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Covington
School of
Music
Mandeville
School of
Music
River Ridge
School of
Music & Dance
(985) 590-4545
(985) 674-2992
(504) 738-3050
1111 Village Walk Rd
316 Girod St
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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Practicing: The Path to Musical Success for Students, Parents, and Teachers

LAAPA Academy Director, Ryan Cullen, interviews Mrs. Katarina - piano/voice faculty at the River Ridge School of Music and Dance regarding her experience with helping piano and voice students to maximize their productivity during practice sessions. Parents and students who are brand new beginners to music lessons will especially appreciate tips on setting expectations, how much to practice, how interest levels may fluctuate, building motivation, and creating fun exercises during your home practice sessions.

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Diction Exercises for Vocalists

Ms. Kadi, instructor of voice/piano at LAAPA, discusses the importance of good diction when singing! Watch this video to learn some of her favorite tongue twisting diction exercises - perfect for warming up in your voice lessons!

Learn more about voice lessons at LAAPA at http://www.laapa.com/voice-lessons

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How to Play Harmonics on the Guitar

Get your guitar out and ready to discover some cool sounds - Mr. Josh Theriot, senior guitar faculty member at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, walks you though a variety of harmonic production techniques on the guitar.

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Piano Lesson | Chords Tutorial (Part 1) - Constructing & Playing Major Triads in all 12 Keys

Ryan Cullen, Director at LAAPA, discusses the construction of major triads - breaking it down to half steps, whole steps, minor 3rds, and major 3rds. After watching this video, you'll be able to figure out any major triad on the piano!

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Piano Lesson | Chords Tutorial (Part 2) - Inversions of the Major Triads

In this edition of our Lagniappe Lesson piano chord series, Ryan discusses how to invert major triads - from root position, to first inversion and second inversion.

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Piano Lesson | Chords Tutorial (Part 3) - Open vs. Closed Position Major Triads

In this edition of our Lagniappe Lesson piano chord series, Ryan discusses the difference between closed position and open position major triads as well as how to combine them for some powerful chord voicings.

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How to Read Standard Pitch Notation

Ryan Cullen, Academy Director, discusses how to get started with reading international pitch notation with 4 unique mnemonics (all revolving around food). If you've always wanted to learn how to read sheet music or wondered how it works, you'll feel right at home here and learn the basics! Download the handout below!

How to Read Standard Pitch Notation Handout

Purchase Music Flashcards in the LAAPA Store here!

Write music! Download music staff paper!

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How to Choose a Digital Piano when starting Piano Lessons

When getting started in piano lessons, many times an acoustic piano isn't in the budget or parents wish to wait and see if the student sticks with lessons before making the investment. Ryan Cullen, Academy Director, discusses the different options available with digital pianos.

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Digital Lesson Planning with Lessonmate

Students at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts now have access to digital assignment notebooks with video, audio, pictures, PDF files and more! Is your music teacher using the latest technology to help you get the most out of your lessons?

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Creativity in Music - Inject your Personality into your Piano and Vocal Performances!

Mrs. Katarina, instructor of piano/voice lessons at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in Mandeville and River Ridge, Louisiana demonstrates how to use your personality for a creative and fun approach to playing the piano and singing.

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Major Scales on the Piano

Ms. Rebecca, instructor of piano/voice at LAAPA walks us through creating and playing a C Major scale on the piano.

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Introduction to the Violin

Ms. Kate, Instructor of Violin at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts introduces the violin.

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Rock Piano Groove

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts Faculty member, Mr. Russell, demonstrates the classic I-IV-V rock groove in the key of C.

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Vocal Warm-Ups and Singing Tips

In this edition of Lagniappe Lessons, Ms. Lori, instructor of voice/piano at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts discusses proper warm-ups and other tips for singers!

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Guitar Power Chords

In this edition of Lagniappe Lessons, Mr. John, instructor of guitar/piano at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts discusses how to change ordinary chords into power chords!