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105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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March 2017 Newsletter

Articles include, "Getting the Most out of Your Lessons at LAAPA!", Win a Recording Studio, New Lessons and Tutorials Page, Student News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy March Birthdays, and more!"...

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Getting the Most out of Your Lessons at LAAPA!

Dear Parents and Students,

We hope you had a fantastic Mardi Gras break and we’re excited to get back into the groove! There’s always alot going on here with music and dance programs, events, and activities, so we wanted to take a moment to ensure that you were aware of everything currently available to you as students and parents!


All music and dance students at LAAPA have access to digital copies of their progress! Your teacher is able to send (via email) each week’s lesson notes including audio, video, and sheet music examples. Each time your teacher posts a new lesson, you will receive an email prompting you to login and view the lesson.

***IMPORTANT*** 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, just click the “forgot password” link on the login page! 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!


We have a brand new page on our website dedicated to our “Lagniappe Lesson” video series that features short music lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, music theory, and more. Just to give you an idea - two of the topics include, “Practicing: The Path to Musical Success” and “How to Read Standard Music Notation.” We are regularly adding brand new videos from our faculty members! Take a look at what is available to you at http://www.laapa.com/lessons-and-tutorials. Have a suggestion or request for a certain video topic? Would you like to see your teacher featured in a Lagniappe lesson? Email your request to us here!


Are you a member of our VIP Student Success Club? The clubs are available in 3 tiers including Gold, Diamond, and Platinum and include discounts on books, retail, complimentary annual LAAPA membership, tickets to concerts, membership in our Student Success Club Facebook Group (where you can interact with our senior faculty members and other students 7 days a week)! Learn more at the front desk!


Information and sign-up forms for our Spring Recitals & Awards Ceremony is now online for dance students and will be available for music students soon at http://www.laapa.com/current-students! All students are invited to participate - even if you’re brand new to music or dance as of today - by the time the performances roll around, you will be ready to get on stage if you are willing to put some practice in!

Finally, we look forward to some great LAAPAFEST performances this March - GOOD LUCK ALL!


New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

It’s hard to believe, but Summer will be here before you know it! If you need something fun, new, and exciting to do this summer, then consider Summer Music & Dance Camps at LAAPA! Our summer camps provide campers ages 5-16 with a choice of over 40 instrumental, vocal, and dance programs to discover and explore. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced students will have a blast!

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


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

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Lindsey Sommers, participated in the LMEA Solo and Small Ensemble Assessment and scored a Superior Rating in both solo and trip performances. She takes voice and guitar lessons at LAAPA.
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mandeville School of Music student, Michael Austin Verges, will be playing The Wolf in Archbishop Hannan High School’s production of “Into the Woods” this spring. He takes piano and voice lessons at LAAPA.
River Ridge School of Music & Dance piano lessons student, Kyla Apostalakis, earned and saved 30 tickets for her outstanding lessons. She used the tickets to get a new LAAPA tote bag! Congrats Kyla!
Adelyn is a future guitar lessons student at the Mandeville School of Music
Mandeville School of Music student, Sofia Even, recently auditioned for the Spring talent show at Mandeville Middle school. She takes piano lessons with Ms. Bethany.
Covington School of Music student, Grace Schneider, is in her debut musical theater role in the cast of Good Man Charlie Brown at Fontainebleau High. She takes voice lessons with Mrs. Carolyn.
Mandeville School of Music student, Jamie Planchard, is now part of a local jazz band as the featured vocalist. She is also now the featured vocalist for the Fontainebleau High Jazz Band that is nationally ranked.

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) Aidan F (10), Aishwarya N., Allie-Grace G. (9), Amelie G. (12), Andre M. (7), Andres G. (9), Angelina M. (15), Anh T. (7), Anson P. (10), Ashleigh H. (12), Asli T. (12), Aubrey W. (9), Austin K. (8), Avery B. (11), Bailey H. (12), Blaise M. (5), Bob W., Brandon W. (13), Breanna N. (14), Brianna D. (10), Bryce L. (7), Bryce R. (10), Cadence P. (6), Caitlin B. (10), Caleb D. (4), Calvin H., Carlos R., Celeste N., Charisma H. (7), Clara R. (16), Cooper R. (7), Didier G. (7), Dondria H., Drew G. (8), Dylan D. (15), Elizaveta D. (6), Ella R. (9), Emma S. (10), Emma M. (14), Ethan R. (13), Evangeline T. (3), Fraelle Mhae B. (13), Gabriel M. (11), Grant S. (11), Hue T. (7), Izabella L. (11), James R. (5), James P., Jannah B. (10), Jayme Y. (9), Jessie J. (13), John C., John G. (8), Julia S. (6), Kacey C. (10), Kaden F. (9), Karla C., Karli W. (17), Karter W. (4), Kelliana H. (16), Laney T. (16), Lauren G. (11), Leo F. (11), Liam H. (7), Lindsay A. (12), Lisette G. (12), Liz M., Maddie N. (6), Marelin C. (8), Marissa D. (10), Max F. (8), Michael S. (14), Michael E. (10), Mickey W. (4), Noel P. (3), Olivia N. (12), Olivia A. (13), Olivia R. (5), Olivia D. (7), Owen R. (4), Pablo W. (4), Parker P. (3), Phyllis M., Quinn Y. (14), Raegan H. (10) Rakshitha R. (13), Rami I. (7), Regina R. (17), Richard D., Ryleigh B. (9), Sarah M. (16), Sarah C. (15), Sophia M. (7), Stella F. (8), Theran P. (9), Tiffany C. (6), Ursula S., Victoria W. (10), Zoe B. (8)

(Faculty) Hannah S., Christopher T., Elle C.


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 on "Practicing" for voice and piano lessons.



New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Come and see why our 1,300 students can't wait for their lessons each week!

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:

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 - Bailey Hodges

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music student, Bailey Hodges takes guitar 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, who is your teacher?

I was taking clarinet lessons and I liked them so much now I am taking guitar lessons, too! Mr. KC is my teacher. I really like him. He is patient and he makes learning fun.

How long have you been taking lessons with us?

About 3 months of guitar and previously 11 months of clarinet.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Pop music.

What do you enjoy practicing each week?

I like to play “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Now I can play it on the clarinet and the guitar.

What are your other hobbies?

I like to play!!!

What made you choose LAAPA?

Mr. Russ: “We were here years before and we liked it. It’s a very nice environment. We are very pleased.”

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!

Alexander C.
Amelia D.
Andres G.
Anna Claire W.
Annalise Y.
Arjun A.
Ben S.
Brady B.
Breanna B.
Brendan F.
(thanks to Sarah R.)
Bridget S.
(thanks to the Cline family)
Brit S.
(thanks to Alexandra S.)
Brooklynn B.
Caleb D.
Calliana D.
(thanks to Abby P.)
Camilla L.
Carleigh Q.
Casey E.
Charlotte T.
Claire S.
Colin A.
Corey P.
Drew D.
Elizabeth J.
(thanks to Daven J.)
Emmaline P.
Evelyn S.
(thanks to Frank T.)
Gabriel W.
Gabrielle B.
Grace S.
(thanks to Sankera B.)
Grace S.
Hanna J.
Harmony L.
Heather P.
Henry E.
Henry F.
Holly O.
Isabel P.
Jamon K.
Jonah C.
Joseph C.
Keren N.
Kimberly A.
Kyle H.
Kylie R.
Lauren L.
Leana K.
Leeann C.
Logan T.
Luca H.
Lucas E.
Lucia J.
(thanks to Zachary J.)
Maia C.
Mayerli S.
Nathaniel A.
Nina L.
Noelle C.
Payton R.
Richard D.
Shea S.
(thanks to Carolyn R.)
Soma N.
Summer L.
Timothly S.
Vanessa M.
Violet O’B.
(thanks to Leslie C.)
Zoe B.
Zoe L.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Faith loves her clarinet lessons. She wishes Dr. Mark could be her band teacher at school too!”

~Damare Family

“Piano lessons are going very well and Isaac enjoys Ms. Jenny and has made several friends in the group!”

~Rogers Family

“Mia loves the lessons! Loves it, loves it, loves it! She’s having a great time in guitar lessons with Mr. Peter and everyone has been so helpful.”

~Pittman Family