Little Chopin's Music Lessons Instructors

Justin Gracie

Guitar/Bass/Piano/Recording Engineering/Composition Instructor

Colorado

Sunny Wen

Piano/Flute Instructor

Colorado

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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.

Sunny Wen studied flute and piano at Alethera University in Taiwan, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Applicable Music. While studying at Alethera University, she performed with a woodwind ensemble, culminating in a performance for the president of Taiwan in 2009. From 2014 to 2019 Sunny performed internationally for public, private and commercial venues with Miss Melody Flute Ensemble. 

Between her professional performances, Sunny taught as an elementary teacher for 7 years, privately taught flute and piano to around 70 students and provided charity work for children’s hospitals. Sunny seeks to appreciate the individual strengths of each child she works with and to be a warm, supportive teacher. She is skilled in teaching the Suzuki method and Orff Schulwer method, and teaches in Mandarin Chinese and English. She is excited to continue growing her studio and working with young flutists and pianists.

Kaitlin Schalow

Piano/Flute Instructor

Colorado 

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Kaitlin Schalow began studying piano at the age of five and over the years, she has enjoyed learning many more instruments! In 2020, she graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors in Music Education with an emphasis on Flute Performance. 

 Kaitlin has taught private lessons on a variety of instruments since she was 15. After several years of student-tutoring music theory at Fort Lewis College, she enjoys finding the appropriate solutions for each individual student, no matter the learning style.  Kaitlin has worked with special needs students, groups, ensembles, full sized bands, and orchestras, but private lessons is one of her passions.

Seda Lokiani

Voice/Piano Instructor

Louisiana

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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.

Timo Massa

Guitar/Piano Instructor

Louisiana

Samuel Gonzalez

Piano/Guitar/Trumpet Instructor 

Louisiana

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Samuel Gonzalez has been playing the piano, guitar, and trumpet collectively for over 15 years with experience in styles from jazz and classical to contemporary. In addition to Samuel’s music experience, he is also a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) receiving his degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University at New Orleans. He has practiced music therapy in various settings and with various populations from children with exceptionalities to adults living with mental health concerns. Samuel’s teaching philosophy is a person-centered approach creating individualized lesson plans to meet the individuals specific needs.

Josiah Bullach

Piano/Horn Instructor

Louisiana

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Josiah T. Bullach serves as Associate and Assistant Principal Horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Since his appointment to the LPO in 2016, Mr. Bullach has played an active role as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. He is on the board of the New Orleans Chamber Players and is passionate about music education in the greater New Orleans area.

Outside Louisiana, Mr. Bullach has been a guest performer with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Cleveland City Chamber Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and WindSync. 

A proud native of Ohio, Josiah began taking horn lessons from his uncle Ron Kurzen at the age of eight. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jesse McCormick. He was a prize winner of the Tuesday Musical Association Scholarship Competition, a featured soloist with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony for their 2012 European concert tour, and a soloist at both Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory or Music, where he continued graduate studies as a student of Randy Gardner. 

 

In addition to the horn, Josiah also started piano at a young age and still regularly plays and performs. When not playing horn or piano, Josiah enjoys an active lifestyle of running, rock climbing, and CrossFit. 

Timo Massa is a nationally touring musician, composer, and producer from Colorado. Prior to forming the musical duo known as VIVIAN, Timo was active in some well known Colorado bands such as Stella Luce, Sour Boy Bitter Girl, and Arliss Nancy. He relocated to Louisiana in late 2020 and is excited to explore the rich music culture. Timo is proficient in guitar, bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and home recording.