Ramagopal holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and a Master's degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She is also certified in the Suzuki method of music instruction. She continues study toward a degree in theatre from Parkland College, and has trained extensively in a variety of Irish dance traditions. Additionally, she has studied with Elizabeth Borsodi, Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School, also with Paula Page, principal harpist of the Houston Symphony and Alice Keene at the University of Illinois.
Ms. Ramagopal's work as a dancer, harpist, and actress, continues to enrich her vision as an educator. She has performed and recorded with Sinfonia Da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, Amasong, WILL, and Pogo Studios, and appeared in regional theatre, commercials, and film. She taught dance, early childhood music and violin, and directed orchestra programs in conservatories and public schools in Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. She also designed an undergraduate string pedagogy course for West Virginia University, was a guest pedagogy instructor for WVU and the University of Illinois. She participates regularly in workshops with students at Lawrence University.
Ms. Ramagopal was a founding member of Next Generation School, a private K-8 school in Champaign, IL, where she created an innovative music curriculum. She has a special interest in the neuroscience of music and the coordination while listening to and making music. Her belief that a real and thorough education in the arts taps into every part of a child's being to bring about joy, critical thinking, confidence, and humanity, is a guiding principle in her work. Leila is currently the harp instructor at the Lawrence Academy of Music, and runs a private violin and harp studio in her home.