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Covington School of Music


Mandeville School of Music 985.674.2992

River Ridge School of Music & Dance





New Orleans Music and Dance classes for kids and adults in River Ridge, Covington and Mandeville Louisiana

Summertime is here, and the livin' is easy! Maybe a bit too easy in some cases.
Ah, you know what I mean parents - now that the kids are home most of the day, they've got extra time on their hands - and energy!
Now that school is out, do your kids follow you around the house each day asking you, "What can I do?", "What can I do now?", "I'm bored."?
How about getting them involved in a music or dance program guaranteed to enrich their summer and creative spirits! Whether you're interested in our July summer camps or weekly private lessons - we have a program for you!
If your kids enjoy spontaneously bursting out into song and dance - consider our vocal, dance, and/or musical theatre programs!
Do you wake up each morning to the joyful sounds of your son or daughter endlessly pounding away at random notes on the piano? Let us show them how to make beautiful music in your home this summer!
Is your child driving you crazy beating on the kitchen pots and pans!? How about drum lessons instead?! Guaranteed to put all of that energy to good use! We can also recommend some excellent silent drum sets like we have at our schools for a peaceful and happy home!
Already taking a program with LAAPA? The summer is an excellent time to add a program or increase your weekly lesson time. More time to practice at home means that you will progress faster and will need more time in your weekly lessons to truly accommodate and challenge your growing skills! To add a program or increase your weekly lesson time - check with the school office to see what we have available!
And adults, don't forget about yourselves - it's important to take time away each week from the every day grind. Music and Dance classes for adults at LAAPA provide an oasis of mental and physical rejuvenation that is like no other.
And by the way, I practice what I preach - this May I just started bass lessons at the River Ridge campus with LAAPA Faculty member, Chad Mundt (pictured above). As I sat down to begin the lesson, it was awesome to put all of my regular responsibilities out of my mind and to just focus on something totally new and exciting. Like all of our instructors, Chad made it very comfortable and easy for me to get started on the bass, and I now have something to look forward to each week - and a new skill to add to my list to boot!
Whatever you do this summer - don't just sit around - be creative and enjoy doing something new!
Ryan Cullen - Academy Director, Parent of 3, & Aspiring Bassist

Important Dates

June 1 -
Final Spring Recital
Rehearsals for all Music Students who will be performing in Spring Recital!
June 8 -
Northshore Spring Recitals at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington
June 10 - 14
Dance Dress Rehearsals in Full Costume at the
River Ridge campus
June 15 -
Southshore Spring Recitals at St. Martin's Episcopal School Solomon Theatre

June 23 -
Senior Recital held at the LAAPA Performance Hall (2020 Dickory Ave. Harahan, LA) - 1:00 PM - FREE ADMISSION
featuring the final LAAPA performances of graduating seniors

Macie Breaux, Robert Klazynski, Dakota Pique, & Sarah Tullier

This year we are pleased to be featuring over 300 of our music and dance students at our Spring Recitals. Our students have been attending rehearsals and putting on the finishing touches! Join us June 8 at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington and on June 15 at St. Martin's Solomon Theatre at 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM, or 7 PM for performances and presentation of awards. General Admission is $10 cash or check at the door.
Good luck to all students!

In The News

Mandeville Louisiana Violin Lessons at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts - String Instruction for all ages

On Saturday, May 4 Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts' Mandeville and Covington School of Music Students Kate Rush, Madeline Moore, Melissa Moore, and Grace Dumdaw participated in the Louisiana Music Teacher Association String Rally competition in Baton Rouge. Kate Rush received the First Place Trophy in Category Prep B, Madeline Moore received Honorable Mention in Level II, and Melissa Moore (Level I) and Grace Dumdaw (Level I) were virtually in third place.
On May 11, 2013, Kate Rush performed at the LMTA String Rally Awards Ceremony at LSU where she will get her trophy for winning First Place (in Category Prep B.)
Simona Gronic, String Instructor at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, is pictured with Grace Dumdaw(left) and Kate Rush(right). Madeline and Melissa Moore were not available for the photo.
The Directors, Faculty, and Staff of Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts congratulate these students and their Instructor for their dedication and hard work and hours of practice!
In other student news, Covington School of Music student, Delynn Basso will be performing at 7pm June 29th @ Muffaletta's in Amite as part of Jason Baglio's "The Elvis Experience". **Call for seating (985) 747-0491 - best to call two weeks before show date.

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Andrea and Isabella Bohorquez take piano lessons at the River Ridge School of Music and Dance (Andrea for 4 years and Isabella for 3 years).
We recently had a chance to ask them how their lessons were going at LAAPA and how they got started!
What is your favorite part of taking lessons at LAAPA?
Andrea - "Learning new songs everyday!"
Isabella - "Playing a new song without mistakes!"
What is your favorite song to play?
Andrea - "We are Young" by Fun
Isabella - "Forest Drums"
What are your hobbies other than piano?
Andrea - "Swimming and reading"
Isabella - "Gymnastics, swimming, and art"
Why did you choose LAAPA and how did you find out about us?
Maria (mom) - "I found out about LAAPA at work. LAAPA is a good academy - they have many teachers, and you can choose from a wide variety of instruments and programs!"

Student Shout Outs!

"I'm THRILLED! My two young sons (ages 4 and 6) have been taking piano and violin lessons at LAAPA for over a year now and I couldn't be happier! The curriculum is age-appropriate and they work very hard to match teacher personalities with each child individually - this is the key to their success! My children are eager to go to class and always come out beaming because they made their teachers proud. They feel so empowered when they can make music on their own - their lessons and recital opportunities have truly developed their self-confidence. LAAPA has passed my critical "Mommy" tests time and time again. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking to expand their children's horizons!" - Elizabeth Hansen

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Many of our LAAPA INSTRUCTORS are totally booked!  If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day, or time, please contact any of our office staff team and they can add you to the waiting list. 

To inquire about openings for Summer send an email to or call one of our locations: (504) 738-3050 for River Ridge, (985) 674-2992 for Mandeville, and (985) 590-4545 for Covington. The following is a PARTIAL list of who is BOOKED!


Maggie: FRI 1 spot! TU – BOOKED!
Kathleen: TU & WED 1 spot!
Cara: SAT 1 spot! MON, TU, WED, FRI – ALL BOOKED!
Catherine: SAT 1 spot!
Bonnie: TH & FRI 1 spot! MON, WED, TH– ALL BOOKED!
Jennifer: MON – BOOKED!
Russell: WED & TH 1 spot! MON, TU– ALL BOOKED!
Meredith: MON, TU, WED, TH – ALL BOOKED!
Katarina: TH 1 spot! TU, WED, SAT – ALL BOOKED!
Baylie: TH – BOOKED!
Rebecca: WED & FRI 1 spot! MON, TU – ALL BOOKED!
Carolyn: FRI 1 spot! MON, TU, WED – ALL BOOKED!
Victoria: MON & SAT 1 spot!
Bethany: TU 1 spot! SAT – BOOKED!
Ryan: TH – BOOKED!
Mirka: TU 1 spot!
Daniel: TU 1 spot!


Bill: WED & SAT 1 spot! Mon, FRI – ALL BOOKED!
Curtis: TH 1 spot! MON,TU, FRI – ALL BOOKED!
Josh: SAT 1 spot! MON, TU, WED, TH – ALL BOOKED!
Ben: SAT 1 spot! MON, TU, TH, FRI – ALL BOOKED!


Kate: MON 1 spot!
Gabriel: MON 1 spot!
Simona: MON & SAT 1 spot! WED, TH – ALL BOOKED!
Denise: MON & TU 1 spot! WED – BOOKED!


Vitalie: MON & FRI 1 spot!
Ryan: TH – BOOKED!
Dr. Joe: WED – BOOKED!
Brittany: FRI 1 spot!

A Huge Welcome to Our Newest Students and Families Who Have Just Joined Us!

We are so happy that you’ve chosen to study at LAAPA. 
We know you will do great things this year!


Alexandra M.
Amanda G.
Angel H.
Aydan L.
Blake H.
Brian F.
Brooklyn W.
Chloe S.
Christian J.
David D. Jr.
Elizabeth D.
Elizabeth F.
Emma F.
Gabe B.
Jackson D.
Jasime B.
Jennifer G.
John C. Jr.
Kinley S.
Lee M.
Maddie G.
Mary G.
Murphy C.
Paris C.
Paul Joseph G.
Ryan C.
Ryan I.
Serenity C.
Sophie S.
Theo B.
Tulasi P.



We have a limited number of openings in our Summer Camps Remaining! But Hurry, they won't last!

Our Summer Music and Dance Camps provide all campers (ages 5-16, beginning, intermediate, and advanced) with the opportunity to explore up to five of our instrumental, vocal, and performing arts programs in a fun and creative environment!

2013 Summer Camp Details

July 8-12
(Mandeville and River Ridge campuses)
July 15-19
(Covington, Mandeville, &
River Ridge campuses)
July 22-26
(Mandeville and River Ridge campuses)




$15 per student

For more information or to reserve your spot - go to!

Spring Recital Invitations!

Have a special someone you'd like to invite to see you perform at the Spring Recital?
Good news - We have just the thing! Pick up your complimentary Spring Recital invitations at the Front Desk and distribute to any friends and/or family you'd like to formally invite!
Music and Dance Recitals and Performances in the Greater New Orleans area including St. Tammany and the Northshore

Where's Your Teacher Performing?

Jazz Piano Lessons in New Orleans, LA at LAAPAThis June you have a number of opportunities to catch piano/voice faculty member,

Jenna McSwain. She'll be performing as follows:

June 7 - The Columns Hotel 6-9pm
June 8 - 3 Muses 6-9pm
June 12 - Dos Jefes 9:30-12:30
June 14 - The Maison 7-10pm with the Fauxbarrio Billionaires
June 11, 21, 25 - Mojitos 6-9pm
June 29th - Cafe Istanbul - Premiere of songs from the Debut Album - Wax & Wane: Songs Without Seasons, 10pm

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in New Orleans, LAPiano & Voice faculty member Katarina Boudreaux will be performing:

June 7 at Rock n Blues in Covington with the Grayhawk Band, 7 pm.

Every Tuesday morning in June at the Oak Street Cafe, 9 am to 1 pm.



Refer a Friend and get FREE LESSONS!

Take Music Lessons and Dance Classes with us at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts!

Enjoying your experience at LAAPA?

If you have a friend who might like to take lessons, if you refer them to LAAPA and they enroll, we'll give you a gift certificate for a free lesson! It's very easy to refer someone. Just visit:

Type in your name, their name and their contact information and we'll take care of the rest! There's no maximum to the amount of free lessons that you can receive! We’re so glad that you’re with LAAPA and this is just our way of saying THANKS!