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(985) 590-4545
(985) 674-2992
(504) 738-3050
1111 Village Walk Rd
105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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December 2016 Newsletter

Articles include, "Giving Thanks for Everyone at LAAPA!", Student News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy December Birthdays, Give the Gift of Music & Dance this Christmas, and more!"...

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Giving Thanks for Everyone at LAAPA!

Dance Classes for kids, teens, and adults and guitar and ukulele lessons for all ages!

As I write our December newsletter, it’s just a few days after Thanksgiving and today I quite literally rolled into the office - you see, both my wife’s family and my family had Thanksgiving this year (lunch then dinner - oh boy), so it was quite a calorific holiday, yet a most enjoyable one as I hope was the case for all of you!

Looking back on this year, I’d just like to take a moment to say a huge, “Thank You” to all of our students and parents who have either recently joined our academy or (in many cases) have been studying with us for years. This year the academy hit it’s 1,250 student milestone! Being able to effectively fulfill our mission of spreading the joy of music and dance within our community is such an awesome privilege to us. Of course, we couldn’t do it without some of the top music and dance educators and administrative professionals in the New Orleans area. It takes a true talent and commitment to excel in any profession, and our faculty and staff work to achieve this very goal daily. They are undoubtedly our greatest asset and we can’t wait for you to see the results of their dedication and professionalism at our upcoming Christmas productions!

One of my greatest joys here at the Academy is being able to see the growth of each student from the time of enrollment to the present. Many times brand new music and dance students come to us and let us know upfront that they aren’t really interested in performing in our concerts for one reason or another, and we let them know that’s perfectly fine! However, after taking lessons for a little while and building additional self-confidence, many eventually choose to participate! With 23-24 concerts a year that we hold at LAAPA, there is certainly no lack of performance opportunities, and I can’t wait to see what you all have been preparing for our final performances of 2016!

Even if you won’t be performing this December, we hope that you can join us to enjoy the many performances from our talented music and dance students! This year we will be holding a record 12 concerts jam packed with over 530 performances!

Our concerts for the Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music will be held on Saturday, December 16-17 at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington.
Music Concerts for the River Ridge School of Music & Dance will be held on Saturday, December 10 at Victory Fellowship in Metairie. Our Dance Recital will be held on Sunday December 18 at Loyola University’s Roussell Hall - 2 PM.

Student Concert time assignments will be published within the first week of December at:

In lieu of tickets, each December, our students, faculty, and staff put on a Benefit Concert to support the Teresian Sisters and their Mission in Batesville, Texas. Just 30 minutes outside of Uvalde, Texas, Batesville is a small, impoverished town near the Mexican Border. For more information on the Mission, please visit http://www.laapa.com/mission.

Merry Christmas & see you at the concerts!

Ryan Cullen


New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Know someone who is getting an instrument for Christmas or loves to dance or sing? Gift certificates from LAAPA are available starting at just $17.50! Our teachers make learning fun and we offer music lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drum, violin, sax, clarinet, flute, trumpet, preschool music and dance classes in ballet, hip-hop, modern, musical theatre, tap, jazz, parent and tot, pre-ballet.

We make it easy to get started in lessons - whether you’re a brand new beginner or are picking up lessons again after some time off.

Give us a call today at the school campus nearest you! Covington (985) 590.4545, Mandeville (985) 674.2992, and River Ridge (504) 738.3050 or e-mail contact@laapa.com or save time and purchase online via the red button below!


Jamstick + Contest - Winner Announced LATER TODAY!

Do you love your music lessons or dance classes at LAAPA? Tell everyone!

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

- You will receive a free lesson in any program.

- You will be automatically entered into our drawing this December 1 for a brand new Jamstick+! Watch the video to see it in action.

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!

The winner will be announced at facebook.com/laapaface later today, so stay tuned to see if you won!

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

Thanks to everyone who continually refers the academy - it’s the highest compliment we can receive and truly appreciated!

Student News

River Ridge School of Music & Dance students known as “Billy’s Kids” (from left to right) Claire Sheppard (guitar), Gabriella Kleyle (bass), Sarah Anderson (vocals), Katelyn Chopin (electric guitar), and Jace Concepcion (drums) recently performed at the Neutral Ground Coffeehouse for open mic night to rave reviews! Congrats to all performers and to faculty member, Mr. Bill Solomon for coaching the group!
Billy's Kids all take lessons at the River Ridge School of Music and Dance in Harahan, LA
River Ridge School of Music & Dance voice lessons student, Jacob Schweitzer was cast to be Dickens in the Secret Garden with the Genesians of Archbishop Rummel High School. He takes lessons with Ms. Maria.
Voice Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Covington School of Music student, Maddy Rose Monlezun got the part of “Mrs. Claus” in her school Christmas musical! She takes voice lessons with Ms. Alexandra.
Mandeville School of Music student, Liam McCauley (age 15) - a sophomore at Lakeshore High School was selected as second chair guitarist for the Louisiana Music Educators Association AllState Jazz Ensemble which performed November 20, 2016. Liam takes guitar lessons with Mr. Josh and saxophone lessons/jazz band with Mr. Ryan.
Liam takes guitar lessons at the Mandeville School of Music

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.

Help us Support the Poorest of the Poor through Music and Dance!

Each Christmas, hundreds of families at LAAPA come together and donate gifts, clothing, and other basic needs items to support families in Batesville, Texas through the Teresian Sisters. We will be accepting donations at our concerts held on Dec. 10, 16, 17, and 18. At the end of each day, we pack them up and drop them off to the Teresian Sister’s Provincilate in Covington where they sort and prepare to transport them directly to the needy.

Assistant Director, Wanda Cullen visited with the Teresian sisters a few years ago and recorded an interview with them discussing their needs and how we can all help! Watch the video below and for more information on how you can help, please visit http://www.laapa.com/mission.

Happy December Birthdays!

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

Students: Alison M. (17), Alyssa B. (13), Andrew P. (11), Anna C. (11), Anthony J., Arrolyn P. (7), Atticus F. (14), Ava P. (5), Bella B. (17), Ben W. (16), Bennett D. (4), Brandon J. (12), Bryce L. (8), Carrietta Y. (9), Charles A. (19), Cheryl E., Chloe B. (11), Chloe G. (9), Christopher T. (9), Christopher F. (16), Cioni M. (14), David P. (7), David R. (9), Emily G. (12), Emily R. (12), Ethan C. (6), Evan T. (14), Eviana R. (6), Finley T. (7), George B., Grace S. (11), Haley H. (16), Hannah C. (8), Hannah S. (9), Hayes H. (15), Henry F. (14), Hudson H. (9), Jaden B. (10), Jake G. (16), Jethro J. (9), Joshua P. (12), Juliet D. (9), Kaitlyn L. (15), Kevin N. (10), Kevin W. (10), Khalil E. (12), Kimea C. (4), Landon B. (9), Leah A. (4), Lily-Rose H. (6), Luis L. (14), Marcus B. (8), Mia R. (5), Michael C. (11), Myles F. (3), Nina M. (7), Patrick H. (14), Paulette S., Peter B. (10), Peyton F. (7), Reagan H. (9), Remy K. (8), Sanjana S. (14), Sean St. C. (10), Shamari S. (13), Skylar J. (14), Sophia Q. (8), Sophia R. (13), Trace P. (13), Tristen M. (12), Victoria M. (16), William C. (12), William B. (4), Yousef F. (7)

Faculty: Kate W., Dr. Kari B., Tamara M.

Important Dates:

December 10, 16, 17, 18
Christmas Performances (see laapa.com for more info)

December 21-January 3
Christmas/New Year Holidays

Music & Dance Artwork Holiday Gifts

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!

Students of the Month - Regina and Emily Richburg

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music students, Regina and Emily Richburg take trombone lessons and piano lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with them and learn a little more about their lessons and interests!

How long have you been taking lessons with LAAPA?
Both-5 1/2 months (moved here from California)

What kind of music do you listen to?
Emily- I like a wide variety, radio. The last thing I heard was Christmas music
Regina-I really like alternative music. I don’t have a favorite band. I just really like the songs

What is your favorite part of the lesson each week?
Emily-learning new songs!
Regina- believe it or not, the scales, that’s what my tests are on

What do you enjoy practicing each week?
Emily- it’s hard to pick, to be honest, I like it all of it!
Regina- probably the concert band material that we do for my school

What are your other interests/hobbies?
Emily- I’m in the Robotics Club and Jazz Band at school
Regina-I like to draw (also in Concert Band and Marching Band)
Emily- well I like to draw too, but I’m not good at it
Regina-you just have to practice, try copying other artists, it works!

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

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

Abby G.
Aiden S.
Alejandro R.
Ansley S.
Aubrey V.
Berlenda G.
Bo S.
Brinley F.
Bryce R.
Chance K.
Claire J.
(thanks to Madelyn H.)
Daniella D.
Didier G.
Elena K.
Ethan K.
Evangeline T.
Faith D.
Forrest W.
Hailey C.
Hope St. G.
(thanks to Catherine N.)
Hudson H.
Izelh M.
Jasmine R.
Julie T.
Kamiya C.
Keely H.
Kylie M.
Landon R.
Le Fei H.
Le Yan H.
Leana K.
Louis K.
Louis R.
Madeline W.
Marietta H.
Nicole P.
Patrick T.
Quinn Y.
Reagan H.
Remi C.
Rex H.
Siya P.
Skylar M.
Soren G.
Zach W.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Voice lessons are going very well. Kate really seems to enjoy them and never wants to miss!”
~ Judith B.

“Kelliana is loving it! She loves Mr. Ben and the way he teaches the guitar lessons!”
~ Rhonda H.

“She doesn’t say much, but when I tell Chloe it’s time to go to dance class, it’s all she talks about. She loves Ms. Mary!”
~ Melissa D.