March 2015 Newsletter
Articles include, "Building Your Repertoire the Right Way!", Student News, Summer Music & Dance Camps are Coming!, Student of the Month - Christopher Koehl, Vocal Health Class, Student Shout-Outs, and more!"...
With all of this hard work going on, let’s for a moment pretend LAAPAFEST and Spring Recitals are over now. You’ve done it, your dance choreography for the recital was impeccable or your harmonica improv over the 12 bar blues was second to none. You’ve mastered your dance routines and musical compositions. Now what happens to them?
Our Summer Music Camps and Summer Dance Camps provide all campers (ages 5-16, beginning, intermediate, and advanced) with the opportunity to have fun exploring up to five of our instrumental, vocal, and performing arts programs. Campers (even those with little or no music or performing arts background) are able to take a hands on approach and see what programs and instruments 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!
Very Limited Space - only 25 campers enrolled each week.
For more information or to enroll, visit laapa.com/camp or call the
Mandeville School of Music Students, Addie Chappuis and Olivia Hesson have both been cast in “Annie” at Lake Castle school in Slidell. Addie will be playing “Grace Farrell” and Olivia will be playing “July.”
Mandeville School of Music student Olivia Apatini recently performed in “How to Eat Like a Child” at Tchefuncte Middle School.
River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Brian Fink, performed a solo at the Holy Cross School Christmas Concert, the Festival of Lessons and Carols.
Mandeville School of Music Student, Gracyn Dunavant, will be performing in “Bye Bye Birdie” at Cedarwood.
Mandeville School of Music student Liam McCauley was selected as the guitarist for the St. Tammany Parish District Junior High Honor Jazz Band. Also, Liam was recently selected to play sax for the St. Tammany Parish Junior High Honor band. He was one of only 4 saxophone players selected. Also, his fellow Rock Pop class member William Rotondo-McCord was selected to play bass for the St. Tammany Parish District Junior High Honor Jazz Band. Liam and William will get to shine their talents together on a different stage.
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Covington School of Music student, Christopher Koehl, takes bass guitar lessons at LAAPA. We recently had a chance to speak with him and learn a little more about his lessons and interests!
Tell us about yourself and how long you’ve been taking classes at LAAPA.
I am 19 year old. I play the bass guitar. I started taking lessons at LAAPA November, 2009. I tried learning the piano and trumpet at an earlier age but found the bass guitar to be my instrument of choice.
How and why did you get started in music lessons?
I had a friend who played the guitar. This got me interested in the learning to play the bass. The indirect competition gave me the drive to learn to play.
What do you enjoy most about coming to lessons each week?
The lessons give me something to look forward to. It’s the high point of my week. I enjoy the progression I’ve made through my lessons and the challenges it offers.
What are your other interests and hobbies?
I enjoy reading very much. I also like watching documentaries on the History channel, all except Ancient Aliens.
What has your experience been at LAAPA?
It’s been a good experience. The school and lessons have kept me engaged in the bass guitar. It’s never dull. I think the school is a relaxing and uplifting environment that doesn’t constrain my thoughts.
We'd like to wish the following Students, Faculty, and Staff a very Happy Birthday this Month!
(Students) Abby R. (11), Addison R. (11), Adeoluwa F. (8), Aishwarya N. (16), Alexis P. (7), Allie-Grace G. (7), Alyssa S., Amelie G. (10), Amelie S. (8), Angel H. (13), Angelina M. (13), Anthony H. (8), Ashleigh H. (10), Aubrey W. (7), Ben D. (8), Brandon L. (8), Cadence P. (4), Chloe L. (7), Cindy L., Cooper R. (5), Danielle W. (16), Declan A. (11), Dondria H., Drew B. (9), Elizaveta D. (4), Ella B. (10), Emily S. (13), Fraelle Mhae B. (11), Gabriel M. (9), Grace D. (16), Grant S. (9), Jack V. (17), Jacqueline M. (13), Jessie J. (11), Joe W., Kaden F. (7), Kai L. (6)Kailey C. (11), Karli W. (15), Kelly S. (13), Lainee B. (15), Laney T. (14), Leo F. (9), Lisette G. (10), Liz M., Marissa D. (8), Mary Kate O., Mason U. (2),Matthew B. (17), Michael S. (12), Olivia A. (11), Raegan H. (8), Rakshitha R. (11), Ryleigh B. (7), Sarah M. (14), Sarah C. (13), Seniyah W. (4),Sophia M. (5), Stuart M. (17), Taylor L. (4), Taylor V. (7), Victoria W. (8), William A. (11), William D. (15)
(Faculty & Staff) Christopher Talley, Marie Looney, Shawna Meynard
(thanks George G.)
(thanks Jose M.)
(thanks Carolyn R.)
(thanks Ben H.)
(thanks Gabby B.)
(thanks Christain C.)
"We love you Ms. Bethany, you’re the best! Thank you for your talent, patience, and encouragement :) "
~ Sofia Croisant and family
"Josiah thinks Ms. Meghan is awesome and she makes music fun. He really enjoys his piano lessons and always looks forward to attending his lessons every Saturday. Thank you so much Ms. Meghan for your professionalism, hard work and dedication.We are very pleased having you as Josiah’s teacher. Ms. Meghan You Rock!!!!!"
~ Josiah Saravia