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2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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July 2017 Newsletter

Articles include, "Tears of Joy - Reflections on Student Accomplishments", Want to win the latest 128 GB iPad?, Student of the Month - Evelyn Ory, Student & Faculty News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy July Birthdays, and more!"...

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Tears of Joy - Reflections on Student Accomplishments

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Dear Students and Parents,

I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff for 12 outstanding music and dance concerts held the past two weekends in June. Watching you all use your talents and grow in your skills is truly the greatest part of my job here. It’s why I don’t mind lugging amps, camera equipment, a full drum set and hardware up and down a flight of stairs or watching nearly 500 performances within a span of 52 hours!

Just as the growth of a child is more apparent to those who see him/her less frequently, we as educators and parents need to stop sometimes and absorb all that has taken place! Just the other day I was watching some old videos of my students on our Facebook page (@laapaface) and will admit that perhaps a tear or two of joy popped up when I realized how far they had truly come. I’m fairly certain that all of our faculty can share a similar story because as educators, we are always proud of what our students have accomplished and just when we think that we couldn’t be prouder, they top themselves again and again. Having personally watched thousands of performances over the years, seeing the evolution over the span of months and years is phenomenal. This is all because you and our amazing faculty members have worked hard to make it happen!

While we’re talking about lasting memories, video and photo orders are now being filled! If you’d like to order a high definition video of your performance, just email us to let us know the student’s name! You can see some recent videos on our youtube channel at http://youtube.com/laapatube. Wally Porter also snapped thousands of AWESOME LIVE ACTION photos and he has posted photos to browse and purchase on his website at http://wallyporter.photoreflect.com.

So let’s summarize a few things that took place at our 2017 Spring Concerts!

1.) Our students have just built a great deal of self-confidence by performing on stage!

I always like to compare performing on stage with public speaking. Public speaking is many times feared more by most adults than almost anything else! With our student performers, we need to additionally recognize your courage and success because in most cases, you were not only “speaking publicly” through your performances, but you were doing so while still “learning how to speak” through the art of music and dance in your lessons! Wow! One can only imagine what you will continue to achieve with a growing sense of self-confidence.

2.) Our students have truly learned the importance of meeting deadlines.

No matter what you do in life, you’re going to be required to accomplish things by a certain date. All of our students knew when they needed to be ready for the recitals. There was no option to delay their performances. There was no option to perform without anyone hearing or seeing you. It took a great deal of commitment, sacrifice, and hard work in your studies and practice for you to succeed in meeting the deadline. So, congratulations on succeeding in this very important area!

3.) Our students have inspired many others in the audience who witnessed their talent.

Performing for any group of people is an emotional experience not only for our student performers but also for the audience as well. Audience members will appreciate the performance, but one never knows who in the audience will additionally be inspired to perhaps try a new program or work harder at one they are already studying. Indeed, it may have been your performance that convinced someone else to think, “Hey, that was awesome, maybe I CAN do something like that, and wouldn’t it be wonderful if next time that was me up there?!”

Remember that while all of our concerts are completely optional in terms of participation, they really are an integral part of music and dance education - so if you weren’t ready this time, be on the lookout for the next ones!

Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

Last Chance to Join Us for
Summer Music & Dance Camp

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

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!

For more information or to reserve your spot call today or visit http://www.laapa.com/camp.


Want to win the latest 128 GB iPad?

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

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 NEXT DRAWING for a NEW 128 GB iPad!

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 August 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

Covington School of Music student, Timmy Hunter, was selected for the West St. Tammany Middle School Honor Band in February. He takes piano lessons with Mrs. Autumn.
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mandeville School of Music student, Megan Armand, was recently a part of the District 9 Honor Choir. She takes voice lessons with Mrs. Carolyn.
River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Noora Abirafeh, participated in her school talent show in May. She attends St. Martin Episcopal. She takes piano, voice, and hip hop lessons with Ms. Kathleen, and Mrs. Mary.
Please join us in congratulating the Wallace family (Mrs. Robin, administrative manager) on the birth of their son, Christian Lowell (pictured 1st below) on 5.8.17, as well as the Dibenedetto family (Mr. Rossi, instructor of brass/winds/percussion) on the birth of his daughter, Sophia Grace (pictured second below) on 6.26.17.
Adelyn is a future guitar lessons student at the Mandeville School of Music
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 July Birthdays!

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

(Students) Abby N. (11), Aiden P. (10), Alexandra J. (18), Alexis N. (8), Aliana A. (6), Amari R. (5), Amber L. (15), Angelina W. (8), Annastacia B. (15), Asa Z. (9), Ashley V., Avery T. (7), Calliana D. (12), Chloe C. (6), Christopher K., Christopher T. (9), Christy H. (11), Claire S. (9), Claudia D., Cy T. (10), David H. (10), Denae M. (9), Devin I. (10), Dylan E. (8), Edir G., Elba M. (8), Ethan C. (9), Ethan R. (3), Frank T., Gabby R. (11), Gabriel F. (7), Gavin M. (10), Genesis P. (10), George G. Jr. (8), Gerardo E. (7), Gina R., Gracyn D. (11), Hamsika G. (6), Hannah P. (11), Harley Rose S. (5), Huy T. (6), Isaac R. (7), Isabella L. (13), Jackson K. (7), Jason O. (4), Jason R. Jr. (4), Jennifer Q. (8), Jesurun S. (16), Jordan P. (9), Joseline C. (7), Joshua C. (3), Julia B. (5), Kai J. (10), Kaiya H. (9), Kate B. (8), Kate P. (16), Katelyn C. (16), Krista P. (9), Kyla A. (9), Kyle H., Landon P. (10), Laysha G. (7), Le Yan H. (13), Liam V. (8), Lily A. (11), Linda T., Logan R. (9), Lucille C. (3), Luke M. (9), Lydia D. (3), Lyla F. (8), Madeline M. (17), Marie C. (13), Marietta H., Mary Grace M. (16), Mason P. (7), Melody G., Meredith A. (11), Miya D. (16), Nadia H. (12), Natalie L. (13), Nate M. (9), Nathaniel C. (9), Oliver G. (10), Olivia R. (6), Pamela K., Payton R. (8), RJ H., Remy M. (9), Samantha J. (11), Sankera B. (8), Sierra F. (7), Silas W. (5), Tasneem B. (13), Tia S. (9), Trey K. (10), Trey W. (7), Tyler C. (11), William T. (4), Wyatt I. (12), Zoë B. (6)

(Faculty) Anna K., Candice M., Carolyn R., Mirka J., Robin W., Jeannette P., Shannon W., Maria M.

Lagniappe Lesson Video Series - Beginning Fiddle Lessons

Looking for some extra lessons every now and then? Maybe you just need a few "how to get started" lessons in various instruments?

Check out our brand new Lessons and Tutorials website which features a compilation of all of our video lessons over the past few years. You're bound to find something helpful and interesting! This month, we'd like to feature the video below from Ms. Bridget on "Beginning Fiddle Lessons."


Music & Dance Lessons for All Ages

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
It's Not Too Late to get started in Summer lessons, programs, and camps!

Make this the summer you learn to PLAY, DANCE, or SING!

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!


Important Dates:

July 3-7
Summer Break.

July 10-28
Summer Music & Dance Camps at the Mandeville and River Ridge campuses

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 - Evelyn Ory

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music student, Evelyn Ory takes piano 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!

What program are you taking and who is your teacher?
“I take voice and piano lessons with Mrs. Bethany Crawford.”

How long have you been taking lessons with us?
I’ve been studying 4 years for voice, and 2 years for piano.”

What kind of music do you listen to?
“Billy Joel is my favorite!”

What is your favorite part of the lesson each week?
“I like it when I get to play songs that I know!”

What do you enjoy practicing each week?
“I love practicing the song, ‘Numb’ by Linkin Park.”

What are your other interests/hobbies?
“I like crafts and reading.”

(Mary - Parent) What made you choose LAAPA?
“We did a Google search and Laapa had great reviews.”

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

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

Amelia T.
Arianne S.
(thanks to Sadie G.),
Arieana D.
Arivan S.
Arvin P.
Ashley V.
Aubrey D.
Ayah E.
Brighley R.
Charlie E.
Colin B.
Danielle S.
Dillan W.
Dylan S.
Eden J.
Acharee A.
Eleanor B.
Eli B.
(thanks to Carmen V. & Gabrielle B.)
Ella B.
Emily J.
Emma D.
Ethan C.
Ethan R.
Gabriel F.
Gavin M.
Genesis P.
Grant P.
Henry C.
Jacob J.
Jamie H.
Jeremy H.
Jeserun S.
Joseph S.
Joshua B.
Jude B.
Kahlan D.
Lailah D.
Liam C.
Lydia N.
Maddie B.
Madison S.
Manisha P.
Matthew P.
Maya M.
Megan S.
Molly B.
Myles T.
Nathan C.
Nathan P.
Nick P.
Noah M.
Parker St. P.
Pedro M.
Percy W. III
Samir P.
Seth F.
(thanks to Patrick & Victoria D.)
Sophia P.
Seth M.
Sutter B.
(thanks to Zachary M.)
Taylor L.
Vayda B.
Yvonne S.
(thanks to Sadie G.)

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Lucia LOVES her piano lessons with Ms. Maria. She is so excited all the time and talks about her lessons and how much fun she has. Her 5 year old sister got excited and now she takes lessons with Mrs. Jennifer!”

~ Jouandot Family

“Corbin loves his drum lessons with Mr. Bill. He has a lot of fun.”

~ Guckenburg family