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105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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April 2016 Newsletter

Articles include, "Spring Concerts & Awards Ceremonies are Coming!, Did you win a Brass Pass to Jazz Fest?, Student/Faculty News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy April Birthdays, Summer Camps - Early Bird Registration ends April 15, and more!"...

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Spring Concerts & Award Ceremonies are Coming!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Piano and Guitar Lessons

Dear Students and Parents,

Our Spring Music Concerts, Dance Recitals, and Award Ceremonies will be held as follows:

June 17-18 at Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson St. in Covington for the Covington and Mandeville campuses.

June 25 at St. Martin’s Solomon Theatre 5309 Airline Dr. in Metairie (music students only) and June 26 at Loyola University - Roussel Hall - 6363 St. Charles Ave. (music and dance students) for the River Ridge campus.

Concert assignments will be announced in late May during rehearsals.

All students are asked to complete and return the participation forms online. Deadlines to sign up are 4/9/16 (for dance students) and 5/2/16 (for music students).

Sign-up online today at:


- All music students will be assigned one solo and may additionally participate in a duet or compose an original piece.

- All instrumental and vocal students (voice, guitar, strings, wind, brass, etc.) will require accompanists. The accompanist fee is $30 and will provide students with 3 mini-rehearsals with the accompanist (or their instructor within the lesson) in addition to the performance on the day of the concert.

- Mandatory rehearsals for music students provide the student with additional coaching from the Academy Faculty and will be held Saturdays at all campuses between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on May 28, June 4, and June 11. Students must attend 2 of the 3 rehearsals. A more detailed schedule is forthcoming.

- All dance students that are not performing in the concert must inform the teacher immediately as an exact count of students performing will be necessary for the choreography.

- All dance students will purchase costumes through the school once they are assigned. Dance students must attend all lessons from now until the concert. If students miss more than three lessons from now until the concert they will not be able to perform. Rehearsal for dance students will be held the week before the recital. Dance students should come in full costume the week of June 20 for dress rehearsal held at The River Ridge School of Music and Dance. Finally, all dance students should arrive at Roussel Hall 60 minutes prior to their performance time to allow for stage blocking.

Trophies will be awarded at each program. Ask your individual instructor about our categories and how trophies are earned. Trophies and other awards will be awarded based on students’ weekly performance and effort at lessons with the exception of the Original Composition trophy and LAAPAFEST awards. Concert Tickets for General Admission may be pre-ordered when signing up online or at the Front Desk.

Two complimentary concert tickets (per family) are available for students and/or parents to pick up at the Front Desk.

I look forward to seeing everyone this June at our main event of the year!

Ryan Cullen, Director

Did You Win a Brass Pass to Jazz Fest?

Our Winter Referral Contest Drawing is April 1. and the winner will be announced at facebook.com/laapaface.

If you refer a new student to the Academy and they enroll:

- You will receive a free lesson in any program.

- You AND your friend will be automatically entered into our drawing this April 1 for a WWOZ FM Jazz Fest Brass Pass ($500 value)! The pass allows you to attend the entire jazz fest lineup. Different people may use the pass each day if you can’t attend every day. You’ll also get access to the WWOZ FM Hospitality Tent for free refreshments.

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!

* Immediate family members/members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program.

Student & Faculty News

Mandeville School of Music student, Cindy Van Duyne will be performing at the Dew Drop as part of the “Tamarama” festival on April 16 - 5:45 PM. Cindy is also the lead singer for the Pat Barberot Jazz Orchestra and has been taking voice lessons at LAAPA with Mrs. Carolyn since 2011. She is working on a new CD to be released later this year.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Gracie Silva was cast as the lead Alice in JPAS’s spring production of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Performances are April 8th, 9th, and 10th. Tickets are on sale NOW at www.jpas.org. Much appreciation goes out to her fabulous voice coach Mrs. Jessica Martin who works professionally with Gracie every week. Mrs. Jessica has prepared Gracie for many auditions and their hard work together has truly paid off!
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Aidan Orgeron, performed the opening act at the John L. Ory talent show on January 29. Aidan takes drum lessons with Mr. Bill!
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Mandeville School of Music vocal student, Shay Dennie, is currently working on her debut album at JT Studios in Mandeville. Shay takes voice lessons with Mrs. Caroyln.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Mandeville School of Music student, Liam McCauley, was selected as a part of the 2016 Louisiana Music Educators Association District IX High School Jazz Honor Band as the guitarist. Liam is a Freshman at Lakeshore High School and takes guitar lessons with Mr. Josh, saxophone lessons with Mr. Ryan, and is a member of the LAAPA Northshore Jazz Band.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Voice and Piano Faculty member and 2015 teacher of the year, Mrs. Katarina Boudreaux, is a prolific writer. Her play "Awake at 4:30" is a finalist in the Tennessee Williams one act play contest. Poetry chapbook "Anatomy Lessons" will come out in May published by Flutter Press.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

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.

Happy April Birthdays!

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

(Students) Aaron C. (8), Alexandra V. (15), Amari H. (14), Andrew M. (5), Andrew R., Anjali M. (8), Ava H. (6), Benjamin N. (6), Brianna O. (17), Brynn L. (8), Byron F., Cade C. (9), Candace Y., Charles E. (10), Christian H., Cindy V.D., Claire J. (5), Demetrius J., Devin G. (10), Dylahn H. (9), Elizabeth F. (14), Elizabeth D., Ella U. (17), Emily S. (9), Emma F. (13), Emma P. (12), Eric D. (5), Ethan H. (3), Garrett D. (15), Giselle B. (7), Grace D. (14), Grace S. (17), Heather B., Hunter L. (16), Jane N. (14), Jazper C. (5), Kaelyn R. (8), Kaitlyn W. (17), Landry O. (4),
Lilah F. (8), Lincoln B. (6), Lucy C. (6), Marc M. (5), Marco V. (12), Marshall R. II (9), Matthew S. (15), Megan A. (13), Minden V., Nicholas F. (10), Nicholas B. (16), Nicolette B. (13), Niki G., Olivia K. (11), Paul A. (8), Preston C. (6), Quintin C. (8), Ramy R., Remi B. (14), Roger M. (8), Ro’ziah B.-S. (10), Sahithi K. (10), Sam D. (10), Sydnie B. (11), Thalia B. (6), Will F. (11)

(Faculty) Bethany Crawford, Tess Robin, Helon-Ruth Tackett

Important Dates:

April 24
Faculty/Honors Concert
2 PM at Fuhrmann Auditorium
May 28, June 4, & June 11
Spring Concert Rehearsals
For music students at all campuses - times TBA

Summer Music & Dance Camp -
Early Registration Savings Ends April 15!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Summer Camps will be held this July beginning the week of July 11. Students may choose to participate in 1, 2, or all 3 weeks!

Our Summer Camps provide all students ages 5-16 with a choice of over 30 instrumental, vocal, and performing arts programs to explore! 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 www.laapa.com/camp or call (504) 208-02301.

Save $24 with the Early Bird rate - use coupon code "earlybird" (LIMITED TIME ONLY)!

Sign Up for Summer Camp!

Music & Dance Artwork - Now Available Online!

You can now browse and purchase the beautiful Music and Dance artwork of local artist Michaela Howell in the LAAPA Store. Just goto http://store.laapa.com/art/. She is currently offering 10% off, so be sure to take a look soon!
Local artist, Michaela Howell has graciously decorated our schools with her music and dance themed artwork (just one example of which is pictured right). All of these pieces may be purchased for your home or as a gift! Please inquire at the front desk.
With down home country humble beginnings Michaela has always been very resourceful. She cuts, sands, primes, paints, and in some cases stains her abstract versions of the wooden instruments, creating very hands-on works of art. This resourcefulness has “Played” out very nicely in her most current work. Though the recycling of varying musical instrument components including guitar strings, violin knobs, music sheets featuring the instrument showcased, Michaela portrays a ‘current’ sense of style combined with a very vivid color pallet, creating a symphony for the senses!

Student of the Month - Austin Freedman

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Covington School of Music student, Austin Freedman takes guitar lessons here 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 guitar lessons.

I’m 17 and I’ve been taking lessons for over a year now. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 9, but got serious about it my freshman year, when I was 15 years old. I just love playing guitar and try to practice it as much as I can.

What do you enjoy about your guitar lessons?

I love the amount of personality that comes out of Josh, and the amount of fun we have in lessons. He’s really passionate about it and it matches my passion too.

What do you play in rock/pop ensemble?

I am the lead guitarist.

What else do you like to do and what are your future goals?

I also like to play video games. I work at a middle school as an afterschool volunteer. I want to go to college up north somewhere and study nuclear engineering or interior engineering, and also minor in music.

A HUGE welcome to our newest students who began lessons or added programs in March!

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

Aidan B.
Aimme R.
Aishwarya N.
Alivia S.
Allison C.
(thanks to Camille C.)
Andrew W.
Aneliese G.
Anthony H.
Anthony J.
Bob W.
Bryan N.
Camille C.
Caylee B.
Charisma H.
(thanks to Bryce L.)
Charles M.
Charlie C.
(thanks to the Temple family)
Chloe D.
Claire B.
Collin G.
Corbin T.
(thanks to Crystal Ecuyer)
Cristy C.
Danielle G.
Darryl T.
Devin G.
(thanks to Brooks G.)
Diana P.
(thanks to Carolyn R.)
Emelia M.
Emma L.
Fletcher F.
(thanks to Joe F.)
Gabriella M.
Germaine D.
Gianna A.
(thanks to Josiah S.)
Grace D.
Grayce R.
Hagan H.
Hannah F.
Hannah P.
Hao W.
Jacob L.
James J.
Jazz S.
Jocelyn Q.
Jordan J.
Joseph W.
Josephine G.
Joshua C. Jr.
Juana T.
Juliet L.
Kaelyn R.
Kai J.
Landon P.
(thanks to Timothy P.)
Landon P-R.
Leah A.
Lester R.
Londyn D.
Louis S.
Luna H.
(thanks to Brett S.)
Lydia B.
Lyric H.
(thanks to Bryce L.)
Mannix R.
(thanks to Crystal E.)
Marshall R.
Marshall R. II
Matthew D.
Matthew S.
Megan A.
Michael D.
Minden V.
Nynah H.
Rhyne S.
Robert F.
Sanjana S.
Sankera B.
Sarah D.
Terri L.
Zoeya K.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

“Music has always been a part of my life, and I just love that Kanako [my teacher] understands that I already have a lot of experience and treats me like an equal, sharing her own experiences and always offering criticism that is constructive.”

~Laurel Mills