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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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January 2017 Newsletter

Articles include, "Congrats to our Recital Performers and Happy New Year!", Win a Recording Studio, Student News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy January Birthdays, and more!"...

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Congrats to our Recital Performers and Happy New Year!!

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

Dear Parents and Students - Happy New Year!

As we begin this New Year, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate and thank all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff once again for 12 outstanding Christmas Concerts. From the planning and organization to the quality of the performances, I thought that they were excellent productions and here now are four of my many thoughts on this year’s performances:

1.) The programs were incredibly diverse! In addition to the solo performances by our music students (piano, voice, violin, guitar, drums, bass, clarinet, flute, trumpet, saxophone, and more!) we also had our preschool music classes perform and so many exciting duet, trio, quartet, and ensemble performances. Our dancers at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance were absolutely fantastic!

2.) So many of our students have been performing with us year after year. It’s easy for me to remember some of their first performances when they were brand new beginners and perhaps a little more nervous than they are today! I’m always excited to see and/or hear what they’ve been working on. Every year I see them perform, they continue to improve and gain self confidence. I can’t really think of anything more rewarding to me here at LAAPA than being able to watch our students grow in their skills and love of music and dance.

3.) I wanted to share an excerpt from a note that I sent to our faculty following our concerts which I feel highlights our mission beyond providing the best music and dance training here in New Orleans: “Faculty - thank all of you so much for everything and just being there for your students and taking the time to care about them and their success. Whether or not they had an incredible performance or hit a few clunkers is not always the most important thing. What really matters is how they have grown as people as the result of their training and having you in their lives. What have they gained and how are they stronger?...”

4.) This year you, the LAAPA Community, were so generous with donations to the Teresian Sisters and the Batesville Mission in Batesville, Texas. Not only did we fill over 80 contractor bags full of gifts, but we also raised close to $5,000 in cash donations! Up from $2,000 last year! Sister Angeles and all of the Teresian sisters were so grateful and excited for all the families that they will be able to minister to this year because of your generosity and support! Wanda Cullen, Assistant Director, visited the Sisters at their main provincilate in Covington on New Year’s Eve and uploaded a video showing all of the donations and how they process them to our facebook page, so check it out when you can!

So thanks so much for an awesome 2016, and here’s to an even better 2017! LAAPAFEST, our annual music festival will be here before you know it. More on that next edition!

Happy New Year,
Ryan Cullen, Academy Director


New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Have FUN this New Year with Music and Dance Lessons!

Did Santa bring an instrument to your house this Holiday?

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 39 years and would love to do the same for you.

It's Easy to Get Started - 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 enroll online via the red button below!


Will You Win a Home Recording Studio?

Win a Home Recording Studio at LAAPA in New Orleans, Mandeville, and Covington Louisiana

Congratulations to River Ridge School of Music & Dance piano lessons student, Zachary DiBenedetto for winning the Jamstick + in our December drawing! Zachary was chosen at random from all of our students who referred new students to LAAPA over the past quarter.

Would you like to win something new and cool? Do you love your music lessons or dance classes at LAAPA? Then tell everyone about your lessons at LAAPA!

Over the next few months -

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 April 1 for a brand new Home Recording Studio featuring $500 worth of professional studio quality gear.

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, 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

Mandeville School of Music voice lessons student, Kaitlann Runnels recently performed at the Byram Swinging Bridge festival on the main stage. She takes lessons with Mrs. Katarina.

Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Former River Ridge School of Music and Dance drum lessons student, Zelvin Collins II, has written a new book available on Amazon.com. It’s entitled, “Tyrone’s New Life.”
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mr. Curtis Staples, instructor of guitar, and family recently welcomed Adelyn Staples into the world on Dec. 8th!
Adelyn is a future guitar lessons student at the Mandeville School of Music
Mrs. Katarina Boudreaux, voice/piano faculty, and her husband welcomed Kuillin James Osborn into the world on December 16!
Adelyn is a future guitar lessons student 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.

Happy January Birthdays!

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

(Students) Abby W. (17), Aidan O’C. (10), Akshara M. (9), Alejandro R., Alicia R. (7), Alyse K. (3), Alyssa S. (15), Amelia S. (9), Andrew B., Angelle A., Armani G. (6), Artemas P. (2), Ashlyn P. (7), Averie D. (17), Blaze C. (11), Brandon R. (13), Brayden B. (9), Brooklyn H. (13), Bryan H., Caitlin W. (17), Carmen V. (9), Cecilia V. (10), Chance K. (15), Christian M. (7), Claire H. (8), Colette B. (10), Di’Ayren M. (6), Dominick L. (10), Dominique G., Eleanor S. (9), Elinor F. (7), Emma L. (3), Ethan H. (12), Ethan T. (8), Evelyn O. (11), Gabriella K. (15), Gabrielle S. (9), Genevieve N. (7), George S. (1), Hannah S. (10), Holly S. (8), Hudson M. (10), Hudson M. (7), Isabel R. (17), Jace D. (2), Jack H. (9), Jackie H., Jacob L. (14), Jaiden D. (7), James P. (15), Jean Paul C. (7),
Joan L., John K. (6), John F. (6), Jude S. (10), Juliet D. (9), KC N. (17), Kylie W. (11), Luna A. (4), Lyric H. (8), Madison H. (7), Madison L. (8), Margaret P., Mettah M. (5), Mina P. (11), Patrick C. (10), Peyton K. (9), Raylon D. (2), Rylan L. (8), Rylie M. (4), Saishreya G. (12), Sijun Y., Siya P. (5), Sophia H. (10), Teresa C. (13), TJ T. (6), Tony B. (10), Trey N. (16), Victoria D. (9), William B. (3), Xander C. (9), Zachary D. (14), Zayda J. (9)

(Faculty): Ms. Amy G., Mr. Gabriel P., Ms. Meghan S., Mrs. Mary S., Ms. Yvette F.

Important Dates:

March 11, 18, 25

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!

Students of the Month - Rojon Zamin

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

River Ridge School of Music and Dance student, Rojon Zamin takes violin lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with her and learn a little more about her violin lessons and interests!

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

I’ve been taking lessons for about two years.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like anything at all really, I like all kinds of music.

What is your favorite part of the lesson each week?

When Ms. Denise teaches me new songs.

What do you enjoy practicing each week?

I love Persian songs because my grandparents and my mom can sing along when I play.

What are your other hobbies/interests?

I’m very athletic; I like volleyball, tennis, softball, and basketball. I also love to sing, dance and draw on the side.

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

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

Alisa T.
Amani W.
Ann B.
Annabelle W.
Ashley H.
Braden C.
Emily L.
Isla B.
Jaidynn G.
James E.
Jayla D.
Jean B.
Jennifer B.
Jerome L.
John C.
Juliet L.
Kameron A.
Lori H.
Meghan S.
Meredith S.
Monet S.
Nathaniel C.
Olivia C.
Taya S.
Vincent N.
Zoe B.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Drum lessons are going really well for Kyler as are piano lessons for Emma. They are both enjoying them and learning alot!”

~Nicolle S.

“William absolutely loves his preschool music class. He can’t wait every week to come and asks me everyday if it’s Monday yet, because he enjoys it so much. He also loves Mrs. Mary and she’s very patient!”

~Quiana T.