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Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
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March 2016 Newsletter

Articles include, "Getting the Most out of Your Lessons at LAAPA!, Win Tickets to Jazz Fest!, Student/Faculty News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy March Birthdays, Summer Camps - Early Bird Registration and more!"...

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Getting the Most out of Your Lessons at LAAPA!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Piano and Guitar Lessons

March is here, and our Winter/Spring semester is in full swing! Students are putting their final touches on their LAAPAFEST pieces and are also beginning to think about their Spring Recital pieces! With so much going on (both here at LAAPA and your daily routine) it’s understandable that you may not be aware of everything that we have available for you here at LAAPA. So please take a moment to review the following so that you can make the most of your music lessons and dance classes here at the Academy!


This past Fall, we launched the LessonMate digital assignment program for all music students. This March, it is currently being rolled out for all dance students as well! LessonMate allows teachers to send your weekly assignments and lesson progress reports via the web. Each time your teacher posts a new lesson, you will receive an email prompting you to login and view the lesson.

***IMPORTANT*** Because lessons many times contain digital audio files, video demonstrations, in addition to text, please note that there is no actual lesson content in the email itself - you must login with your email address and password. If you’ve forgotten your password, it’s very quick and easy to change it. Just click the “forgot password” link on the login page!

While many of our teachers are using LessonMate for each student, some teachers prefer to use the program on a student by student basis as some students and parents prefer traditional paper communications. If your teacher has not yet used LessonMate in your lessons and you’d like to try out the program, just ask and they would be happy to! If you are having trouble accessing your LessonMate account or need to change your email address on file, please let us know!


Did you know that all music students are welcome to attend our free 45 minute weekly theory classes each week? We offer them at each campus and also offer a virtual class via Google Hangouts. For scheduling and class times, please give us a call or stop by the front desk!


Our Spring Recitals & Awards Ceremony will be here before you know it. Dates and signup information will be announced in the April Newsletter. All students are invited to participate, but participation (as in all of our LAAPA Recitals) is not mandatory. In order to help our students prepare for the Spring Concert, we also hold 3 weeks of rehearsals prior to the concert dates. In this way, students can really fine tune their performances. This is especially beneficial for our brand new students who will perhaps be making their big debut on the stage!

Have a great March and see you soon!

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

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Gracie Delgado, received top 10 in voice performance at Industry Network held in Los Angeles last week. She received three first places in acting and other activities.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Mandeville School of Music student, Allie Grace Green, will be performing as the Cheshire Cat and 3 of Clubs in The Trials of Alice in Wonderland at Papamont Academy of Performing Arts.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Mandeville School of Music students, Elise and Dominic Glorioso recently performed in “One Hit Wonders” at Cutting Edge Theatre.
River Ridge School of Music & Dance violin faculty member, Kate Withrow, will be holding a concert featuring the rarely heard Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber at the Marigny Opera House March 24 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at www.marignyoperahouse.org.
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
River Ridge School of Music & Dance piano and voice faculty member, Kanako Fuwa, will be featured as a performer on NCIS New Orleans on the March 2 episode performing an original composition by her husband, Detroit Brooks called, “If Never You’re Mine.”
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 March Birthdays!

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

(Students) Abby R. (12), Addison R. (12), Aidan F. (9), Aishwarya N. (17), Alexander S. (2), Allie-Grace G. (8), Amelie G. (11), Andre M. (6), Angel H. Jr. (14), Angelina M. (14), Anh T. (6), Antonia A., Ashleigh H. (11), Aubrey W. (8), Bernadette M. (9), Bob W., Brandon L. (9), Breigh-anna S. (14), Brianna D. (9), Cadence P. (5), Caitlin B. (9), Ce’vanne U. (5), Chloe L. (8), Chris G. (15), Cooper R. (6), Declan A. (12), Dondria H., Drew G. (7), Elizaveta D. (5), Ella B. (11), Emma M. (13), Fernando Z. (10), Fraelle Mhae B. (12), Gabriel M. (10), Gideon S. (4), Grant S. (10), Hue T. (6), Isabella R. (10), Jack V., Jack E. (11), Jackson E. (9), James P., James J., Jannah B. (9), Jessica V., Jessie J. (12), John G. Jr. (7), Journee J. (6), Kacey C. (9), Kaden F. (8), Karli W. (16), Kasey M. (5), Kelliana H. (15), Kelly S. (14), Kevin M., Khyren A. (6), Landon R. (5), Laney T. (15), Lauren G. (10), Leo F. 10), Lisette G. (11), Maddie N. (5), Marissa D. (9), Michael S. (13), Noel P. (2), Olivia N. (11), Olivia J. (14), Olivia A. (12), Pam P., Phyllis M., Raegan H. (9), Rakshitha R. (12), Ryleigh B. (8), Samantha A. (5), Sarah M. (15), Sarah C. (14), Shaelen T. (11), Sophia R. (10), Sophia M. (6), Stephanie C. (13), Susan N., Suzanne P., Taylor V. (8), Theran P. (8), Tiffany C. (5), Victoria W. (9), William D. (16)

(Faculty) Christopher Talley

Important Dates:


March 5
LAAPAFEST - Covington
March 12
LAAPAFEST - Mandeville
March 19
LAAPAFEST - River Ridge
March 25-31
Easter/Spring Break Holidays

Now Enrolling for Summer Music & Dance Camps!

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 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 - Jessiah Suazo

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Jessiah Suazo takes piano lessons and ballet classes here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with her and learn a little more about her lessons and interests!

Tell us about yourself and how long you’ve been taking piano and ballet lessons.

I’ve been taking both piano and ballet lessons at LAAPA since September. I study piano with Mr. Daniel and my ballet teacher is Ms. Mary. This past December was my first recital ever. I was a little scared and shy, but once I got on stage, it was awesome!

What do you enjoy about your piano lessons?

I love that I can move my fingers across the keys and make beautiful music. Some of the pieces I have worked on with Mr. Daniel include “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and Beethoven’s “Fur Elise”.

What do you do in ballet class?

In ballet class, we learn dance phrases. I love to move my body and stretch! I like the new move we’re working on in class with Ms. Mary; it’s called “jeté”, which means “to throw” in French.

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

I like to sing when I am alone and maybe someday I will take voice lessons too. I think I want to be a singer when I grow up. I also want to share that in five months, I will be a big sister!!!

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

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

Abigail S.
Adam H.
Amy W.
Anastasia B.
Andy R.
Antonia A.
Ashleigh D.
Aubrey R.
Barbara L.
Blair M.
(thanks to Heather B.)
Bradley A.
Brady B.
Brittany V.
Brooke W.
Brooklyn T.
Byron F.
Calebi D.
Carter Z.
(thanks to Mallory F.)
Casey E.
Charlie C.
(thanks to the Sawyer & Finley T.)
Claire S.
Colton B.
Daisy P.
Di’Ayren M.
Eleanor B.
Eli W.
(thanks to Davian A.)
Eli F.
Ella P.
(thanks to Heather B.)
Ella W.
(thanks to Grayce R.)
Emerald S.
Erica de V.
Erin K.
Gabriel J.
Heather B.
Isaiah C.
Jace K.
Jack S.
Jadyn F.
James T.
Jarrett G.
Jasmine B.
Jiselle R.
Joanna N.
Johnas E.
Karymé P.
Kenzie D.
(thanks to Jamie P.)
Kourtney K.
Liam M.
Liam G.
(thanks to Elle G.)
Lincoln B.
Lizbeth G.
(thanks to Brooks G.)
Logan L.
Lylah C.
(thanks to Allison B.)
Madison C.
Marshall R.
Marshall R. II
Melaina F.
(thanks to Jonathan K.)
Nicholas S.
Nicholas B.
Noel P.
Olivia G.
Peyton K.
(thanks to Jonathan K.)
Pierce J.
(thanks to Haley V.)
Purseus M.
Remy K.
Riley G.
Riley P.
Riley S.
Ryan O.
(thanks to Kamryn T.)
Sage L.
Stephannie W.
Susan N.
Sydnie B.
Tia S.
Vivienne C.
(thanks to Chris M.)
William G.
(thanks to James P.)
Zachary S.
Zachary M.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Jackson loves his lessons so far! He really likes his instructor, Ms. Layla and how easy going and laid back she is. He also enjoys that Layla is interested in teaching him songs that he wants to learn.”

~Nieto Family

“We are very happy with the voice lessons and love our teacher, Mrs. Katarina. Shriya has been even more excited since adding piano lessons!”

~Gogineni Family