Welcome to the Mandeville School of Music & Dance - Music Lessons & Dance Classes in Mandeville, LA 70471 for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and more!
Originally established in 1993 as a division of the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, the Mandeville School of Music & Dance has grown to become the Northshore's largest private music school and dance school. We're the only performing arts school in Mandeville that offers both music lessons and dance classes under one roof which allows our busy families and students to save hours each month traveling between different lesson providers.
Music Academy in Mandeville for kids, teens, & adults
As the Northshore's leader for music lessons, the Mandeville School of Music & Dance offers a variety of music programs for students of all ages to explore. We teach all types of students at LAAPA from brand new beginners (as young as age 2) to professional musicians (usually interested in learning an additional instrument or preparing for auditions/recording sessions). Many of our students are just interested in getting started and having fun with music and yet others live and breathe music 7 days a week and practice for many hours a day. Rest assured that wherever you or your child may fall in terms of level and ability, our university trained music instructors will make you will feel right at home with customized lesson plans that are fun and engaging!
We love the fact that our community music school serves and appeals to students of all backgrounds, interests, levels, and age. Although you won't see many of their smiling faces on our website (because they are camera shy), our adult students feel right at home at the school and often mention that they took music lessons years ago and finally now have the time to get started again! Our music teachers are typically available for lessons between 2:30-9:00 PM Monday-Thursday and from 2:30-7:30PM Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM-3PM. We can also sometimes accomodate earlier times on certain days for our homeschool and adult students who may want a lunchtime lesson or even morning lesson.
At the Mandeville School of Music & Dance, we have implemented what we believe to be an extremely well-rounded program in music education which not only encompasses private music lessons across a variety of instruments and genres, but also incorporates music theory, composition, and technology. Because we believe in providing students with a comprehensive education, our weekly music theory classes are open to all students enrolled in private lessons free of charge. These extra classes are completely optional classes, but students able to attend will greatly enhance their knowledge of the fundamentals of music and will have a better understanding of how and why music works the way that it does.
All of our music studios feature iPads with new and exciting apps which allow students to practice note reading, rhythm, composition/arranging and more. Our faculty use the in studio iPads to upload videos, PDF sheet music, and lesson plans through our digital assignment platform called LessonMate which allows students and parents to receive weekly detailed updates online!
Watch a Music Lesson below (courtesy of our Lagniappe Lesson Series) with Ms. Alexandra, piano/voice instructor.
Piano Lessons in Mandeville (beginning-advanced levels)
Piano lessons are a part of the original core curriculum of the Mandeville School of Music & Dance, so it should be no surprise that we have over 30 piano instructors on the faculty ready to help you learn to play your favorite songs! When learning the piano, choosing the most appropriate method is just as important as choosing the right instructor!
For younger students, we often recommend the Music For Little Mozart series. Our own LAAPA Press has also published a piano method for the young beginner called, "Piano Prodigy". For ages 6-up, we use and recommend a variety of methods including Alfred, Faber & Faber, Bastien, Thompson, etc. Our Mandeville campus offers piano lessons and keyboard lessons for ages 5-adult at all levels beginning - advanced.
While many music instructors prefer to teach only advanced piano students, our piano instructors are hired for their passion for teaching students of all backgrounds and abilities. Our piano faculty members are all hand picked by the School Director not only for their teaching credentials, but for their abilities to motivate and inspire students.
Watch a Piano Lesson below with Ms. Kadi on "Understanding Chord Progressions" (compliments of our Lagniappe Lesson Series).
Voice lessons at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance are taught by some of the finest vocal instructors on the Northshore with university degrees from nationally recognized schools of music from around the world.
When choosing a vocal instructor, it's extremely important to select someone who has a comprehensive knowledge of vocal pedagogy (which is the study of teaching students how to sing). In music news today, you'll often find current pop stars who have to cancel events or tours due to overextending their voice or developing vocal nodules due to improper voice techniques. Our vocal instructors are all trained to teach proper warmups, breathing techniques, diction, sight-singing, piano based music theory, and age appropriate literature. Our faculty are specialists in a variety of styles of voice including classical, jazz, broadway/musical theater, opera, rock, blues, and more.
While we do start private voice lessons at age 5, great care is taken to avoid over extending the young vocal cords. At age 5, students focus on learning to match pitch, ear training, and appropriate children's repertoire from Disney, Broadway, etc. Between ages 12-13, the lesson content begins to include additional technical etudes that properly exercise and nurture the matured vocal cords.
Watch a Voice Lesson with Dr. Vera, piano & vocal instructor at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance, as she demonstrates how to warm up your vocal cords when singing.
Guitar Lessons in Mandeville for students (ages 6-up)
Guitar lessons at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance are provided in a variety of styles and formats. As all students' needs are different, we don't have a one size fits all approach to teaching. A child who is beginning guitar lessons for the very first time will have a very different lesson than an experienced adult who is ready to take his/her playing to the next level.
At the Mandeville School of Music & Dance, we're also very open to tailoring the lessons to the interests of our students. Some students may want their guitar lessons to focus on learning to play chords and read lead sheets, others may want to be able to play and improvise lead solos that they've heard from their favorite bands, and still others may want to work on classical guitar preludes and other technical exercises or perhaps a mixture of all of the above! Whether you're interested in learning to play classical, jazz, blues, rock, christian, country, etc, our guitar instructors are ready to help! We teach students of all ages and offer beginning-advanced guitar lessons at our Mandeville campus. Our guitar teachers also offer lessons in banjo, ukulele, mandolin or even the mountain dulcimer!
Most young guitar students begin on an acoustic guitar as it takes time for finger strength to build. We accept students as young as age 6 in the guitar program and we can recommend excellent 1/2 and 3/4 size guitars as needed for smaller students. Getting an instrument that is the proper size for the student is of the utmost importance to ensure a positive first experience in guitar lessons!
Watch a Guitar Lesson with Mr. John on how to play Power Chords on the Guitar!
Violin Lessons (as well as viola, cello, & doublebass lessons) in Mandeville (ages 4-up)
Violin lessons at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance begin as early as age 4. All of our violin instructors and string program teachers are able to work with students at such young ages through the Suzuki Violin method as well as Evelyn Avsharian's "Songs for Little Players" (and more) both of which provide a very basic approach to getting started in music notation. As our violin students age, our faculty are quick to incorporate traditional note reading and music theory as well.
For older students, whether you're interested in traditional fiddle music or classical violin sonatas, our violin faculty will help you to reach your goals. In addition to being excellent teachers, many of our violin teachers perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and other local orchestras. Parents of students under age 5 are encouraged (but not required) to participate in the lessons so that they can help them to practice at home.
Parents and students who are just getting started in violin lessons should know that violins are unique in their physical builds. They have a variety of available size options (almost as many as a pair of shoes!). This can sometimes make it confusing when trying to figure out the best violin size for you or your child. Before purchasing your instrument, we always encourage all new students to first stop by the school and have one of our violin instructors size them. If you are working with a local violin store, they can also make recommendations while you are shopping.
As with any musical instrument, violins come in at a variety of price points. You can learn a little more about what to look for in terms of quality and corresponding pricing guidelines on our main violin/string page (click the red button below). We are also more than happy to have one of our violin teachers offer his/her opinion(s) if you are trying to decide between a few different models.
Watch a Violin Lesson with Ms. Bridget on the beginning fiddle playing!
Drum Lessons in Mandeville for students (ages 5-up)
Our drum lessons and percussion instruction at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance begin as early as age 5 and typically focus on just the snare drum at first. The reason for this is because the snare drum is at the heart of the drum kit and basic rhythms and rudiments must be introduced and mastered there before proceeding. That being said, it generally isn't very long before the diligent student is ready to move on to the full drum set.
At the Mandeville campus, we have both acoustic and high quality digital drum set with mesh heads for the best volume and technical controls. Our drum instructors are comfortable teaching in the styles of rock, jazz, pop, marching band, r&b, christian, country, and more.
In addition to the standard drum set, our percussion faculty are also comfortable teaching traditional marching band style drum techniques/fancy stick tricks, etc to prepare students for their school band drumlines. In fact, several of our drum teachers are current or former band directors at local schools such as Mandeville High School!
Watch a Drum Lesson with Mr. Josh on basic rudiments!
Dance Classes in Mandeville for Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theater, Tumbling & more offered for ages 2-adult
Dance classes at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance are offered in a variety of styles for kids, teens, and adults. Our dance classes are presented in a non-competitive environment allowing students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn and enjoy the art of dance in a fun, low pressure, yet physically stimulating and challenging environment. Whether you or your child are brand new beginners to dance or already experienced, we have a program for you in ballet, tap, tumbling, hip-hop, musical theater, toddler dance, contemporary, and more!
Our dance school features a completely custom floating maple hardwood floor which ensures that our students and instructors do not injure or overly fatigue their knees, ankles, and lower backs. Our dance recital is offered each June and held at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington and all students are also invited to audition for our December Christmas dance show (held at Loyola University New Orleans).
LAAPA offers the most well rounded and comprehensive dance classes in Mandeville which teach dancers technique, artistry, a history of dance, how to create original choreography, teamwork, essential dance vocabulary, and more.
Pre-Ballet classes at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance are an excellent introduction into the world of dance. The young beginner will experience fun and creative classes that combine a variety of games with essential ballet techniques, steps, choreography and barre work. All pre-ballet instruction is age appropriate.
Comprehensive Listing of all Music & Dance Programs Offered
We realize that you have a choice of many music academies and schools in Mandeville which is why every day we work to ensure that we are offering our students the best possible educational experience with exceptional faculty members, the best facilities, and a vast selection of music and dance programs to offer students of all ages.
A comprehensive listing of our music and dance classes offered at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance include instruction in piano, guitar, voice singing, vocal coaching, violin, bass, trumpet, flute, saxophone, drum, jazz studies, jazz band, choir, ensemble, preschool music, viola, cello, composition, theory, ear-training. We offer dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, parent & tot, contemporary/modern. Our music and dance instructors teach a variety of styles including classical, jazz, r&b, christian, country, blues, ska, and more.
Mandeville School of Music & Dance - Brief History
LAAPA first arrived in Mandeville in 1993 and taught music lessons in piano, voice, and guitar in a single room unit close to the Causeway. Shortly thereafter between 1994-2003, we relocated first to the Beau Rivage subdivision and then to the Beacham Place Shopping Center on Hwy 22 near Francos. It was also during this time that we added many other programs such as violin, cello, drums, brass, woodwinds, preschool music. From 2004-2017, the school was a staple of the Old Mandeville neighborhood on Girod St., just a few blocks from the lakefront on the northshore. Due to an aging building and continued growth, the academy directors began to search for a new location in 2015.
In October 2017, the school finished construction of it's brand new, state of the art 4,000 square foot facility at 105 Campbell Ave #3 in Mandeville, LA. The new location was completely custom built and includes 10 private music lesson studios - all insulated for sound proofing, 2 music and dance performance halls for larger groups (with Steinway and Yamaha grand pianos), a 32 track recording studio, iPads in each studio, and more. All classrooms have viewing windows as well as closed circuit security cameras (with a large monitor in the lobby) for parent observations.
The current location is conveniently located in the center of Mandeville, just off of Highway 59 across from Fountainebleau High and Junior High. From I-12, take the Mandeville/Abita Springs exit onto Hwy 59. From Highway 59, look for the Campbell Business Park highway sign that says "Music and Dance Lessons" between Campbell Roofing and the 5 Minute Oil change.
Mandeville School of Music & Dance
105 Campbell Ave #3
Mandeville, LA 70471 (985) 674.2992 (office) (E-mail this School)
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Academy Hours of Operation:
With the exception of school holidays, concert days, and other special events, the following regular schedule applies to all campuses:
Monday - Thursday
Telephone Hours 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM M-TH
School Office/Class Hours 1:00-9:00 PM
Telephone Hours 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
School Office/Class Hours 1:00 PM-7:00 PM
Telephone Hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
School Office/Class Hours 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please note that during holiday breaks, the office will be open on a limited schedule between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is always best to call the office before dropping by the Academy during holiday breaks to ensure that we're open.