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April 2014 Newsletter - ONLINE EDITION

Your Roadmap to Success in Music & Dance

Laapanotes at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

Are You going to win an iPad Mini?

Music, Piano, Guitar, Voice Classes at Laapa

It was just about one year ago now that we made a substantial technological investment in the Academy by installing new iPads in each teaching studio at all three of our campuses. Loaded with all of the latest educational apps, our students and faculty have been utilizing them to the fullest, making each lesson here at LAAPA even more enriching.

When asked last year what our teachers thought of our schoolwide iPad install, they said:
"They are a great tool to work on music theory especially. It is a new way to get the kids engaged and excited. It keeps their attention in a whole new way. The ability to record the students and let them hear themselves is really cool too." ~ Meredith Bradley, voice/piano faculty
"To see them really engaged is awesome for a teacher. Also, having another visual, aural, tactical activity keeps their minds active in another musical way than playing their instrument or looking at their book is important." ~ Denise Bonis, violin/piano/theory faculty
For those of you with iPads at home - a huge part of properly utilizing the iPad for education is knowing which apps are best to use. Over the next few newsletters, I'll be personally reviewing many of the apps we use and hopefully some new ones as well so that you can download them to complement your practice sessions at home. If you just can't wait for my reviews, you can always ask your teacher for some recommendations!
Seeing firsthand what wonderful pieces of technology the iPads have been here for the education of our students, we decided to give not one, but two away to our current and former students this year!
We are so extremely grateful to you our students and parents who continue to refer us to your friends, colleagues, and associates day after day, month after month, etc. Your referrals are the highest compliment we can receive here at LAAPA, and we wanted to do something extraordinary for our current and former students who continue to refer the Academy to new students.
As of March through May 29, 2014, if you refer a new student to the Academy and they enroll, you AND your friend will be automatically entered in our DOUBLE iPad Mini raffle!
Please make sure that your friend mentions your FULL NAME at the time of enrollment.
The more friends you refer that enroll - the more chances you have to win!
Sound to good to be true?- Click below to watch my trip to Best Buy where I personally picked up the iPad minis!
Winners will be announced on Friday, May 30 ONLY via our Facebook page at, so be sure to like us.
Good luck to everyone!
Ryan Cullen, Director

Student News

Metairie Music Lessons in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Drums and More at Laapa!

Mandeville School of Music student, Sarah Hossain (pictured left) received a Superior rating in Primary Class I for her violin solo at The Gold Cup Festival held at Southeastern Louisiana University in February.

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Akshita Sridhar (center) received a Superior rating in Pre-Primary Class for her violin solo at The Gold Cup Festival held at Southeastern Louisiana University in February. She was also accepted to the finals of the XI Sonatina & Sonata International Youth Piano Competition/The Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas, Corpus Christi. At the end of the year all of the finalists will perform at Carnegie Hall.

Lilli Johnston (River Ridge School of Music & Dance) performed the National Anthem with her school choir at one of the February Pelicans games.

Alex Machuca (pictured right) (River Ridge School of Music & Dance) recently performed in The Krewe of Little Rascals parade in Metairie.

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Important Dates

April 18-23 - Easter/Spring Break - Classes Resume April 24

April 27 - Faculty/Honors Concert 2 PM - Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington, LA (FREE ADMISSION)

Summer Music & Dance Camp - Now Enrolling

Register Now for Summer Music & Dance Camps at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Summer Camp for Music and DanceIt's hard to believe that it ALREADY time to start making your summer activity plans! Summer will be here before you know it and so will our 2014 Summer Music & Dance Camps held this year from July 7-25 at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance and the Mandeville School of Music.

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

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

Campers are able to explore our various programs 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 the opportunity to try out other programs of interest or may also serve as an opportunity for concentrated study to accelerate proficiency and to generate motivation... 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.

Is your child younger than age 5? For ages birth-4, we recommend our Preschool Music Program which includes signing, singing, music & movement, percussion, and more!

Additional information including programs offered may be found on our summer camp at

Student of the Month - Patrick Lyell

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Patrick Lyell takes piano lessons here at LAAPA! He recently took some time to tell us about his experience here at the Academy:
How long have you been taking piano lessons at Laapa?
About 8 years!
What are some of your personal goals while taking piano lessons?
To learn and memorize many different pieces and styles of music.
What are some of your other interests/hobbies?
I am junior elite level in tumbling and double-mini trampoline. I practice at Elmwood Gymnastics. I won a bronze medal at World Age Group competition last November in Sofia, Bulgaria.
How would you rate your experience here at the Academy?

My experience has been great, and I hope to continue taking lessons here for many years.

Join us Sunday, April 27 for our Faculty & Honors Recital!

Come and hear your teacher perform on Sunday April 27 - 2 PM at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. The following Faculty members will be performing - Cara Williams, Josh Theriot, Jennifer White, Ryan Cullen, Rebecca Posey, Russell Tucker, Maggie Probst, Candace Shaedel, Mae King Alvarado, Vanya Karachobanova, Meghan Stewart and Friends, Jessica Martin, Bill Solomon, Reid Poole, Carolyn Russell, and Katarina Boudreaux.



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Class Openings at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in NOLA

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!


A Huge Welcome to our Newest and Returning Students who began lessons this March!

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

Deneka V.
Jaidyn P.
(thanks Wendy B.)
Addison C.
Andrew C.
Luke R.
Felicia P.
Stephen K.
Luke R.
Chris H.
(thanks Carolyn R.)
Christian C.
Madilyn K.
(thanks Rylee & Addyson B.)
Scarlett-Belle H.
Hope G.
Daniel B.
Frankie J.
Faris Z.
Fuab Z.
Anthony C.
Pamela K.
(thanks Gavin L.)
Corinne W.
Chloe H.
Mary Paige H.
Payge S.
Payton S.
Hunter L.
Robin F.
Josiah S.
Jennifer P.
(thanks Jeff F.)
Lauren J.
Sophia C.
Frances L.
Riley N.
Gabriel B.
Caden B.
Brian F.
Ashleigh S.
Frances Maia B.
Patrick B.
Monica R.

FREE Theory Class Reminder

We have recently implemented a new "Google Hangouts" version of our Thursday, 4:15-5:00 PM Online Music Theory Classes for ages 10-17. This new version of the class will allow many more types of devices such as smartphones and tablets to connect and interact with the class - also for the best experience, access to a regular computer is best.

Join us for our next Google Hangout Theory class (ages 10-17) this Thursday, April 3 from 4:15 - 5:00 PM CST. Please note that this class will additionally be streamed live on Youtube and also available on our Youtube channel should you not be able to make the class live. Join the class by following our Google Plus page at and commenting on the Theory Event post with the full student name that would like to join the class!


Faculty News

Class Openings at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in NOLA

Carolyn Russell will be leading a children's choir for Palm Sunday weekend services at Church of the King featuring LAAPA students Alejandro and Gilberto Cobos. She will also be leading a choir and assisting with production for the Church of the King Easter Services which will be at all 3 campuses (Biloxi, Metairie and Mandeville) at all services Friday-Sunday reaching over 9,000 people. The current Mary Poppins on Broadway, Laura Kelly will be a guest lead soloist complete with gospel choir, jazz brass group, violinist, piano, spoken word and worship music. Laapa students Jamie Planchard, Amelia Milton and Mallory Bogle will be part of the gospel choir.

Katarina Boudreaux and Reid Poole can be heard on Fridays 11 PM till late at the Little Gem in New Orleans. Also, be sure to catch Katarina's solo performances at the Live Oak on Monday and Tuesdays from 9 AM - 1 PM.

Josh Theriot (Author of "The Essential Guitar Method" & Instructor of guitar, piano, percussion) will be holding a FREE guitar clinic open to the general public at C&M Music Center in Houma on Friday, April 18 from 5-7 PM. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis!