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Covington School of Music


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River Ridge School of Music & Dance




Summer Camps at LAAPA - Early Registration Savings Through March 31!

Join us this July for a Summer of Music, Dance, and Fun!

Summer Music and Dance Camps in New Orleans, Metairie, Covington, Mandeville, LA for kids and children at LAAPA!

(pictured above - students from our past music and dance camps)

Dear Parents and Students,

Summer will be here before you know it, and so will our Summer Music and Dance Camps! Early Registration is now available online at as well as at the front desk.

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!

See our campers in action - watch a short video below!

For Brand New Beginners with Little or No Experience...

Campers (with little or no music or performing arts background) are able to receive initial training and see what program(s) interest them!

Perhaps your child has shown an interest in music, dance, piano, singing, guitar, violin, drums (just to name a few!)? Wherever his/her interest lies, we are happy to provide a formal introduction to the programs of your choice in a structured and fun environment!

At the conclusion of each week of camp, the faculty members write a brief overview of your child's aptitude for each program/instrument which is extremely helpful in determining which program/instrument would be a good match in terms of regular classes and private lessons.

For Experienced Students...

Our camps also provide experienced students with a week of concentrated study to accelerate proficiency and to generate motivation to learn new and improved methods of study... giving new life to the student's instrument or vocal study.

All Students...

At the end of each day of camp, all students come together for performance classes which feature what they have learned that day in camp!

In order to maintain a balanced atmosphere of fun, creativity, and education, only 25 students are admitted each week.

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)

Tuition: $250.00/week

Registration: $15 per student

In The News

Mandeville School of Music students
James Plaisance and Liam McCauley made the St. Tammany District Honor Band!


James studies saxophone and Liam studies guitar at LAAPA. Both students are additionally members of the LAAPA Northshore Honor's Jazz Ensemble.

Honors Saxophone Music student at the Mandeville School of Music at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts Honors Music Student at Mandeville School of Music, Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts


Covington School of Music student Taylor Sims recently sang in the District IX Honor Choir.


She is also cast as one of the daughters in SSA's production of "Fiddler on the Roof."


Taylor studies voice with Ms. Kathleen Anderson.


Covington School of Music Voice Lessons Student, Taylor Sims


Staff member Robin Wallace and her husband Kevin welcomed their daughter Clara Margaret Wallace into the world on February 2!


Congratulations Robin and family!


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Faculty Practice Tips - "Stage Advice"

by Ms. Allison Craig, Instructor of dance/theatre

As a live stage performer, something is bound to go wrong - forgetting a line or a dance step, no matter how much you practice.



The best advice is to always keep going! A good exercise to use with a partner in performing lines comes from improvisational theater -
always say yes!



This can help get the dialog back on track by working off of your partner. When it comes to dance, always smile! 90% of the audience is not even looking at your feet but they are always looking at your face.

New Orleans Ballet Classes at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts and the River Ridge School of Music & Dance

Student Shout Outs!

"Ben is an excellent and patient teacher. With his guidance, Daniel performed extremely well at the concert. With the confidence he has gained, he really enjoys performing. Since his grandmother was unable to attend the recital, Daniel surprised his granny by playing a song for her during Sunday service and brought her to tears!" ~ Carla Morelon

"Mr. Russell is the best piano teacher. He taught me everything I need to know. I can play the piano good now. Thank you Mr. Russell!" ~ Haley Tran

We love getting your news, success stories and comments. If you'd like to share your news with us, please e-mail Please note that we are now publishing our newsletters monthly, and if you don't see your submission in this edition, it will be published as soon as space is available!

Students of the Month - Alex & Alina Chiu

Piano Lessons Students at LAAPA - New Orleans, River Ridge, Covington, Mandeville, Kenner LA Music Lessons

Alex & Alina are piano students at the Mandeville School of Music. We recently had a chance to interview them to find out a little bit more about them and their lessons and classes here at LAAPA!

How long have you been studying/playing the piano? Alina – 5 years, Alex– 4 years

Alina – 5 years, Alex– 4 years

What is your favorite thing about taking piano lessons?

(both) "Learning and playing new songs."

What are some of your short term and long term goals while studying the piano?

Alex & Alina – "We just enjoy taking lessons for ourselves, so no plans on joining a band – YET!"

What do you enjoy about your piano teacher, Ms. Victoria, the most here at LAAPA?

Alex– "She's nice and awesome and easy to learn from."

Alina– "She's funny!"

Who do you like to listen to?

Alex & Alina – "Pop, Taylor Swift"

Mrs. Chiu, what made you choose LAAPA for your children's piano lessons?

"We had just moved here and were looking for a place to continue their piano lessons. I first discovered LAAPA by driving by. I did some research and checked out the website and liked what I saw. We have stayed here at LAAPA because of their great teachers and great facility."


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 March or April, 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: TU BOOKED!, FRI 1 spot
Kathleen: TU BOOKED! WED & TH 1 spot
Kristen: SAT BOOKED!
Bonnie: MON, WED, FRI, SAT – ALL BOOKED!, TH 1 spot
Jennifer: MON BOOKED!
Russell: MON, TU & TH 1 spot
Katarina: WED & SAT BOOKED! TU 1 spot
Jenna: SAT BOOKED! WED & TH 1 spot
Baylie: TH 1 spot
Rebecca: MON, TU, & FRI ALL BOOKED! WED 1 spot
Carolyn: TU & WED BOOKED! MON 1 spot
Victoria: MON 1 spot, SAT BOOKED!
Bethany: TU, 1 spot


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

Gabriel: MON 1 spot
Simona: WED & SAT BOOKED! MON & TH 1 spot
Denise: MON & WED BOOKED! TU 1 spot


Vitalie: MON 1 spot

Where is Your Teacher Performing?

Violin Lessons at LAAPA

Kate Withrow, instructor of violin will be performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra featuring the following this month:

March 3 - Family Concert: Carnival Of The Animals on at Loyola University - Roussel Hall at 3:00 PM
March 8 - Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1 - 7:30 PM at First Baptist Covington (and March 9 at 8:00 at Mahalia Jackson)
March 15 (8:00 PM) & 17 (2:30 PM) - The Opera Sampson and Delilah at Mahalia Jackson

You can additionally catch her string quartet on the Northshore performing works by Mendelssohn and Mozart at the Christwood Church in Covington on March 31 at 3:00.


Maggie Probst, instructor of piano/voice, will be performing in Samson et Dalila with the New Orleans Opera Association as a member of the chorus on March 15 and 17.



Chad Mundt, instructor of bass, guitar, percussion, will be playing with his original band Ben Joseph & the Lay Lows on March 3 in Mobile, AL for the Wounded Warriors Benefit and on March 30 at Checkpoint Charlies.

A Huge Welcome to Our New Students and Families Who Enrolled in February!

We are so happy that you’ve chosen to study at LAAPA. 

We know you will do great things this year!

AJ B., Akshay G., Alexander S., Alexsandra S., Alicia I., Andrew W., Ashleigh H., Ashley H., Azieya F.,
Blakely S., Braiden H., Brianna S., Charlie V., Christopher I., Ella B., Ella J., Elliot K., Gia S.,
Grace W., Jason M., Joshua S., Judy M., Katherine C., Kaylee H., Keith B., Kenley D.,
Kristina D., Leighanne S., Macy R., Madison C.,Marco V., Mayson W., Melody S., Mina P., Mitchell D.,
Natasha B., Parrish D., Patty D., Randi Shaye A.,Ren F., Savannah H., Savannah F., Shelby S.,
Shelly H., Skyler B., Taylor V., Tyler V., Veronica H., Warren D.

Expand Your Mind with our FREE Skype Theory Classes!

Expand your mind and join us online each Thursday for dynamic and fun music theory classes with school director, Ryan Cullen!

These classes are completely FREE to all currently enrolled music students (ages 17-up) and are held each Thursday 4:15-5:00 PM (ages 10-16) and 5:15-6:00 PM (ages 17 - up) via Skype. All you need is a laptop or desktop computer with Skype installed and a webcam.

For more information or to joi the class, please login to Skype and send a Skype contact request to skype name "rpcullen.laapa". Be sure to include your full name and note which class you'd like to join!

Lagniappe Corner

Recipe for Peach Cobbler - by Linda Mah-Kelly


4 peaches
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. flour
1 c. milk
pinch salt
8 1 c. ramekins.
8 TBSP. butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice up peaches and mix together with sugar (leave skin on). If your peaches are really sweet you can use less sugar. Set peaches aside.


Whisk together the sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and flour. Add milk and mix together with whisk .

Add 1 TBSP. butter to each one cup ramekin. I have also used an 8x11 baking dish. Melt butter in the dish in 350 degrees
preheated oven. When the butter is melted add the batter then add the peaches, divide equally in each ramekin (with juices on top of batter).

Bake for approximately one hour. Cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.



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