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1111 Village Walk Rd
105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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May 2017 Newsletter

Articles include, "Join us for a Summer of Music, Dance, & Fun!", Want to win the latest 128 GB iPad?, Student of the Month - Gracie Silva, Student News, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy May Birthdays, and more!"...

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Join us for a Summer of Music, Dance, & Fun!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

The smell of Summer is in the air, and there was no mistaking it two weekends ago at our annual Faculty/Staff BBQ and crawfish boil. It was a great time to relax with our awesome teachers, staff, and their families as we celebrate all that they bring to us and our students here at the Academy. Director, Ryan Cullen, whipped up the hot dogs and burgers and music was provided by Josh Theriot, Richard Christian, Bridget Corrigan, Jake, Isabella, and Benjamin. Special thanks to Mr. Kevin (Mrs. Robin's husband) for making all of the balloon toys for the kids (additional photos on our Facebook page)!

With Summer being just around the corner, we’re entering our busiest time of the year here at LAAPA!

This June, we will have several long time students who are graduating seniors putting on a Senior Recital on June 10 - 3:00 PM at LAAPA’s Performance Hall - 2020 Dickory Ave. in Harahan.

Our Spring concerts and recitals will also be held in June, and we can’t wait to see everyone performing on the big stage! Remember to order your tickets ahead of time to avoid delays at the gate!

The Summer is also an excellent and popular time for new students to get started in music and dance lessons here at LAAPA!

Ah, you know what I mean parents - now that the kids are home most of the day, they’ve got extra time on their hands - and energy! Now that school is out, do your kids follow you around the house each day asking you, “What can I do?”, “What can I do now?”, “I’m bored.”?

How about getting them involved in a music or dance program guaranteed to enrich their summer and creative spirits! Whether you’re interested in our July summer camps or weekly private lessons - we have a program for you!

If your kids enjoy spontaneously bursting out into song and dance - consider our vocal, dance, and/or musical theatre programs!

Do you wake up each morning to the joyful sounds of your son or daughter endlessly pounding away at random notes on the piano? Let us show them how to make beautiful music in your home this summer! Is your child driving you crazy beating on the kitchen pots and pans? How about drum lessons instead? Guaranteed to put all of that energy to good use! We can also recommend some excellent silent drum sets like we have at our schools for a peaceful and happy home!

Already taking a program with LAAPA? The summer is an excellent time to add a program or increase your weekly lesson time. And don’t forget that this July we will be holding three exciting weeks of summer music and dance camps held at our Mandeville School of Music and River Ridge School of Music & Dance. These camps are especially wonderful for exploring new programs of interest for beginning and current students.

Speaking of our summer camps, each year I often find myself thinking back thirty years ago when I was a student enrolled in camp. My favorite part was snack time (I’d be lying if I said otherwise), but being able to learn about and try so many different instruments and being able to perform with other students on a daily basis was really a great time in my life. And I know that my mother enjoyed having some peace at home for a little while each day!

Whatever you do this summer - don’t just sit around - be creative and enjoy doing something new and fun! I hope to see everyone this June at our main events of the year.

- Ryan Cullen, Director

Summer Music & Dance Camp

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

If you need something fun, new, and exciting to do this July, 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.


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

Mandeville School of Music student, Cindy Van Duyne, has released her debut CD entitled, “Coming Home.” It may be previewed and purchased here at https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cindyvanduyne. Cindy takes voice lessons with Mrs. Carolyn.
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mandeville School of Music student, Madeline Wray was selected as student of the month at Mandeville Middle School for January. She takes piano lessons with Ms. Bethany.
River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Emma Mathes (9th grade/pictured right) from Chapelle High School received a Superior rating on her solo at the Solo and Small Ensemble Festival! Emma takes voice lessons with Ms. Kadi.
Adelyn is a future guitar lessons student at the Mandeville School of Music
Mandeville and Covington School of Music students Jamie Planchard (vocals), James Plaisance (alto sax), and Alex Maassen (trombone) and former student, Brian Forrest III (drums) performed with the Fontainebleau High Jazz Ensemble at Loyola’s Jazz Fest. Here is a video submitted to us we’d like to share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm4pzvPc2Hc&sns=em.

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 May Birthdays!

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

(Students) Aaliyah R. (15), Abby G. (11), Adam S. (7), Adrian M. (4), Alton D., Amani N. (3), Annie F. (14), Annie I. (11), Anthony C. (9), April L. (17), Arianna A. (14), Ashley H., Asiah H. (7), Aubrey R., Avery W. (4), Bella A. (6), Ben S. (13), Bill B., Brady D. (9), Bryce F. (7), Cathy L., Charlie M. (6), Chloe C. (9), Cody C. (13), Daryl L., Davis H. (8), Destiny M. (16), Eli F. (11), Eli V. (7), Emily N. (16), Emma G. (14), Emma O. (7), Evan M. (12), Gabrielle G. (8), Gilberto C. (15), Gloria C. (6), Grace D. (17), Harmony S. (4), Isabella E. (9), Jaelyn J. (10), Jessica G., Johnny N. (10), Jonathan K. (10), Joseph H. (13), Kaiden F. (3), Kamryn T. (8), Katie A., Kiersten C. (7), Larson G. (8), Leana K. (6), Liliana G. (13), Lilly M. (9), Lily F. (12), Logan S. (9), Lorissa G. (16), Maggie M. (14), Maia S. (14), Marian J. (6), Marlie M. (3), Mary Helen S. (10), Matthew B. (6), Max A. (14), Meghan S., Mia M. (8), Myles B. (9), Nenitha T. (6), Nicholas V. (9), Noah C. (13), Paloma P. (11), Rachel H. (13), Rayne H. (14), Riley S. (10), Ryan S., Sameen H. (12), Sharla A. (4), Summer L. (5), Sydni G. (8), Sy’nia P. (5), Timothy S. (11), Tina B., Tori Y. (17), West D. (9), Zachary S. (8)

(Faculty) Diane D., Kathleen M., Katarina B., Rossi D., Elaine F., Peter H.

Lagniappe Lesson Video Series

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. Kadi on "Understanding Chord Progressions."


Music & Dance Lessons for All Ages

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
Summer lessons, programs, and camps are starting NOW!

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:

May 29 - OPEN for classes!


June 16-17
Spring Music Concerts
See last month’s news for details.

June 24-25
Spring Music & Dance Concerts
See last month’s news for details.

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 - Gracie Silva

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Gracie Silva takes voice lessons and dance 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 your lessons here at LAAPA.

“They’re amazing! I’ve been taking voice for 4 years mostly with Mrs. Jessica, and I’ve been taking Tap class with Mrs. Mary for just about three weeks. Both lessons are a lot of fun!”

That’s great that you’ve been committed to the voice lessons so long! What kinds of things do you work on with Mrs. Jessica?

“She has really helped me to improve my skill and to reach my goals. She knows what I can do, but she can always get more out of me and wants me to keep improving. She knows my limits and always pushes me past them. When I have auditions, we usually work on a song that’s belt-ier, like an upbeat song from a musical or a powerful ballad…whatever the audition calls for. Mrs. Jessica worked with me on “Good Girl Winnie Foster” for Tuck Everlasting and “On Your Way Home” from James and the Giant Peach for a couple auditions I just did for a summer show and a Broadway training program in New York…and I got into both! Recently, Mrs. Jessica has been teaching me some more classical technique to help me work on my vibrato, for example…we’re working on “Time to Say Goodbye” and “The Hills Are Alive”. She wants to teach me a little bit of everything so I can learn about singing in different genres. Mrs. Jessica can do it all; she is amazing!”

It sounds like you’ve got a very exciting summer planned.

“Yes! I’ll get to go to Broadway Workshop and Broadway Artists Alliance programs in New York! It’s 2 weeks of training workshops; I’ll mostly focus on voice since that’s the major I chose, but I’ll get training in dancing and acting as well. Also, I’ll play the part of Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun on the mainstage with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre*! I wouldn’t be where I am going to New York this summer and doing all these shows without the training I’ve gotten here, and I’m so grateful.”

Why do you love music and dance?

“It makes me happy. Music, dance, and acting are ways of expressing yourself. You can use your imagination and creativity when you’re acting…you get to be somebody else. And when you dance and sing, you really get to shine. I love all the performing arts!”

Here’s where you can catch Gracie’s upcoming performances!

Gracie Silva is set to take the Main Stage at Tulane’s Summer Lyric and spend the summer studying in New York City. First up, Nellie Oakley, one of Annie Oakley’s siblings, in Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” directed by Diane Lala at Tulane’s Summer Lyric June 22-25, 2017. Tickets are on sale now by calling 504-865-5269. In July, Gracie will attend the Children’s Musical Theater Festival (CMTF) in New York City. CMTF is a nine-day by audition only, performance based theater program for students ages 9-18. CMTF provides a unique opportunity for aspiring young actors to be part of pilot productions of new works by up-and-coming musical theater writers, or new student versions of established musicals. Cast members come from throughout the United States, and Gracie was 1 of 29 students selected from the audition process. Also in July, Gracie will attend Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City. BAA provides professional level training in the musical theatre arts for promising young artists, and is designed to develop the triple threat performer. Acceptance into the program is by audition/application only.

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

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

Aeva P.
Blake M.
Callum O.
Cayden D.
Chevy C.
Daphne H.
Daryl L.
David C.
Dylan S.
Emma G.
(thanks to Jamie P.)
Ella W.
Gabriele B.
Gavin M.
Gianna P.
(thanks to Huy T.)
Gigi M.
Gunner K.
Hollis B.
Isabella C.
Logann L.
Lydia E.
Marlie M.
Nate S.
Naturelle B.
Saige P.
Sierra F.
Jacob C.
(thanks to Charlotte T.)
Joshua C.
(thanks to Charlotte T.)
Julia C.
Killian S.
Leeland P.
Liam M.
Lina R.
Linus K.
Logan T.
Marian J.
Mason B.
Miles K.
Nilaja W.
Oliver K.
Oliver W.
Paisley M.
Samantha J.
Shea M.
Silas M.
Ryan S.
Wesley A.
William H.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“From day one Hunter has been so excited getting to know Mr. Richard and Saturday mornings can’t get here fast enough. Just so everyone knows, every Saturday morning Hunter gets up 6:30-6:45 and the first thing he does is turn on Lynyrd Skynyrd (very fortissimo)!! What used to be “quiet coffee mornings” has turned into “Let’s get pumped up before music class”!! Nevertheless, Rick and I want to say Thank you for being Hunter’s teacher, for being patient and showing Hunter the love of music and singing.”

~Rick & Karla Sterner