Little Chopin's Music Lessons Instructors

Justin Gracie

Guitar/Bass/Piano/Recording Engineering/Composition Instructor

Colorado

Justin has played guitar and bass for almost 20 years, and has experience playing a multitude of genres and styles. He has knowledge in rock, funk, classical, punk, and more! In addition to playing music Justin also has years of professional experience managing a recording facility in Manhattan.  During this time Justin recorded, mixed, and produced some of the top players in the New York music scene. In addition to teaching music lessons Justin can teach recording, mixing, music production techniques, and provide instruction and feedback on your musical compositions. Justin has mentored students starting at a young age, and adults embarking on a career in the industry, he is adept at providing instruction for students at multiple skill levels.  Justin loves music and recording and enjoys sharing his experience while learning from his students.

Laura Spurlock

Piano/Beginning Voice Instructor

Colorado

Laura was born and raised in Minnesota. She started playing at the age of six, and began teaching at the age of 16. She teaches piano, keyboard and organ. After high school she moved to sunny Florida to attend Eckerd College on a music scholarship, and continued her studies at the University of Tampa and University of South Florida. She also received a degree in Music and Video Business at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Laura has been awarded “Music Educator of The Year” for several years through a large studio where she taught for 5 years. Music had always been a big part of her life, involving herself in anything from school and community musicals, to competitive dancing and singing groups that toured the United States. Laura also enjoys playing the keyboard and singing in church bands in the different places in which she has lived. She is experienced in teaching little children through adults, in all genres. Laura enjoys guiding each student in their musical education by customizing her lesson plan for each individual student, considering the student’s particular interests and musical goals. Laura is a dedicated, patient, energetic and kind instructor, and believes that every student she teaches will foster a lifetime love for music.

Daram Choi

Piano/Organ Instructor 

Louisiana

Daram Choi is a classically trained pianist and organist. She holds a Masters degree in Piano and Organ Performance with high academic honors from Bethesda Christian University, Korea National University of Arts, and Louisiana State University. She attended LSU with a tuition award. She has experience as a professional accompanist for choirs, orchestras, soloists, and ensembles. 

For over 19 years, Daram has taught students of all ages and levels of advancement. Daram has the ability to make lessons fun, engaging, and fulfilling. She believes playing the piano is an opportunity to enhance and expand other life skills: good communication, confidence, patience, and joy. Daram’s students will learn age appropriate skills using music theory, techniques, music history, and musical form as they explore their own musicianship. 

 

Daram says, “I love connecting with students individually and knowing what they are passionate about. With this emotional connection and trust between the teacher and student, I believe music can be made beautifully. This is most rewarding and fulfilling to me.” 

Seda Lokiani

Voice/Piano Instructor

Louisiana

Seda Lokiani is an Armenian Opera Singer. She completed her Master’s Degree in Voice from the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan under the supervision of Karine Mkrtchyan. Seda

was a member of the famous “KOHAR” Symphonic Orchestra from 2007 to 2009, and also worked at the “KASA” Swiss humanitarian foundation from 2006 to 2009 as a vocal teacher and a kapellmeister (conductor). Seda has participated in a number of international vocal competitions such as “Veratsnund” (Renaissance) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Yerevan, as well as “New Opera World” in 2015, held in Moscow.

Seda and her family moved to the US in 2017. She currently teaches at the New Orleans Russian Community Center as a voice, choir, and piano instructor.