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New Orleans Music Lessons & Dance Classes

A short commute from the city will lead you to the largest private school of music and dance in New Orleans with the most extensive performing arts programs under one roof!

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

Located just outside the birthplace of jazz, a short commute via the Earhart Expressway (or I-10 to Clearview) will take you into the quiet suburbs of Harahan/River Ridge and the largest, private school of music and dance in New Orleans.

Featuring 12 beautiful and spacious music and dance studios and two large performance halls, we proudly offer a diverse range of instrumental music and dance programs for kids, teens, and adults at beginning through advanced levels.

From rock guitar to pop voice lessons to classical piano lessons and ballet classes, we do it all here at LAAPA! Take a moment to read 17 reasons more parents and students enroll in music lessons & dance classes with LAAPA.

Choosing the Right Music or Dance Teacher in New Orleans

Kids in New Orleans learning to play the guitar

New Orleans is world famous for its musicians, dancers and educators (and food-you REALLY haven't eaten until you've experienced our cuisine here in NOLA!).

Here in the city, you have the option to study with so many professional musicians and dance artists, so why do more students and families in the area consistently choose LAAPA?

Finding a great instructor isn't as simple as contacting your favorite local musician or dance professional. In fact, many top performing artists are often much less talented instructors because their brilliant minds function in completely different ways than most students' do. Students, especially beginners, need and thrive on fundamental information presented in a succint, fun, and inspirational manner.

While all of our faculty members are certainly very capable performing artists, they are also exceptional music and dance educators with strong pedagogy skills. Unlike other local schools, out of state/online teaching services, and rock based programs in New Orleans, we don't just hire any musician or dancer that can play well or dabbles in teaching music or dance on the side out of their apartment or home.

At LAAPA, we have the most qualified, university trained teaching faculty in New Orleans. The ability to break down complex subjects into smaller, comprehensible "nuggets" of information that students of all ages can process is a rare talent; these are the faculty members we are proud to work with at LAAPA.

The Academy Directors extensively interview teaching candidates locally, around the country, and sometimes even internationally. Each candidate is rated on his/her abilities in communication, knowledge in their fields, passion and enthusiasm for teaching students of ages and levels, and more. Taking the extra time to only hire faculty members who align with our mission to provide all students with a comprehensive music and dance education in their program is key to the success of our institution.

Even if you ultimately decide LAAPA isn't the best fit for your needs, we encourage you to check out some of our resources for beginning students via the EXPLORE links below! Our students have mentioned to us that these were particularly helpful when they were first interested in getting started in their journey.

If you've already decided on a particular music or dance program, just scroll onward below for more details on all that we offer!

Kids in New Orleans learning to dance during Hip Hop class.


Can I Learn to Play, Sing, or Dance Online?

Kids in New Orleans learning to play the guitar
Kids in New Orleans learning to dance online during Ballet class!

All of our students at LAAPA have had the option to take lessons in person or online since 2012 when video conferencing was finally becoming stable and popular. As Internet technology has continued to improve, taking a live online lesson with our New Orleans based faculty is easier than ever.

To get started with online lessons, you'll need a stable internet connection, laptop, desktop, or smart device (iOS or Android) as well as your instrument or dance attire. We're happy to help you select suitable equipment at extremely affordable prices should you have questions or require assistance in that area. Our online dance students do follow all in person protocols for our class dress code.


Student and Parent Success Stories

My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Mr Daniel for almost 2 years. She was young when she started (had just turned 5) and he was very patient with her as she learned proper hand placement and the basics. He's done a wonderful job of both allowing her personality and creativity "to be" and at the same time teaching her the fundamentals of piano. It's been a joy to watch her develop over time and most importantly, to witness her love for piano. Whenever I check in with her about the activities she's doing, piano (and with Mr Daniel) is the one thing she always insists we keep. He has been wonderful for us.

Erin K. ~ New Orleans, LA


We love this school! My 6 year old son attended their camp this summer and had an amazing time. He had the opportunity to play all sorts of instruments, dance, act & learn about music theory too. The recitals at the end of each week are so amazing - you can't help tearing up with pride. We decided to sign up for piano class this fall & he absolutely loves Wednesdays with Ms. Hannah. She is so sweet and patient and he has learned so much from her already. My son is Autistic and every single person we have encountered at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance has treated him with kindness and enthusiasm. I feel like we have found such a special place to nourish his artistic talents. Now the only question is - what class should sign up for next!

Katy G. ~ New Orleans, LA


Here's Why More New Orleans Families Choose LAAPA for Music Lessons and Dance Classes

  • Learn In-Person at our beautiful 4500+ ft2 campus or Online
  • University Trained, Professional Music & Dance Educators who LOVE to teach
  • Family Friendly, Safe Environment with CCTV monitoring in lobby and background checks performed on all faculty/staff
  • Customized lesson plans based on the interests of each student
  • Studio and Equipment sanitization after each student and Ionized HVAC systems powered by Global Plasma Solutions using NPBI (Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization) technology (as used by the White House, Google, Harvard University and more)
  • Widest variety of lesson options in the area - learn just about any musical instrument or dance style
  • All inclusive program with 1 free hour of recording studio time annually (all private music students), free weekly music theory classes (all private music students), free strength and conditioning classes (all dancers enrolled in 2 or more programs)
  • Regular Performing Opportunities on and off campus
  • Voted "Best Local Lessons" by the Greater New Orleans community in a variety of publications around town
 Best Local Music Lessons and Dance Classes as voted by the New Orleans Community

Driving Directions to LAAPA (coming from various points of interest in New Orleans)


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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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