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Harahan, LA

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May 2015 Newsletter

Articles include, "Ready the Try Something Fun, New, & Exciting this Summer?", Student News, Summer Music & Dance Camps are Coming!, Students of the Month - Zubin & Sam Dinshaw, How the Summer Works, Will You Win $600?, and more!"...

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Ready to Try Something Fun, New, & Exciting this Summer?

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Piano and Guitar Lessons

As Spring comes to a close and with Summer being just around the corner, we’re entering our busiest time of the year here at LAAPA!

This month, we will have several long time students who are graduating seniors putting on a Senior Recital on May 17 - 5:30 PM at LAAPA’s Performance Hall - 2020 Dickory Ave. in Harahan.
Our Spring Recital Rehearsals also begin this month and allow all music students who are participating in the June Recitals to put the finishing touches on their pieces with feedback from Senior Faculty members and Directors of the Academy.
The Summer is also an excellent and popular time for new students to get started in music and dance lessons here at LAAPA!
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. And don’t forget that this July we will be holding three exciting weeks of summer music and dance camps held at our Mandeville School of Music and River Ridge School of Music & Dance. These camps are especially wonderful for exploring new programs of interest for beginning and current students. Speaking of our summer camps, each year I often find myself thinking back thirty years ago when I was a student enrolled in camp. My favorite part was snack time (I’d be lying if I said otherwise), but being able to learn about and try so many different instruments and being able to perform with other students on a daily basis was really a great time in my life. And I know that my mother enjoyed having some peace at home for a little while each day!
By the way, as I was writing this newsletter, I heard some banging outside my office and noticed my three children marching by playing on a hat box, toy xylophone, and toy harmonica. Coincidence?  I managed to get them to sit still for a few seconds for the above photo before they head out to their piano lessons!  Whatever you do this summer - don’t just sit around - be creative and enjoy doing something new and fun! I hope to see everyone this June at our main events of the year.
Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

Summer Music & Dance Camps are Coming!

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.

Sign-Up Online Today!

Will You & a Friend Win $600?

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.

Now through July 31, 2015 if you refer a friend or colleague to the Academy and they enroll, you AND your friend/colleague will be automatically entered in our $600 Sweetwater Gift Certificate Giveaway! 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 too good to be true?- Stay tuned for a video from Academy Director, Ryan Cullen for more information! Winners will be announced on Monday, August 3 ONLY via our Facebook page at facebook.com/laapaface, so be sure to like us!

Student News

Allie-Grace Greene, a first grader at Pontchartrain Elementary School, was recently accepted into the Talented Arts Program. The Talented Arts Program is an accelerated program for public school students in the State of Louisiana who, through a state evaluation process, are deemed exceptional in art, theatre, and/or music. Once accepted into the program students are provided accelerated instruction in these areas. Specifically, the Talented Music Program in St. Tammany Parish focuses on teaching music theory, music history and performance skills to the students in the program. Students across the parish also participate in a variety of performances both in school and community settings throughout the year. All students in the program are given the opportunity to participate in the annual St. Tammany Parish Talented Arts Program Festival, held in the fall each school year. Allie-Grace and is honored to receive this recognition and is looking forward to the experience and learning even more about music!! Allie-Grace is a student of the Mandeville School of Music and takes piano/voice lessons with Ms. Rebecca & guitar lessons with Mr. Josh.

Mandeville School of Music student, Matthew Folse, made 1st chair in percussion for West St. Tammany parish honor band. He is a student at Mandeville Middle School.

Covington School of Music student, Beck Tabor’s, Robotics team, “The SS Prometheus”, traveled to the FRC WORLD Championship in St. Louis, Missouri this April. She has been a voice student of Kathleen Anderson since November, 2011.

We love getting your news, success stories and comments. If you'd like to share your news with us, please e-mail studentnews@laapa.com. 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! Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/laapaface, youtube.com/laapatube, and now on Twitter at @laapatweets.

Students of the Month - Zubin & Sam Dinshaw

River Ridge School of Music & Dance students, Zubin & Sam Dinshaw take piano and drum lessons at LAAPA. We recently had a chance to speak with them and learn a little more about their lessons and interests!

Tell us about yourself and how long you’ve been taking classes at LAAPA.

Zubin: I’ve been taking drum lessons with Mr. Bill since January.
Sam: I’ve been taking piano lessons with Ms. Meghan for about two & 1/2 years.

What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

We both enjoy Maroon 5 - especially Zubin.

What do you enjoy most about coming to lessons each week & practicing?

Zubin: I love playing and beating on the drums at home!
Sam: I like to play “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the piano at home.

What are your other interests and hobbies?

Zubin: Swimming and watching “Garfield” on TV.
Sam: I play the recorder and I’m learning some new notes.

What made you choose LAAPA?

Ayesha (mom): You have a full range of instruments – just about everything! When they get older they might want to switch to something else. The faculty and staff are wonderful!

Happy May Birthdays!

We'd like to wish the following Students, Faculty, and Staff a very Happy Birthday this Month!

(Students) Aaralyn W. (8), Addison C. (12), Adrian B., Alexandra S. (11), Alison C. (16), Allie A., Amanda G. (15), Andi G. (7), Andrea D. (15), Anthony L. (12), Anthony C. (7), Ashley R. (15), Ava L. (11), Barbara D., Berklee Z. (5), Cameron V. (14), Cameron R. (8), Camille V. (15), Charles S. (12), Chloe C. (7), Cody C. (11), Connor D. (16), Conor M. (4), Daniel M. (6), Dara D. (15), Darion C., Davis H. (6), Emily N. (14), Emily M. (10), Emma O. (5), Evan M. (10), Evan V. (17), Finn Y. (12), Francisco V., George S., Gilberto C. (13), Grace A. (8), Greyson C. (10),Haleigh B., Hayden L. (7), Isabella E. (7), Jack G. (11), James (Bucky) C. (3), Julie H., Kaitlann R. (15), Kate G. (17), Katelyn W. (13), Katherine A. (8), Kolby M. (7), Laney W. (3), Layla F. (6), Lilli J. (10), Lily F. (10), Lorissa G. (14), Madelynn C. (12), Maggie M. (12), Maia S. (12),Mary Helen S. (8), Matthew F. (13), Megan K., Meghan S., Mia M. (6), Milan S. (7), Nenitha P. (4), Noah C. (11), Noah S. (10), Olivia C. (6), Penelope R. (7), Peter M. (10), Pierce J. (6), Rachel H. (11), Riley V. (2), Ryli M. (6), Sable M., Sakshi S. (13), Sameen H. (10), Shelby S. (17),Sophia A. (5), Tori Y. (15), Yalena G. (12), Zachary S. (6)

(Faculty & Staff) Kathleen Anderson, Katarina Boudreaux, Diane Didier

How Does the Summer Work at LAAPA?

As the Summer approaches, we typically receive the following questions each year.

Q. “How do lessons work in the Summer?”

A. The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the Summer. Your lessons would continue through the Summer. We additionally hold Summer camps each July!

Q. “Do a lot of students stop during the Summer?”

A. While a small percentage of students do take part of the Summer off, June and July are strong enrollment months for new students as parents and students are eager to fill their Summer schedules with lessons and our Summer camps. These students often choose to continue their lessons into the Fall. Just last year, our Summer enrollment grew by 20%!

Q. “How full is the Academy?”

A. The academy has added 170 new students this school year and now has over 1100 students (compared to 930) just last year - the most in the history of the academy since its inception in 1978. As we stress in our newsletters, nearly all of our most popular lesson times from 3 – 7:30 PM are now completely booked.

Q. “If we stop during the Summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?”

A. If you stop lessons during the Summer months, we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall as your spot will be open to both new students (who begin in the summer) and current students (who may wish to change their time or increase their time). Now more than ever, It is extremely likely that you will lose your day, time, teacher for the Fall.

Q. “If we stop during the Summer, can we still participate in the Spring Recital?”

A. Our Spring Recital will be held this June and is our main event of the year. All students not only perform, but are also nominated for and recognized by their teachers with a full awards ceremony. Only students who are currently enrolled are able to participate in our Spring Recital.

Q. “Can I change my lesson time for the Summer or Fall?”

A. Absolutely. While most schedules remain the same through the Summer, we are more than happy to try and work out a better alternative for you whenever possible. You may call the office at any time should you find that a schedule no longer works for you and we can immediately work on finding something more suitable for you.

Students who take lessons at Kehoe-France Northshore and Stuart Hall will be called and scheduled on our campus closest to you: River Ridge, Mandeville, or Covington.

Q. “If we continue lessons through the Summer to keep our spot, how can we makeup missed lessons due to travel / vacations?”

A. LAAPA is the only school in the area that offers multiple ways to makeup any of your private lessons missed due to traveling WITHOUT giving up your regular lesson schedule.

Option 1.) Just give us a call as usual whenever you will be absent and sign up for one or more of our makeup classes! These makeup classes are offered YEAR ROUND and never expire. Please note that July 1-7 we will be closed for Summer Break so you won’t miss any classes that week.

Option 2.) Take lessons with your teacher online via SKYPE or GOOGLE HANGOUTS! All you need is a WI-FI connection and a laptop, iPhone, iPad, or android device, and you can take your lesson with your teacher anywhere in the world as all of our instructors are now outfitted with iPads in their classrooms!

Option 3.) Sublet your spot to a friend or family member for the Summer. This is always a popular option - as this way you get to keep your spot when you return AND can have someone else enjoy the lessons and your convenient schedule during the Summer! You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the office know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure that your friend reimburses you directly for the lessons. If you LOVE your teacher, keep your spot by using the Summer make ups or sub lease your spot.

Should you have any questions about Summer Lessons, don’t hesitate to contact us!

How Does the Summer Work at LAAPA?

Important Dates:

May 17 - Senior Recital
May 23 & May 30 - Spring Recital Rehearsals 1 & 2
May 25 - Memorial Day - No Lessons

Is Your Teacher Completely Booked? Teachers with Waiting Lists.

With over 1,100 students enrolled at LAAPA, our openings remain very limited, but there are still lesson spots available for Summer, so just give us a call to check. 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.
Here’s just a partial list of who’s currently full at all campuses:
Curtis MON,WED,TH-1 spot! FRI-BOOKED!
Chris MON,TU-2 spots! NEW TEACHER!
Bill MON-2 spots! WED-1 spot! TH,FRI,SAT-BOOKED!
Ben SAT-2 spots! MON-1 spot! TU,WED,TH,FRI-BOOKED!
Kirk MON & TU-1 spot!
Aaron TU & WED -2 spots! TH-1 spot!
Bill MON 2 spots-1 spot! TH, FRI,SAT-BOOKED!
Danielle TU-1 spot!
Reid MON-2 spots! WED,TH-BOOKED!
Russell MON,TU-2 spots! WED,TH-BOOKED!
Mirka TU-2 spots!
Daniel FRI-1 spot! WED, TH-BOOKED!
Bonnie SAT-1 spot! MON,WED,TH-BOOKED!
Rebecca TU-1 spot! MON,WED,TH,FRI-BOOKED!
Jennifer MON-1 spot!
Joy MON,WED-1 spot!
Yulene SAT-2 spots!
Jacob SAT-2 spots!
Katherine TH-BOOKED! SAT-2 spots!
Gabriel MON-1 spot!
Kate MON-1 spot!
Simona MON,WED,TH-2 spots! SAT-1 spot!
Lee FRI 2 spots! TH-2 spots!
Danielle TU-BOOKED!

A HUGE welcome to our new students who began lessons or added programs in April!

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

Aleah B.
Allie B.
Angelina W.
Bernadette M.
Bruce M.
(thanks to Emily M.)
Caleb R.
Caroline P.
Char leith C.
Chase O.
Christian H.
David R.
Diego R.
Hayden L.
Isabella E.
Jack E.
Jakob S.
Josiah R.
Kyla A.
(thanks to Christian A.)
Logan S.
Maia S.
Marie B.
Nadia D.
Nathaniel H.
Niki G.
Noah C.
Remi B.
Ryan B.
Sophie C.
Sun L.
Tammy T.
Taylor D.
Victoria L.
William K.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“The lessons are going great! William thinks the lessons are the coolest thing ever! It is so interesting to watch William interact with the students and the various instruments. Bethany is wonderful. She has really helped William follow along with the tempo of the music, which we believe and understand will help him once he transitions into private drum lessons.”

~ Ann Bileci and family