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Little Chopin's Music Lessons Instructors

MIDDLE C MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

Seda Lokiani

Voice/Piano Instructor

Voice and Piano

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.

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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.

Voice
Instructor

Nell Simmons

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Throughout grade school, high school, and college, Nell Simmons performed and won many talent competitions. The awards came as a result of her learning how to create her style, at an early age, while performing her favorite covers. Nell would go on to audition for American Idol in 2004. The experience of performing in front of industry execs allowed her to hone her skills as a live entertainer. She began recording in New York City in 2006. Nell continues to work with some of New York’s greatest producers while gracing the stage of many venues such as theaters & arenas as well as taking on students, teaching them skills needed to practice vocal performance, health and confidence on stage. She recently closed a summer tour with music artist Trombone Shorty and has toured the UK. She has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and GMA during the summer of 2022/2023. She is excited about her next endeavor which is releasing her first single, set to be released soon.

Wesley Daniels Arceneaux

Harpist

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Wesley is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, but has a musical and family connection to Louisiana, which was a deciding factor on attending Loyola University New Orleans. There, she studied Music Industry Studies and Classical Performance of the Harp. Wesley began playing the harp in 2009 and has been privileged to study under harpists’ Laura Byrne and Rachel Van Voorhees. After graduating from Loyola University in 2020, with a Bachelor of Music, Wesley has pursued a career within the Music Industry as a professional harpist, where she currently performs the harp at public, private and volunteer events of all kinds across the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Additionally, she teaches private harp and piano students of all ages. Wesley is also a wife and mother of three, who enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with loved ones.

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Mr. Landon Blocker graduated from Louisiana State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education. During his time at LSU, he performed in several ensembles on campus including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Lab Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, and marched in the Golden Band from Tigerland. Upon graduating from LSU, he began his teaching career at Hahnville High School where he served as the Assistant Band Director for two years. In 2021, he made the move to Slidell High School to become the Assistant Band Director. In 2022, Mr. Blocker assumed the role of Band Director of the Slidell High School Band. Since he began his teaching career, Mr. Blocker has never received less than straight superior ratings at concert assessment.

Mr. Blocker has also performed professionally as a trombonist and tubist in productions including Ascension Community Theatre’s Wizard of Oz, Episcopal High School’s Evangeline, Hahnville High School’s Matilda, Slidell High School’s Anything Goes, and most recently in Slidell High School’s Shrek the Musical. 

Mr. Blocker also currently serves as District Director for the District IX Band Directors Association. He is also a proud member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association and the Louisiana Music Adjudicator’s Association. 

Francis Cowart

Piano Instructor

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Francis was born in Panama City, Panama. When she was only eight years old, Francis began studying at the National Music Conservatory. Once her studies were complete at the NMC, Francis began teaching private piano lessons while studying Education and Pedagogy at The University of Panama. In 2006, Francis moved to the US and married a Denham Springs native. She worked as a piano teacher at Baton Rouge International School until 2020. Her goal now is to reach more students so she may share her expertise and knowledge with future artists and musicians.

Francis is a retired teacher with over 45 years of experience teaching the arts, from piano and ballet to contemporary dance. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Aubrey Farriel

Multi-Instrumentalist

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Aubrey is a clarinetist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University in 2019. She has spent the last four years as the Assistant Band Director at Mandeville High School. During her time there, she was a member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association as well as Secretary for the District IX Band Directors Association. Her bands at Mandeville consistently earned Superior ratings at Large Group Assessment.  Aubrey has been teaching for the last 12 years, and is dedicated to music education in our community. Although Aubrey's primary instrument is clarinet, she enjoys teaching brass, woodwinds, and piano.

Flute Lessons

Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allen grew up in Metairie, LA. She recently relocated back home to New Orleans. Kimberly holds a degree in Music and Theatre/Communications from the University of New Orleans.

Kimberly has been teaching piano since the age of 16, and has over 15 years experience training actors and musicians, as well as writing and directing stage productions for her own company in 2007-2014. She has trained extensively in classical, pop, Christian and jazz music and acted as church pianist. Kimberly has been a long time member of the Piano Teachers Guild of America. Kimberly is very excited to share her expertise in her home city! 

Voice/Piano Instructor

Guitar and Bass Guitar Lessons

Guitar/Bass
Instructor

Taylor Mroski

Taylor Mroski is a professional bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer based in Covington, Louisiana.  Having studied many styles deeply, Taylor can be heard throughout New Orleans playing at jazz clubs, broadway shows, ballets, dance floors, songwriter rounds, and more.  Not only is he a competent musician; he is well acquainted with the process of music production and promotion.  He received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Loyola University New Orleans in 2016.  He has toured nationally and internationally with various artists from New Orleans.  Whether you're just starting out, or you're trying to find mentorship to start booking gigs of your own, Taylor would love to help you in your musical journey.

Landon Blocker

Trombone/Low Brass
Instructor

Interested in Teaching?

We look forward to speaking with you! 

985-302-7329

azimmer@mcmusic.net

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