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February 2016 Newsletter

Articles include, "Will You Be Participating in LAAPAFEST?, Win Tickets to Jazz Fest!, Student/Faculty News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy February Birthdays and more!"...

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Will You Be Participating in LAAPAFEST?

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Piano and Guitar Lessons

Dear Parents and Students,

It’s hard to believe that LAAPAFEST is once again nearly here! So what is LAAPAFEST anyway?

LAAPAFEST is a unique opportunity for all music students who have been studying their instrument for at least one year (whether at LAAPA or elsewhere) to perform a memorized solo for a panel of three insightful and friendly judges. Students then receive an overall rating as well as detailed written, constructive feedback on their performance (within a variety of categories) which will then be passed along to their private instructor(s).

The overall goal of LAAPAFEST works in tandem with our mission here at LAAPA of instilling a lifetime appreciation of the performing arts within each student while continually building self-esteem. Students do not compete with other students for their overall rating and are rated solely on their individual performances and at their individual levels. Beginning (1 year) students are most welcome to participate in LAAPAFEST and, in fact, are encouraged!

Immediately following the third and final week of LAAPAFEST on March 19, the judges are asked to select 25-30 students who have received the highest overall ratings to join our Faculty in performing at our Faculty and Honors Recital on April 24. Students will be selected per school campus based on their instrument/program as well as their rating. We wish to provide a concert equally represented with students of all instruments/programs/levels. There are very limited spots in the Honors recital and the selection process is always a very challenging one for the judges! Not being selected for the Honors concert, in other words, certainly does not detract from the outstanding achievement of a Superior or Excellent rating!

LAAPAFEST participation is an outstanding event in and of itself that produces Honors reflected in the outcome of student ratings. It is important to note that the majority of our students participating in LAAPAFEST typically earn either Excellent and/or Superior overall ratings at LAAPAFEST (because they are so well prepared)! The focus of LAAPAFEST is on the individual student, their performance at LAAPAFEST, and their individual rating at LAAPAFEST. At all Spring Concerts in June, LAAPAFEST students will be recognized for their participation and rewarded for Excellent and Superior ratings. For more information on LAAPFEST, please speak with your private instructor ASAP.

You may sign-up online for LAAPAFEST at http://www.laapa.com/laapafest.

It is also important to note that each year we do have to turn students away from LAAPAFEST due to the limited number of slots available - our judges are usually listening to music non-stop from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (with only a lunch break), so we encourage all interested students to turn in paperwork well ahead of the Febrary 22 official enrollment deadline. Good luck at LAAPAFEST!

Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

Will You Win a Brass Pass to Jazz Fest?

Our Winter Referal Contest is now underway! Will You Win?!

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!

The winner will be announced at facebook.com/laapaface April 1!

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

Student & Faculty News

Mandeville School of Music voice lessons student, Ashleigh Stoltz made it into the District Women’s Honor Choir. She takes lessons with Mrs. Katarina.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Mandeville School of Music voice lessons student, Brooklyn Hoth, won first place for voice in the Tangipahoa talent show held in December 2015. She takes lessons with Mrs. Bethany.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Mandeville School of Music students, James Plaisance and Alex Maassen recently auditioned for and were selected to perform in the Fountainbleau Junior High District Honor Band. James made first chair for alto saxophone, Alex made third chair for trombone. James studies privately with Dr. Mark Williams, and both James and Alex study with Mr. Ryan Cullen in the jazz ensemble.
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 February Birthdays!

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

(Students) Addison W. (7), Alex M. (14), Anisa C. (9), Arabella G. (4), Arden H. (9), Ashley E. (8), Audria K. (8), Ayah B. (4), Ayva S. (10), Bryce D. (11), Brycen R. (12), Caden B. (6), Callie D. (13), Catherine P. (11), Chris G.,Christian I. (13), Clara W. (3), Connor O. (7), Dory A. (10), Drew B. (12), Emily M. (13), Everett C., Fabiana C., Gavin L. (13), Georgianna M., Gwen R., Hannah A. (9), Haroly G. (7), Holly S. (13), James O. (10), James F. (9), Jessiah S. (8), Jessica M. (13), John E. (12), Jose M. (9), Joseph U. (6), Josiah S. (7), Julia S. (14), Katie P. (16), Katya D. (7), Kylie M. (13), Landon P-R (5), Lauren B. (10), Lola B. (14), Londyn D. (4), Madeline M. (17), Maurice C., Melissa M. (14), Michael P. (11), Michael D., Miranda B. (10), Nicholas Y. (9), Nicholas S. (12), Olivia B. (9), Patrick L. (15), Peggy R., Randy H. (15), Rita G. (14), Robert B. (9), Robin C., Rojon Z., Ryan C., Sam W. (5), Savannah B. (10), Seth M. (6), Seth M. (17), Sienna S. (5), Sophie S. (5), Sydney S. (13), Thomas P. (10), Ty W. (5), William F. (8), Zane G. (10)

(Faculty) Mr. Jacob Mathew, Mrs. Autumn Beck, Ms. Clare Harmon, Mr. Evan Magoun, Ms. Catherine Schilling, Dr. Boris Blagoev, Mr. Russell Tucker

Important Dates:


February 6 - 12
River Ridge Campus - Mardi Gras Break
February 8-12
Northshore Campuses - Mardi Gras Break
March 5
LAAPAFEST - Covington
March 12
LAAPAFEST - Mandeville
March 19
LAAPAFEST - River Ridge

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Fun with
Music & Dance Lessons this Year!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

We offer the Most Comprehensive Music & Dance Program in New Orleans with lessons in Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Drums, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Brass, Woodwind, Bands,
Preschool Music, & MORE
all in one location. Whether you’re brand new to music and dance or already experienced, we’ve provided tens of thousands of students with the tools, inspiration, and motivation necessary to achieve a lifetime love of music & dance for the past 38 years and would love to do the same for you.

For more information on current scheduling availability, give us a call today at (985) 231-0875 or e-mail us here!

Enroll Online TODAY!

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 through the middle of January, 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 - Jillian Surla

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music student, Jillian Surla takes voice lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with her and learn a little more about her voice lessons and interests!

Tell us about yourself and how long you’ve been taking lessons at Laapa.

Mrs. Carolyn is my instructor, and I’ve been taking voice lessons for almost 6 months now.

Tell us how your lessons are going and what have you been working on.

My lessons are great! I am singing “The Girl I Mean to Be” from The Secret Garden. Mrs. Carolyn has been a big help with teaching me to breathe correctly and read music.

Outside of music, what are some of your other hobbies and interests?

Painting, Dance, Basketball. I’m in the Drama club, and I like Tennis.

A HUGE welcome to our newest students who began lessons or added programs in January (through Jan 25)!

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

Aaron N.
Ace P.
Adeleine L.
Alex V. N.
Alexis N.
Allison C.
(thanks to Camille C.)
Allison B.
Amaiah L.
Andrea L.
Andrew M.
(thanks to Josiah S.)
Angelique B.
Anisa C.
Anjali M.
Antonia A.
Bella B.
Bradley A.
Breigh-anna S.
Cadence D.
Cameron A.
Camila A.
(thanks to Stefan N.)
Carolee L.
Caroline D.
Caroline N.
Catherine A.
Chloe C.
Chloe O’N.
Claire J.
(thanks to Madelyn H.)
Claude S.
Collin S.
Connor O.
Connor D.
Destiny H.
Diana P.
(thanks to Carolyn R.)
Donna D.
Drew G.
Emma S.
Ethan H.
Eva L.
Evelyn R.
Finley P.
Gabrielle G.
Genevieve N.
Gianna S.
Giselle B.
Haley D.
Harmony B.
Harry H.
Huy T.
(thanks to Fraelle B.)
Isabel R.
Jackson E.
James J.
James P.
Jameson H.
Jayci D.
Jazper C.
Jillian R.
Joan L.
Jonathan K.
Joseph H.
Joshua D.
Josiah J.
Journee J.
Julianna W.
Kali H.
Kasey M.
Katie P.
Kelly Y.
Kelly S.
Kennedy S.
Kylie M.
Landry O.
Limei W.
Lola B.
Lucy C.
Luis L.
Lydia B.
Maeve B.
(thanks to Adair B)
Maggie H.
Maicey R.
Mariah M.
Mark M.
(thanks to Josiah S.)
Mercy M.
(thanks to the Moore Family)
Mia C.
Michael F.
(thanks to Andrew F.)
Michelle T.
Ne’vaeh S.
(thanks to Brianna B.)
Noah M.
Nora E.
Oliver R.
Oliver S.
Payton P.
Ramy R.
(thanks to Marcy S.)
Reagan D.
Rishi P.
Robert B.
Robin C.
Rory K.
Samantha S.
(thanks to Julian S.)
Sean St. C.
Shamari S.
Shaylee W.
Shea S.
(thanks to Carolyn R.)
Stella W.
Tamanna P.
Thea R.
(thanks to Julian S.)
Tiffany C.
Trenton L.
Victoria S.
William G.
Zahporyah B.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Sarah’s lessons have been going great! She’s doing really well in both piano and violin. Ms. Amy and Ms. Vanya have been awesome teachers and we always tell our friends to go to LAAPA and not to even bother looking at other schools!”

~Hossain Family