New Orleans Piano Lessons
If you're looking for private in-studio or online New Orleans piano lessons, you've come to the right place! The Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts has been providing private piano lessons to residents of NOLA for over 40 years. To be a bit more precise, since 1978 our piano instructors have taught tens of thousands of lessons to kids, teens, and adults! While many schools for piano lessons come and go, it's a priviledge today for us to hear often that we are now bringing the love and joy of the piano to the children and even grandchildren of our earliest students!
About our Piano Department and Programs:
At LAAPA, we realize that students want to learn the piano for a variety of different reasons and are also interested in learning a wide range of playing styles. Perhaps you're interested in traditional or classical piano and the works of Frederic Chopin, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy (etc); or maybe you're more a fan of New Orleans piano like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, or Jelly Roll Morton? Whatever your stylistic preferences and goals are (rock, pop, jazz, classical, christian, blues, funk, country, or honky-tonk, and more) our university trained piano teachers are ready to help you play the songs you love in a professional and (most importantly) FUN environment.
Beginning Piano Lessons for All Ages:
Is there someone in your house that loves to bang around on the piano or perhaps you've always wanted to try out a few piano lessons and time got away from you? Private lessons start at age 5 for those curious explorers and it's never too late to get started for adults! At LAAPA, we teach hundreds of beginning piano lessons each week for students of all ages including kids, teens, and adults. We love helping beginning students get started because we are then assured that they are receiving a solid foundation and receiving the correct training from the start!
About our Piano Instructors:
Many of our piano teachers are what we call "home grown" in that sense that they earned their professional music degrees and experience right here in the Crescent City. Our faculty have attended Loyola University New Orleans, University of Miami, Tulane University, as well as UNO, Xavier University, and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary just to name a few.
In addition to their teaching credentials, many of our piano teachers are professional musicians whom you can catch performing all over the city and in some cases even nationally and internationally!
What makes a good Piano Instructor?:
While there are so many phenomenal musicians and pianists in New Orleans, they are not all equally talented at teaching. Some musicians prefer to perform and teach on the side because they need additional income to support themselves. Other musicians teach because it's their primary focus and passion. Still other pianists enjoy both professions equally and place a great amount of dedication and energy into both areas. When interviewing prospective instructors, we recommend asking how long they have been teaching in the area and whether or not they are able to share recommendations from former or current students/parents.
Parents of young students should also not hesitate to ask independent piano teachers to provide a copy of a recent background check. Family safety is extremely important!
At LAAPA, we only hire the most talented and engaging educators for our students.
All of our prospective piano instructors undergo a rigourous 6 point hiring process including initial resume review, phone interview, personal interview, multiple background checks, reference checks, instruction and performance tests. Additionally, all of our teaching studios have security cameras installed.
What kind of a piano do I need to get started?:
This generally depends on the type of music you are interested in learning as well as your budget. For most students interested in begginer piano lessons, it's perfectly fine to start with a basic 61 note keyboard that has full sized keys and is touch sensitive. Currently Yamaha and Casio make some excellent introductory models in the $100-300 range. At the academy, we have the Yamaha Np-11 series for our beginning keyboard classes. Students who wish to pursue electronic music, rock keyboard, or organ may be satisfied with 61 or even 49 key instruments and can experiment with a variety of different sounds, tone generators, modules, effects by connecting any basic keyboard with MIDI support (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) to a laptop or iPad running various apps and plugins. Students who become more interested in the sound and feel of the acoustic piano will eventually gravitate toward either an 88 note fully weighted digital piano or a traditional acoustic piano. Budget comes into play in the sense that you can purchase a very nice digital piano and a bottom end upright acoustic piano for roughly the same price (circa $1500). At that point, it really comes down to personal preference, how the instrument will be used, and whether or not the student is interested in being able to move it or utilize different sounds, etc.
Want to learn a little more about piano lessons before you get started? Check out our Lagniappe Lesson Video series below and learn a quick Rhythm & Blues pattern presented by Academy Piano Instructor and Associate Director, Russell Tucker.
Ready to get started in piano lessons, but not sure you can afford a brand new acoustic piano? Watch the presentation from Academy Director Ryan Cullen below as he discusses a variety of inexpensive digital pianos and exactly what is recommended for student beginners to get started in piano lessons!
For even more information on Piano Lessons in New Orleans, please learn more by clicking here, contact us or call at 504-738-3050 to find a teacher and a lesson time that works for you.
River Ridge School of Music & Dance
(LAAPA's nearest school of Music for the city of New Orleans, LA)
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 738-3050 (office)
(E-mail this School)
Map to us from New Orleans:
Take a virtual tour of our New Orleans campus below!
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
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
School Office/Class Hours
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
School Office/Class Hours
1:00 PM-7:00 PM
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.
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