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Metairie Music Lessons & Dance Classes

When beginning music or dance instruction and choosing a Metairie music school and/or private instructor, it is important to consider all aspects of each educator and/or facility as classes are a serious commitment and investment!

Lessons in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums, Ballet, Hip Hop Dance and more in Metairie

A quick drive just a few minutes to the southwest of Metairie will lead you into the quiet neighborhood of Harahan, home to Louisiana's premiere, private school of music and dance.

With over 30 music and dance programs available for kids, teens, and adults, LAAPA offers the most comprehensive performing arts program in Jefferson Parish. Our campus boasts 10 large classrooms, 2 performance halls and 3 lobbies and over 4,500 square feet of space for our community. All of our classroom feature HD cameras and our lobbies have large observation monitors so parents can easily watch lessons in progress from anywhere in the building.

We understand that you have a choice of many local music and dance schools and educators within the city of Metairie, however none can offer all of what we do in a single location. We encourage you to browse our extensive website to learn more about us and see why we more families have chosen to sing or play their first notes and/or tap their toes for the first time with LAAPA! Check out 18 reasons our students and parents can't wait for their lessons each week at LAAPA.

What Sets Our Music School & Dance Studio Apart!

Kids in Metairie learning to play the guitar

The story of our school began in the late 70's not too far away from our present campus in the Elmwood area. At 349 Walter Road in River Ridge, Wanda Cullen, Director Emeritus, began teaching piano lessons out of her home. As word grew about her music program, she soon hired other piano teachers, gradually added guitar, singing, and more until the school outgrew her home.

Over the past forty years, several campuses and thousands of students later, we are now teaching the children and grandchildren of our original students, and our academy is still a Louisiana owned and family operated facility!

Each year, our roots continue to grow deeper within our community, and while our facilities continue to be upgraded, our faculty, staff, and program offerings continue to grow, our original mission remains unchanged - "Imparting the joy of music and dance to students of all ages and levels!"

Our student body is diverse, and in order to stay true to our mission, each lesson and class is customized to the needs and goals of the student. One student may be interested in starting guitar lessons just for fun as a part time hobby while another may be interested in pursuing dance at the professional level and interested in training for a college audition. Our University Trained faculty ensure that each student is able to receive exactly the kind of support and instruction he/she is seeking.

From piano lessons, to ballet classes, to songwriting, to rock bands and toddler music classes, families really can experience it all here! Because of our diverse and talented faculty (all hand picked by our Academy Director), we are able to reduce your time waiting and traveling to different lesson providers by schedules many classes simultaneously.

From here, we generally encourage brand new beginning students to learn more about our various programs by starting with the "EXPLORE" links posted below.

Already know which programs are of interest? In that case, proceed to our complete list of program options and links below!

Kids in Metairie learning to dance during Hip Hop class.


Are Online Lessons Available at LAAPA?

Kids in Metairie learning to play and dance online in Ballet class

Absolutely! Online learning at LAAPA began way back in 2012, and as of today we've taught thousands of students how to play, dance, and sing completely online from the comfort of their home.

Any student who has a stable internet connection, tablet, smart phone, desktop or laptop computer is able to take their lessons online! Music students will need to have an appropriate instrument (such as drums, keyboard, guitar, etc) and dancers must follow our regular class dress code.

Kids in Metairie singing online during Voice class!


Student and Parent Success Stories

Reagan really enjoys his guitar lesson with Mr. Bill that he can't wait for Monday to arrive. He says Mr. Bill makes learning fun and he doesn't feel pressured or bad of he can't get the song right away. Mr. Bill is always calm and positive and interested in what Reagan wants to learn.

Pat D. ~ Metairie, LA


My daughter was interested in piano but still nervous about starting lessons. The very first lesson that she took with Mr. Russell, she was immediately hooked. She was smiling and excited about learning piano! He is the best! At the end of each lesson, I get to see what she learned that day. She gets so excited to show me what she learned. I know these lessons will stay with her a lifetime. I'm so happy that she found something she loves and looks forward to.

Anne M. ~ Metairie, LA


What Can I Expect at LAAPA's Metairie Campus?

  • Choose to Take Lessons Online or In-Person at our Beautiful 4,500 square foot facility.
  • Professional University Degreed Music Faculty and Professional Dance Faculty with over 40 instructors on staff to ensure that students are able to student with an instructor who most closely matches his/her personality and learning styles.
  • We teach the songs, styles, and steps students want to learn whether classical, jazz, pop, rock, funk, ballet, tap, hip-hop, christian, etc.
  • Safe, family neighborhood with CCTV monitoring and large observation windows in all studios.
  • Latest educational technology with easy to use digital parent/student/teacher communication tools.
  • Exceptionally well sanitized studios with equipment wiped down after each student. HVAC Ionization by Global Plasma Solutions using their trademarked NPBI (Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization) system(also used by the Federal Govenment and other prestigious institutions).
  • Largest performing arts program in Jefferson Parish with the most convenient scheduling opportunities saving parents hours of driving to and from various lesson providers each week.
  • Most flexible makeup program in the city with unlimited makeup workshops for any absence as long as you are currently enrolled.
  • Comprehensive programs with no additional fees include: 45 minute weekly theory classes (all private music lessons) and strength & conditioning classes (dance classes w/ enrollment of 2 or more classes).
  • Regular recitals held each December and June in professional theatres and auditoriums using state of the art audio and lighting systems. Trophy awards presented at our Spring Recitals. Honors Recital held each April featuring performancesby the top 25-30 students each year within all three of our locations.
  • Winner of numerous "Best Local Lessons" awards.
Best Local Music Lessons and Dance Classes as voted by the Community

Driving Directions to LAAPA (coming from Lakeside Mall)


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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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