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Over the years, our faculty have written and produced a variety of tutorials and educational content courtesy of our Lagniappe Lesson series. Content is listed with most recent articles appearing first - use the tags to sort by category.

Popular Lessons & Articles

Learn how to read music at LAAPA in Metairie, New Orleans, and Mandeville, LA Learn how to enunciate and sing clearly during your vocal lessons at LAAPA in Mandeville, Metairie, Harahan, New Orleans, LA Learn how to create a hair bun for dance students in Covington, Harahan, and Mandeville, LA. Mr. Reggie walks you through how to growl on the saxophone. Ryan walks you through creating open and closed major chords on the piano. Learn how to play the fiddle with LAAPA in Metairie, New Orleans, and Mandeville, LA

Recent Lessons & Articles

In's & Out's of Ballet Classes in Mandeville, LA

October 25, 2022

In's & Out's of Ballet Classes

By Bri M.

Dance Chair Emeritus, Mrs. Bri shares 5 things to consider when beginning ballet classes!

musical theatre
How to prepare for your next Musical Theatre audition!

February 3, 2022

Musical Theatre Community Class - Preparing for your Next Audition

By Rebecca P. & Nicoli H.

Join Mrs. Rebecca and Mr. Nicoli as they discuss a history of musical theatre, repetoire, and preparing for a successful audition.

Learn how to write and compose your own original music!

April 15, 2021

How to Write a Song for Singer/Songwriters

By Chris H.

Join Mr. Chris as he unlocks the secrets to writing great original acoustic music for singer/songwriters.

Here's what to keep in your dance school bag!

July 9, 2020

What to Keep in your Dance School Bag!

By Mary S.

Join Mrs. Mary as she dives into her dance bag to explore everything she keeps handy on a daily basis for all of her classes!

Finding Note Names on the Piano

July 7, 2020

Finding Note Names on the Piano

By Jennifer H.

Ms. Jennifer shows you how to find the names of all white keys on the piano!

Tendus for Dancers

June 26, 2020

Tendus for Dancers

By Kaylin W.

Ms. Kaylin demonstrates basic tendu technique.

How to Play 7th chords on the piano

May 6, 2020

Piano Chords - Major, Dominant, Minor, Diminished

By Ryan T.

Mr. Ryan shares his system for learning how to play a variety of 7th chords!

Pirouettes Ballet Technique

April 27, 2020


By Desiree W.

Ms. Desiree demonstrates a quick dance class on Pirouttes.


April 27, 2020

Vocal Journal for Singers

By Carolyn R.

Mrs. Carolyn discusses her new book helping singers of all ages to reach new heights by setting and tracking goals and progress.


April 26, 2020

Piano Recital Tips (for Beginners)

By Ryan C. & Vera Z.

Ryan and Dr. Vera discuss all you need to know for your first piano recital!

History of the Guitar

April 24, 2020

History of Guitar Styles - Part I

By Josh T.

In Part I of this Lagniappe Lesson series, Mr. Josh Theriot walks you through the evolution of the guitar styles from the Renaissance-Classical periods.

Tap Dance Paradiddle

March 28, 2020

Tap Paradiddle

By Savannah P.

In this edition of our Lagniappe Lesson series, Ms. Savannah demonstrates one of her favorite tap paradiddles for her dance students!

Pentatonic Blues Improvisation

February 26, 2020

Pentatonic/Blues Scale Improvisation

By Ryan T.

Mr. Ryan, Instructor of Guitar and General Music at LAAPA will walk you through how to get started with improvising over the 12 bar blues on the guitar.

Nutrition for Dancers

February 11, 2020

Dancer Nutrition, Stretching, Choreography Secrets

By Desiree W.

In this episode of our Lagniappe Lesson series, Ms. Desiree, Ms. Kaylin, Mrs. Mollie, and Ms. Savannah discuss Tips and Secrets of the dance trade for students and parents.

Vocal Warmups for Singers

December 12, 2019

Vocal Warmups for Singers

By Jennifer H.

Ms. Jennifer shows singers of all ages how to warmup before their next performance or lesson!

Learn about the History of Mandeville, LA

January 14, 2020

A History of Mandeville, LA

By Staff

Learn about a brief history of the Northshore and how Mandeville, Louisiana came to be what it is today!

5 Benefits of Dance Classes in Mandeville and Covington, LA

January 3, 2020

5 Ways Dance Impacts Personal Development

By Mary S.

Dance Chair Emeritus, Mrs. Mary discusses how dancers experience personal growth through their classes!

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