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(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 2017 Newsletter

Articles include, "Giving Thanks for Everyone at LAAPA!", Student of the Month - Brynn Laughlin, Will You Win a $400 Best Buy Card?, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy December Birthdays, and more!"...

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Help us Support the Poorest of the Poor this Christmas!

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. For more information on how you can help, please visit http://www.laapa.com/mission. We will be accepting donations at our music concerts held on Dec. 9 and 16-17. 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.

Giving Thanks for Everyone at LAAPA!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

As if the years don’t go by quickly enough - I knew we were getting close before Halloween this year when I noticed the Christmas decor out in Home Depot before Halloween and Thanksgiving! It’s crazy how the time flies, but the end of the year always reminds me to reflect on the awesome community that we are so blessed to have here at LAAPA.

Thanks 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. In fact, I was just writing a college recommendation letter for one of our long time (11 year) outstanding students last week, and it’s just amazing to think back to her start with us so long ago now. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but 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!

Thanks also to our hard working staff and faculty. They are all some of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet and work with. Our staff work countless hours behind the scenes keeping everything organized and running smoothly for which we are grateful every day. It takes very special people to administer our three campuses as they constantly have to multi task between customer service and a variety of projects. Our faculty are some of the most qualified educators in the New Orleans, Mandeville, and Covington areas. We receive hundreds of applications each year from prospective educators, and while many are excellent performers or may be qualified, not everyone has the unique ability to communicate their experience and methods in a variety of intelligible and personable ways as our faculty do. So thank you so much faculty, we appreciate all that you do for us.

Indeed, it is because of our students, parents, faculty, and staff that we are able to fulfill our mission here at LAAPA of spreading the joy of music and dance within our community.

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 13 shows jam packed with over 500 performers!

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 9 at Victory Fellowship in Metairie. Our Dance Recital will be held on Saturday, December 16 at Loyola University’s Roussell Hall - 7 PM.

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

Each December at our music concerts, we 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, Academy Director

Give the Gift of Music & Dance this Holiday Season!

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!


Will You Win our Next Referral Contest? Brianna and Ryan went shopping for the perfect prize - watch below to see what they picked out this time around!


Student News

Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance

Pictured above and below are students from the Covington, Mandeville, and River Ridge campuses who came together to spread Holiday Cheer on Sunday, November 26. LAAPA’s vocal students performed Christmas Carols for Northshore Parent Magazine’s “Holiday Tea” held at the Maison Lafitte in Mandeville. The following students performed under the choral direction of Ms. Britta Tollefsrud: Remy Key, Allie-Grace Greene, Lolo Loris, Colette Bergeron, Mia Tillman, Brynn Hambacher, Catherine Mayo and Sameen Hossain, Lucy Cullen, Remi Cerise, Mary Dickens, Thomas McLaughlin, Arden Hales, Patrick Cullen, Amelie Bent, Marie Cullen, and Hannah Fowler.

Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mandeville School of Music & Dance students, Jamie Planchard (voice), and James Plaisance (saxophone), were selected as performers in the Louisiana Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Ensemble.
Congratulations to Mr. Joshua Stearman, LAAPA instructor of winds, brass, and percussion. He won the young educator award at the recent Louisiana Music Educator’s Association conference.
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance

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 December Birthdays!

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

Students: Abigail C. (14), Alison M. (adult), Anna C. (12), Arivan S. (6), Arjun S. (1), Ava M. (7), Bella B. (adult), Ben W. (17), Brady S. (10), Brayan C. (13), Brenda S. (adult), Brighton R. (4), Carrietta Y. (10), Charles A. (adult), Charlotte T. (6), Cheryl E. (adult), Chloe B. (12), Clay S. (9), Danielle S. (16), David R. (10), Derrick M. (6), Diego O. (4), Donna B. (adult), Emily R. (13), Eric Y. (13), Ethan C. (7), Eviana R. (7), Finley T. (8), Gabrielle S. (14), George B. (adult), Haley H. (17), Hannah C. (9), Harper W. (7), Hudson H. (10), Jace R. (8), Jack B. (2), Jaden B. (11), Jake G. (17), Jamie P. (adult), Jayla D. (13), Joshua T. (9), Joshua P. (13), Jude G. (4), Kaitlyn L. (16), Keren N. (3), Khalil E. (13), Kimea C. (5), Landon B. (10), Linus K. (10), Logan T. (11), Lucille T. (3), Luis L. (15), Melody D. (9), Mia R. (6), Michael T. (12), Michael C. (12), Miles K. (10), Nathaniel A. (2), Nhi T. (adult), Nick V. (8), Nilaja W. (10), Nora A. (4), Oliver K. (10), Patrick H. (15), Raymond J. (15), Reagan H. (10), Reginald J. (11), Remy K. (9), Sanjana S. (15), Sean S. (11), Sofia E. (11), Thomas H. (4), Trace P. (14), Victoria M. (17), William C. (13), Yousef F. (8)

Faculty: Mary Dee B., Dr. Kari B., Cassie W., Kate W., Dr. Vera Z.

The Importance of Music (Student Interviews)

This month, we'd like to share a quick video featuring students Faith and Emma on what music means to them.


Important Dates:

December 9, 16-17
Christmas Productions

December 22-January 4
Christmas / New Year Holidays

Music & Dance Artwork

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 - Brynn Laughlin

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Covington School of Music student, Brynn Laughlin takes piano lessons and voice lessons 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:
I am 9, I’m in the 4th grade, I like to play piano and sing, and my favorite color is teal!

What do you like about your teacher and lessons?
She’s very nice. When I don’t get something, she slows things down, so it helps a lot. I like my lessons because we get to work on a lot of different things. If we finish up on a piece I am about to perform on a recital, we will move on to another song for fun.

What are your non-music hobbies?
I also dance!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a doctor, or a musician.

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!

Aisling O’K.
Anna S.
Arianne S.
(thanks to the Gulle family)
Arjun S.
(thanks to the Campo family)
Arvindkumar A.
Becky S.
Bo B.
Brailynn B.
Brooklynn B.
Cayden C.
Colby K.
Destiny G.
Devin R.
Devin B.
Ellen M.
Ethan T.
Grayson G.
Heather H.
Hendrix R.
Isaac S.
(thanks to Edir G.)
Jack F.
(thanks to the Kemp family)
Jacob C.
Jasmine R.
John Daniel H.
Jude A.
(thanks to Mary S.)
Kameron J.
Katelyn P.
Ken G.
Kennedy M.
Keren N.
Kiersten C.
Lali L.
Leah P.
Lily P.
(thanks to Sophia H.)
London L.
(thanks to Jared C.)
Marilyn A.
Max C.
Mia T.
Olivia C.
Phoenix C.
Ryan T.
(thanks to the Albert family)
Samantha J.
Serenity R.
Seth F.
(thanks to the Darrah family)
Shanmugavel T.
(thanks to the Dandharphle family)
Soma N.
Sophia M.
(thanks to the Silva family)
Svaraathmika B.
Tony D.
Vinod A.
(thanks to the Thanigavel family)
Vinoth M.
Vivien I.
Vy L.
Zoie E.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Tucker loves his piano lessons and says Mr. Russell is so fun!”

~ Schibler Family

“I’d like to give a shout out to my teacher, Kadi Helms, River Ridge. Kadi has instilled in me that age has nothing to do with my mastering the art of piano. I am 73 years young, and Kadi challenges me to play a more difficult song each time I start a new piano piece. Since I played piano when I was a teenager, I had a strong desire to play again. My Son, Michael purchased me lessons almost two years ago as a Christmas present. Not desiring to disappoint him, or me, I started at River Ridge. Kadi has been my inspiration to continue my love of piano. Since I am a Teacher of Art on canvas, Commercial Artist, teach through the St. Charles School System, and Director, Sec, and Treasurer of Pirate Lake Oil Corporation, I did not start piano lessons through boredom. I started because of my belief that no matter what your age, you can keep on learning.”

~ Joan Landeche