LAAPA offers Music & Dance Lessons & Classes in Piano, Voice/Singing, Guitar, Violin, Drums, and more for children and adults.
The Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts (LAAPA) is the largest, private academy of music, dance, and the performing arts in the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area with an active enrollment of over 1,000 students.
There are many considerations to be made when selecting a school of music, school of dance, dance instructor, or a private music teacher.
We invite you to compare all programs, features, and options to see why we are Louisiana's number one choice for music lessons and dance classes.
At LAAPA, we proudly offer music lessons for all ages, and in all styles at our three campuses in Mandeville, Covington, and New Orleans, LA. Our River Ridge School of Music & Dance campus, located in Harahan, just outside of New Orleans, additionally offers dance classes and instruction for children ages (walking - adult). Our schools serve students and parents from the surrounding communities of New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan, Mandeville, Covington, Hammond, Slidell, Madisonville, and Folsom, LA.
12 Reasons More Parents & Students Enroll with LAAPA
Piano, Voice, Singing, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Drum, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Composition, Music Theory, Preschool Music, Choir, Rock Band Classes, Jazz Band Classes, Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre Classes in one location!
We realize that our students and parents are busier today than ever. By offering the widest variety of music lessons and dance classes in the Greater New Orleans area, multiple family members can take lessons at the same time in different instruments and programs.
The most diverse & inspiring music & dance faculty in New Orleans
We have over 40 faculty members on staff at LAAPA. Our music faculty all hold a Bachelor of Music degree or higher and our dance faculty hold either a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or have equivalent professional experience. Our faculty members enjoy teaching students at all levels from beginning through advanced. We teach the songs, styles, and steps students are interested in learning! From classical, to rock/pop, jazz, blues, hip-hop, funk, christian, and more. Our teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal goals and helping you to achieve them in a manner that is FUN and ENJOYABLE. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching!
Large selection of music lesson times availabe - 6 days a week
• 2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
• 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday
• 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday
Over 37 years of Excellence in Performing Arts Education
Originally founded in 1978, the Academy is now in its 36th year of providing students of all ages with a lifetime appreciation for music, dance, and the performing arts here in the Greater NOLA area. Every year, new studios open only to close a few years later. The Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts has a proven track record of offering only the finest classes in music, piano, guitar, voice, singing, violin, drum, dance, preschool, and more here in New Orleans, Louisiana with over 43,000 lessons provided year round!
The most technologically advanced and completely stocked lesson studios in New Orleans
Our piano studios at LAAPA are equipped with Yamaha, Steinway, Kawai, Young Chang, and select American made pianos. Our drum studios are equipped with Yamaha and Roland drum sets, and our guitar studios feature some of the latest amps with built in effects. Mirrors for vocalists are available in each vocal lessons studio, and all of our studios feature iPads with the latest music and dance apps for a thorough and modern approach to education. Our dance studio features full length mirrors and a custom built maple floating dance floor specially designed to reduce fatigue and prevent injuries. Free Wi-Fi is also available to everyone at Laapa.
With comfortable chairs, free wifi, and bottled water service, our parents and students enjoy their wait in style. Catch some of the latest performances from our students on LAAPA TV or watch your child's lesson through the studio's observation windows. You are also welcome to sit in on the lesson at any time.
Three Convenient Campus Locations
Covington School of Music
1111 Village Walk - Covington, LA 70433
(next to Anytime Fitness)
Mandeville School of Music
316 Girod St. - Mandeville, LA 70448
in Old Mandeville just before Nuvolari's)
River Ridge School of Music & Dance
2020 Dickory Ave. Ste. 200 - Harahan, LA 70123
(located centrally between Metairie, Kenner, and River Ridge and right next to the Shimmy Shack).
Regular (Optional) Recitals and Performance Opportunities
At LAAPA, all of our students have the option of performing in a variety of recitals. All of our recitals are held in professional auditoriums and theatres using state of the art audio technology. Immediately after each Spring Recital, we hold an award ceremony to recognize the hard work of each student with various trophy and medal awards. Students are not required to participate, but many choose to. We also hold an annual student festival (LAAPAFEST) with an Honor's/Faculty Recital following the festival.
Friendly, Professional Office Staff ready to assist you
Many music and dance studio desks (if there even is one) are staffed by the teacher and/or possibly even just an answering machine. When you call LAAPA during our telephone hours, you're almost always guaranteed to get a live person on the line immediately, as it is extremely rare for your call to go to voicemail. Additionally, we have a staff of six friendly administrative assistants who are available at the front desk and ready to assist our clients during school hours.
Original Method Books Published by our LAAPA Press Division
We are the only School of Music in New Orleans with it's own publishing press that prints texts and materials developed by our Faculty. Each year, our teachers publish new methods to keep up with current trends in music and education.
Free Weekly Music Theory Classes
Each week, all currently enrolled music students have the option of attending a FREE 45 minute music theory class to further their knowledge in the fundamentals of music. These classes are available both on campus as well as via Skype and Google Hangouts.
No Semester or Annual Commitments
LAAPA does not require semester or yearly contract minimums for lessons. Newly enrolled students initially commit for just three months and continue on a month to month basis thereafter. If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.