Angeline “Angel” Lawrie is a music teacher and accomplished steel drum performer. Angel has been performing professionally for over thirty years. She is the founder of several student steel drum groups, including The Kalypso Kids founded in 1993, The Steel Dragons founded in 2012, the Steel Angels founded in 2014 and the Steel Doves founded in 2016. She has inspired several music programs to re-invent their curriculum and inspire students across the United States.
Angel’s accomplishments include loving kids and using music to transform lives one student at a time.
Angel has been recently nominated by the Grammy Association as one of the top 50 Educators in the United States for her work with students, including those on the autism spectrum.
Awards include: The John Phillip Sousa Award, Outstanding Woman Rotary Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Percussionist Award – University of Akron, Best Band Director Award, Edna Villers English Scholarship – Rootstown High School, Ohio Lions All Star Band, Illinois Summer Youth Orchestra, Teacher of the Year – Summit Academy High School, Grammy Nomination.
Angel has performed in Las Vegas, NV; Myrtle Beach, SC; St. Louis, MO; Ohio, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Florence, Italy.
Angel developed Steel Academy Studios in Akron, Ohio with an emphasis on teaching students on the autism spectrum or those with ADHD.
Angel has been teaching and implementing a teaching philosophy she developed for helping kids that cannot learn with traditional methods. Her philosophy uses the steel drum instrument as one of the core tools necessary to achieve optimal learning potential. This philosophy was instituted into a real life experiment when she founded her own school, Steel Academy, in 2014 in Akron, Ohio. She trained staff and implemented state of the art teaching techniques to 140 students by year two of the school.
Recently, Angel expanded her practice to Racine Community Acupuncture and partnered with Christie Kern to continue her therapy and vibrational healing with residents of southeastern Wisconsin. She works with clients of all ages and is known for her work with anxiety relief.
Angel travels and teaches her philosophy to teachers across the US and abroad. She continues to work with students of all diverse backgrounds and learning differences because working with students is her passion.