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Elmwood Music Lessons & Dance Classes

Located at 2020 Dickory Ave in Elmwood, LAAPA offers instruction in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Drums, Ballet, Hip Hop and more!

About our Local Music and Dance Studio

Located nearby on Dickory Ave (next to the world famous Shimmy Shack restaurant), just off the Earhart Expressway near the entrance of Harahan and River Ridge, is Greater New Orleans' largest, private school of music and dance!

As we are fortunate to live within the suburbs of New Orleans - a city rich in artistic culture, you have your pick of numerous music schools and dance schools with wonderful teachers. So, why do more parents and students choose to take lessons with LAAPA? Read onward below, or click here to for our homepage and check out 18 reasons our students and parents can't wait for their lessons each week at LAAPA.

Lessons in Elmwood for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Drums, Ballet, Hip-Hop Dance and More for Kids-Teens-Adults

Student in Elmwood receiving his award for learning to play music

At LAAPA, our mission is to enrich the lives of kids, teens, and adults by inspiring them through the art of music and dance. We have been privileged to work with thousands of families here in the Greater New Orleans community for well over 40 years now.

We offer weekly private music lessons and dance classes as most local schools do, but in addition to the wide variety of program options offered, our communication skills, attention to detail, organizational skills and overall execution of day to day operations are just a few of the noticeable differences you'll find.

We are fortunate to work with some of the most talented, University-Trained educators in New Orleans who have a true passion for teaching and sharing their love of music and dance with their students.

Every student who takes lessons at LAAPA has a reason and goal for attending. As a school that celebrates diversity, we welcome students of all levels, ages, and levels of talent from children who are brand new beginners to high schoolers preparing for college auditions to adults interested in picking up a new instrument or preparing to dance for an upcoming wedding or social event. Regardless of your age of level of experience, we guarantee you'll be right at home in our community.

Families who are just beginning research on getting started should find our two "EXPLORE" links below quite helpful in determining which programs work best in terms of ages for the young beginner. Students ages 7-adult are welcome to begin in most programs.

For your convenience and browsing pleasure, we've listed a comprehensive overview of all programs below!

Children in Elmwood learning to dance during Ballet class.


Are Music Lessons & Dance Classes Available Live Online at LAAPA?

Kids in Elmwood learning to play music online.

All of our music and dance programs are available for live, online lessons via the Zoom application! LAAPA has offered online instruction for the past seven years, and all we've taught thousands and thousands of lessons to students all around the world.

With the rapid development of Internet technology, the overall experience for students taking lessons online is better today than ever before! The key to ensuring you have a trouble free/technical glitch free lesson is to ensure you have a stable Internet connection, updated software applications (we use the latest version of Zoom), recent (within the last 3-5 years) computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone.

Students taking music lessons should also ensure that they have an instrument at home for their lessons and for practicing. Dance students should refer to our class dress code guidelines. We are happy to help with recommending instruments/equipment if you have questions before purchasing something!

Kids in Elmwood singing online during Voice class!


Student and Parent Success Stories

We are so happy here! This is the one class our 6 year old is always excited to attend — whether she's doing voice or piano. She always has fun and has progressed so much. The atmosphere is professional but still warm and friendly. We recommend LAAPA to everyone.

Melanie B. ~ Elmwood, LA


My soon-to-be 6 year old son has been taking piano lessons for nearly a year now and he absolutely loves it. He began with Mrs. Maria who was just wonderful with him. Since her departure, Ms. Hannah has taken over and the transition has been great. She is very patient, fun and enthusiastic about teaching. She is flexible with presenting lessons to him keeping it fun and exciting for his age. The staff is very kind and professional. He enjoys being a student.

Dwana S. ~ Elmwood, LA


Here's Why Our Families in Elmwood Love their Classes at LAAPA!

  • Beautiful, 4,500 square foot campus in safe, family friendly neighborhood
  • Meet with a University-Trained professional live online or in-person and choose from over 30 music and dance programs/styles
  • Attention to cleanliness with all instruments and studio equipment disinfected between students and classes
  • Constant air purification powered by Global Plasma Solutions' Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology
  • Hassle free makeup policy with makeup workshops offered for any reason with or without notice as long as you're currently enrolled
  • Fun & Educational Summer Music & Dance Camp programs for students ages 5-16
  • Digital communication and assignment platform for students, parents, and teachers ensuring that everyone is always on the same page
  • Complimentary recording studio time (1 free hour annually) to all currently enrolled music students
  • Complimentary 60 minute weekly strength and conditioning classes for all dance students enrolled in 2 or more classes
  • Complimentary 45 minute weekly music theory classes for all private music students.
  • Variety of performance opportunities each June and December at our showcases held in professional theaters and auditoriums
  • Voted by our community for multiple "Best Local Lessons" awards
 Best Local Music Lessons and Dance Classes as voted by the residents of Elmwood

Driving Directions to LAAPA (coming from Elmwood Shopping Area)


Upcoming Events

Questions? Click below to check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Call, text or email - we're here to help Monday-Thursday 8 AM - 9 PM, Friday 8 AM - 7:30 PM, and Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM.

Please note that during holiday breaks, the office will be open between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is always best to call the office before dropping by the Academy in person during holiday breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

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