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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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November 2017 Newsletter

Articles include, "Christmas Concerts are Coming-are You Ready?!", Student of the Month - Wesley Hodgson, Will You Win Big in our Next Referral Contest?, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy November Birthdays, and more!"...

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Christmas Concerts are Coming - Are You Ready?!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is coming, and so are our 2017 Christmas Productions! We wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a little more information on what you can expect at our concerts.

Participation in this year’s Christmas Recital is open to all students at LAAPA. It’s quick and easy to Sign-Up as follows:
Music - http://laapa.com/xmas
Dance Show - Registration/Auditions Closed
Sign up by November 13 for guaranteed placement in the concerts!

1.) All music students are invited to perform at the concerts! Even if you just began studying this past September - chances are that you can work with your instructor to perform even a brief piece with the underlying goal of providing you with a positive introduction to the stage!

2.) Our concerts are held in professional auditoriums with full audio / lighting support. Vocalists - you may want to practice holding a pretend microphone in your lessons to simulate your actual on stage performance. If you’d prefer not to hold anything, the other option is leaving the microphone on the stand. Please review Mrs. Carolyn's lesson on good mic technique here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=gFE4AuESRxs

3.) For pianists - you will be performing on a full sized grand piano at the concerts. The piano should feel very similar to our pianos at Laapa. If you require any special sounds (electronic keyboard) - you will need to discuss this with your instructor and possibly bring your keyboard to use at the concert.

4.) For guitarists - we provide a Fender amp (with plenty of optional effects) and a direct connection to the auditorium’s sound system, so there is no need to bring your amplifiers. If you want to dial in some effects, you are welcome to bring a pedal - but please be sure to bring whatever extra patch cables you may need to connect it.

5.) For bass players - we will have a bass amp setup on stage for monitoring.

6.) For drummers - we will have a Yamaha custom acoustic drum set on stage similar to the ones many of you use in your lessons. There is no need to bring any drum equipment (other than your sticks).

7.) All violin, guitar, brass, and woodwind students - please be sure to arrive early to have your instruments tuned by one of the staff members!

8.) Dance students should arrive no later than
30 minutes prior to showtime to review the floorplan with their instructor.

9.) There are no tickets to purchase for our Christmas Music Concerts. In lieu of tickets, we ask for donations to a charity that we’ve been supporting for several years now through the Teresian Sisters. More information on this mission is available at http://laapa.com/mission. Tickets for our Dance Christmas Show are available for purchase a the Front Desk.

10.) When you arrive at the concert, be sure to pick up a program in the auditorium lobby. You may then proceed to the front of the auditorium for pictures with Wally Porter Photography and/or to see one of our staff members who will be seating the students in the order of the program. Seating for parents and guests is all on a first come, first served basis.

11.) Each concert will typically last up to 1 1/2 hours. We recommend that you budget a full 2 hours to be on the safe side. We ask that you be prepared to remain for the full concert. Students who leave early will miss out on our group photographs which get sent to the local newspapers and hung in our schools and published on our website.

We look forward to seeing you all on stage!

There is still time to get Started in Music & Dance Lessons this Fall!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Now that things are calming down with school and various other schedules, it’s the perfect time to give us a call about getting your music and dance lessons scheduled! While the majority of our instructors are at capacity during the most popular times, we have been keeping up with the demand and have hired several new instructors just this past month and they are outstanding educators - you will love your lessons!

We offer the most comprehensive selection of programs under one roof including MUSIC LESSONS in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, electric guitar, banjo, ukulele, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, french horn, preschool music, theory, composition, jazz band, rock band and DANCE CLASSES in ballet, hip-hop, tap, musical theatre, tumbling, parent & tot, and more! 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.


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

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Finley Temple submitted artwork to the “Wild Things Youth Art Competition,” sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. All submissions were featured in an exhibition at the Annual Wild Things event on Oct. 14, 2017 held at the SE Louisiana Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe, La.

Finley won 1st place for her Swallowtail Butterfly in the 5-7 year old painting category. All of Jefferson Parish Public Schools Talented Art Students, including Finley’s winning piece, will be on display at the Audubon Zoo on November 11th. Finley takes voice and piano lessons with Mrs. Jennifer.

Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
River Ridge School of Music & Dance students Kylie McKee and Jaelyn Jarell made it onto their cheerleading squads at their schools.
Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Allie Grace Greene was chosen to perform the lead role of Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde the Musical Jr.” at 30 by Ninety Theatre this summer. She takes voice lessons with Ms. Rebecca and guitar lessons with Mr. Josh.
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 November Birthdays!

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

(Students) Acharee A. (adult), Addison F. (9), Adrian H. (14), Alejandro C. (14), Alex S. (8), Alex G. (14), Alexandra M. (10), Alivia S. (15), Amelia K. (9), Andrea B. (16), Andrew F. (10), Annabelle W. (8), Antoinette P. (adult), Arianne S. (8), Arran C. (8), Asaely C. (13), Aster L. (8), Aubrey T. (12), Aurora H. (6), Benjamin D. (9), Bennett O. (7), Blake M. (13), Bria B. (4), Brian T. (13), Caelan C. (9), Camaria K. (15), Charles N. (7), Claire S. (13), Cristian A. (11), Daniel T. (7), Daniel M. (adult), Davian A. (12), David M. (12), Destiny M. (4), Dianne R. (adult), Elijah A. (3), Erika D. (7), Evelyn S. (9), Faris E. (11), Frankie D. (12), Glori S. (adult), Grace W. (4), Greta G. (7), Henry C. (2), Jace K. (9), Jacob C. (6), Jacques B. (7), Jaidynn G. (11), James E. (7), Jamie P. (17), Jessica C. (adult), John Michael M. (9), Johnathan Z. (12), Joseph D. (10), Kaytlyn B. (15), Kimberly A. (13), Kyle C. (6), Lailah D. (5), Layla B. (9), Liam M. (9), Liberty H. (adult), Luca S. (8), Lucy C. (8), Lydia N. (14), Lyla H. (3), Mallorie C. (6), Mani V. (8), Mantal K. (10), Marriam U. (adult), Mary D. (9), Mary L. (17), Matt C. (adult), Matthew R. (13), Max O. (6), Menley D. (12), Michael S. (adult), Miguel D. (15), Nathan C. (8), Nithya R. (15), Noah A. (10), Penny W. (10), Rayne K. (8), Reece H. (10), Rhys Q. (7), Ryne S. (9), Sarah C. (12), Sarah C. (12), Scout H. (13), Seth C. (8), Shaan P. (5), Shea S. (15), Sienna M. (10), Sydney T. (8), Sydney C. (15), Teagan L. (14), Thanvi S. (9), Tristan H. (8), Valerie M. (16), Veronica C. (10), Victoria B. (2), Vincent N. (adult), William H. (adult)

(Faculty/Staff) Chris H.

Lagniappe Performance/Lecture - Music of Debussy/Nazareth/Bolcom

This month, we'd like to feature Dr. Vera's recent Ghost Rags performance and lecture.


Important Dates:

November 22-24
Thanksgiving Holidays

December 9, 15-17
Christmas Performances - See laapa.com for more info

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 - Wesley Hodgson

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Wesley Hodgson takes piano lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with him and learn a little more about his lessons and interests!

Tell us about how you got started in piano.
I started at LAAPA eleven years ago. My grandmother had always wanted me to get involved with playing the piano because my mom had played, she had played, and my great grandmother had played. She is the reason why I started playing because she paid for the lessons until 2014 when she passed away. She has been one of my main inspirations because without her, I never would have gotten involved with playing the piano. In 2014, after she passed away, I wanted to find a way to release my sadness. I sat down at my piano and just messed around a little bit, and before I realized what I had done, I had begun to develop my first composition. I decided to dedicate my first composition to her because she is why I play the piano.

What have you been working on lately in your lessons?
My teacher Ben Hurst has been bringing in a recording device with condenser microphones and we are working on a project. We are planning to record all of my compositions and burn them to a CD so I can give copies of it to all of the special people in my life.

What is your favorite part of lessons at LAAPA?
My favorite thing is the recitals because I like to bring something new to the table every time I perform. I enjoy seeing people listening to me play my pieces and then telling me how much they loved what I played. I have enjoyed my eleven years at LAAPA, and I will forever cherish the abilities and talents I have gained through them.

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

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

Alef P
(thanks to Sarah M)
Alejandro C
Alex C
Alexander O
Alina M
(thanks to Riley S)
Alisa C
Alvin L
Amelia T
Ansley W
Arianne S
(thanks to Sadie G)
Arran C
Arthur A
Arya N
Asher S
Ava G
(thanks to Stenger Family)
Bella A
(thanks to Mary S)
Ben W
Bria B
Claire C
Clara W
Cody L
Colton H
Connor F
Daniel T
David B
Diego O
Eden L
Elad T
Elijah A
Elinor F
Ella W
Ethan J
Ethan K
Ezekiel A
Finnley H
Gabrielle B
Giana A
Gianna C
Grant S
Isabella C
Izabella L
Jacob H
Jasmyn G
Jessie Z
Jocelyn S
Joel S
Johanna L
John Daniel H
Jude A
(thanks to Mary S)
Julia C
Kadence C
(thanks to Pam K)
Kai C
Kaia S
Katelyn P
Kelly C
Lakenn L
Lucia F
Lucille T
Lucy D
(thanks to Elise A)
Macey S
Madeline D
Maja B
Marlie M
Mary D
(thanks to Elise A)
Max O
Mia T
Michelle D
Michelle M
Milei P
Naomi A
(thanks to Mary S)
Nora A
(thanks to Mary S)
Owen D
Paxton A
Pedro M
Princeton B
Rita G
Rojon Z
Serenity R
Shaan P
Sharlotte T
Sienna M
(thanks to Riley S)
Skyler S
Sophia A
(thanks to Mary S)
Stella C
Therese D
Treyvon H
Ty B
Tyrin J
Yvonne S
(thanks to Sadie G)

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Danielle loves her piano lessons and her teacher, Ms. Ashlie! She talks about her all the time and really likes learning the piano from her.”

~ Smith Family

“We cannot say enough good things about LAAPA and Mrs. Jennifer. We marvel at how well Mrs. Jennifer adapts to Eliza’s abilities. She is wonderful and we’ve seen Eliza’s self confidence grow tremendously.

~ Bridget L.