In this edition of our Lagniappe Lesson series, Ms. Alexandra discusses the importance of playing music with dynamics. Dynamics are the equivalent of someone speaking with expression in their voice, in turn maintaining the interest of the audience.
Performing without any dynamic variation can be unpleasant (especially with constant loud playing) or simply boring to your audience!
In this edition of our Lagniappe Lesson series, Mr. Peter demonstrates a variety of techniques for building a strong embouchure which apply to all brass instruments such as trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba. What is an embouchure? Embouchure is the use of the lips, facial muscles, tongue, and teeth in playing a wind instrument. This includes shaping the lips to the mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument or the mouthpiece of a brass instrument.
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.
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!
Mrs. Mary walks you through the fundamentals of plies in this ballet class tutorial. Learn more about taking ballet classes at our campuses in River Ridge, Harahan, and Mandeville, LA at http://www.laapa.com/ballet-classes-mandeville-river-ridge
In this episode of Lagniappe Lessons, LAAPA drum instructor, Mr. Josh, demonstrates some essential rudiments and techniques on the drum set. By the end of the video, you will be playing along to "We Will Rock You!"
Getting Started in Dance Classes - a beginner's guide
New to dance classes in the New Orleans or Mandeville area? Ryan interviews Mrs. Mary Shaffo, Department of Dance Chair at LAAPA about what beginners and parents new to dance classes need to know when getting started and choosing a school of dance!
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!
Ms. Kadi, instructor of piano and voice at LAAPA discusses the basics of chord progressions at the piano. Chord progressions are the order and time in which harmonic structures move. In this video you'll learn all of the chords/triads in the key of C major. After watching, see if you can play the chords in a variety of different orders to create your own progression and song!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.