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August 2018 Newsletter

Articles include, "Planning for Success in Music & Dance Lessons", Open House Events - Student of the Month - Liam McCauley, Register NOW for Fall Music & Dance Lessons!, and more!"...

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Planning for Success in Music & Dance Lessons

LAAPA August 2018 Newsletter for Music Lessons & Dance Classes in Mandeville, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans, River Ridge, Harahan

Dear Students and Parents,

As Fall approaches, it’s time to schedule or adjust your schedule for back to school music lessons and dance classes before all of the best times are gone! Has someone in your house been trying to pick out songs on the piano or guitar by ear? Are they trying to copy some of the choreography from an inspiring dance performance that they recently saw on TV? Perhaps they have a favorite song from a Disney musical that they just can’t stop singing around the house?

Music in my own house is great for many reasons. A simple benefit is that I can always tell who is awake and practicing without getting out of bed! By listening to the piano, I can tell which child is playing based on the deployment of their technical proficiencies (i.e. my 11 year old son vs my 2 year old daughter).

Anyway, I was just able to change, add, and adjust my family’s schedule just now before I began my monthly column here. I’m glad I did too, because it wasn’t as flexible as I thought it would be for late July! As I was scheduling our Fall lessons, I then began to think about the new opportunities that the Fall brings - the excitement of trying something fun and new. Each August, students begin a new grade in school, study new subjects, and have a new teacher. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start, new goals to be set and accomplished, and perhaps a new uniform or pair of shoes! For students getting started in or continuing music lessons or dance classes, it’s very much the same as new concepts are introduced, new skills are developed, amazing new teachers join the faculty, and new goals are set and conquered. Of course, don’t forget about the new gear! Perhaps a shiny new guitar, drumset, violin, piano, keyboard, saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, leotard, tap or ballet shoes are in order upon beginning your lessons?

Students who have been taking lessons for a long time may decide that they’d like to really buckle down this year and reach the next level in their program(s). They may also be interested in trying a new style of music or dance or maybe they just want to take things in a completely different direction and add a brand new program. Whatever your goals are this year, we are happy to discuss any changes and additions with you. At your next lesson, just stop by the front desk and we can discuss all of the options with you to ensure that your Fall music and dance lessons are setup to be exactly what you are looking for!

Indeed, Fall is a high point on the path to success in music lessons and dance lessons! So definitely enjoy it while it’s here because as with all new things, it’s a very exciting time! Recently, Mrs. Katarina Boudreaux, instructor of piano/voice, sat down with me to discuss achieving success in music lessons and dance classes as well as how to practice to keep the excitement alive in your lessons. You can watch the full discussion at http://www.laapa.com/lessons-and-videos.

During the interview we discussed how music and dance lessons (like many activities) follow a sine curve with a high point being when lessons begin due to the newness of everything. After the first few months, things are going extremely well, but then you realize to achieve success, it’s going to take some work! Conflicts may naturally arise with sports, school, etc. preventing students from having as much practice time available thus delaying goal achievements. It is perfectly normal for students to arrive at brief plateaus. Usually this is short lived because when your teachers see this, their job is to come up with new ways to help you meet your goals, new practicing ideas (as Mrs. Katarina demonstrates in the video) that make practicing more enjoyable. Then before you know it, you’re traveling upwards again in the curve since you saved up enough “Superior” tickets to get an Academy prize! The recital and award ceremony is coming up and you have finally mastered enough technique to perform that cool piece or choreography that you’ve been wanting to play since you started! So when getting started this Fall - have fun but keep your ultimate goals in mind. Know that the sine curve of learning applies to most students and that the key is sticking with it to remain on the path to your success. The longer you do, the more fun you will have!

~ Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

Annual Open House Events & Fall Registration

Northshore, New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Piano Violin Guitar Lessons, Music, Dance

Gather the Family and Join Us for Open House!

The new school year is right around the corner and that means it is, once again, time for our Annual Open House Evenets! This year, come out and enjoy FREE demo lessons in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drum, Violin, Woodwinds, Brass, Preschool Music, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Tumbling, Parent & Tot Dance, and more! In addition to FREE demo lessons, we will also have raffle prizes, music arts & craft activities, and hands-on instrument exploration!

Covington School of Music Open House:
Saturday, August 11th 10am - 12pm

River Ridge School of Music & Dance Open House:
Saturday, August 11th 2pm - 5pm

Mandeville School of Music & Dance Open House:
Saturday, August 18th 10am - 2pm

Ready to reserve your spot for the Fall?

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, email us at contact@laapa.com, or save time and enroll online via the red button below!


Student News

Bria takes Tumbling, Pre-Ballet, Preschool Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Bria Ballestas (pictured above), earned 5 red tickets and used them to claim a prize from the treasure chest. Bria takes Tumbling with Ms. Lauren, Pre-Ballet with Mrs. Mary, and Preschool Music with Ms. Kadi! Great job Bria!

Annie takes voice lessons at Mandeville School of Music & Dance, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans

Congratulations to Mandeville School of Music & Dance student Annie Fornaris (pictured above), who recently auditioned for and was accepted as a 2nd Alto in the Honor Junior Choir for the 2018 Honor’s Performance Series at Carnegie Hall! Annie takes voice lessons with Ms. Kadi. Amazing job, Annie!

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
This year, Academy Director Ryan Cullen had the honor of presenting LAAPA Hall of Fame Awards to 3 of our talented students! Congratulations to Alexandra Jaeger, KC Nichoalds, and Madeline Moore!

Alexandra takes voice, piano, music lessons, Covington, Northshore, Mandeville, New Orleans, Harahan

Mandeville School of Music & Dance Hall of Fame Inductee Alexandra Jaeger (pictured above). Alexandra has been a student at LAAPA since 2009! She is a piano/voice student and has taken lessons from Mrs. Carolyn and Ms. Bethany.

voice, guitar, rock band, music lessons, Covington, Northshore, Mandeville, New Orleans, Harahan

Covington School of Music Hall of Fame Inductee KC Nichoalds (pictured above). KC has been taking lessons at LAAPA since 2015. She takes voice lessons with Ms. Alexandra and is a part of Mr. Josh's Rock Pop II Ensemble.

violin, voice, piano, music lessons, Covington, Northshore, Mandeville, New Orleans, Harahan

Mandeville School of Music & Dance Hall of Fame Inductee Madeline Moore (pictured above). Madeline has been a student at LAAPA since 2007! She is a piano/voice student of Ms. Rebecca.

Send us your news!

We love getting your news, success stories and comments. If you'd like to share your news with us, please e-mail at 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 August Birthdays!

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

(Students) Addison G. (12), Aidan D. (10), Aidan H. (13), Aimee L. (12), Alana E. (9), Alvin L. (6), Amelie B. (14), Andrew C. (12), Anna G. (14), Aubrey G. (6), Audrey O. (5), Ava K. (8), Bailey S. (9), Benjamin V. (10), Brynn H. (12), Cailah F. (8), Casey E. (37), Cate W. (7), Chase B. (20), Cherish W. (12), Christian T. (12), Christopher A. (50), Colin T. (5), Constance H. (67), David T. (39), Dillan W. (8), Eden S. (4), Emma D. (15), Ethan B. (9), Ethan K. (17), Gabriella A. (7), Gayarti M. (37), Georgia C. (7), Grayson B. (16), Hailey S. (13), Hannah S. (6), I’Janae J. (14), Isabella C. (5), Isabella W. (10), J K. (6), Jack B. (17), Jacob B. (21), Jenna G. (31), John Daniel H. (6), Julia B. (7), Justin H. (12), Kaia S. (4), Karlee B. (21), Katelyn P. (8), Katia R. (14), Liam M. (12), Life S. (11), Logan T. (12), Logan R. (8), Lucy D. (11), Lynne D. (59), Marla H. (13), Mary D. (9), Mercy M. (9), Mia S. (10), Mia W. (14), Michelle V. (3), Micole G. (13), Nicholas B. (13), Nicole B. (37), Nina L. (13), Nora V. (3), Nora E. (7), Olivia H. (13), Phillip B. (5), Quinlan M. (11), Reagan D. (10), Remi C. (9), Rob D. (59), Ron R. (67), Sami S. (20), Shelbie S. (9), Sophie Z. (3), Sudharani B. (31), Taylor C. (15), Travis G. (35), Tripp W. (12), William Z. (9)

(Faculty/Staff) Alexandra F., Britta T.

Video of the Month - Senior Recitals Grace Dufrene & Hannah Hubbard

LAAPA Seniors Grace Dufrene and Hannah Hubbard present their piano and voice recital along with their instructor Ms. Rebecca.


Important Dates:

August 11 (10 AM - 12 PM)
Covington School of Music Open House

August 11 (2 PM - 5 PM)
River Ridge School of Music & Dance Open House

August 18 (10 AM - 2 PM)
Mandeville School of Music & Dance Open House

August 21 (4:30 PM)
Mandeville School of Music & Dance Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

August 31
Faculty & Staff Meetings - No Lessons

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 - Liam McCauley

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Liam McCauley takes guitar lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with him and learn a little more about his lessons and interests!

What program are you taking and who is your teacher?
“I’m taking guitar lessons with Mr. Josh Theriot. In the past I’ve taken sax, jazz band, and other things. I love Mr. Josh! He is a great teacher!”

How long have you been taking lessons with us?
“Altogether, 9 years! 7 years with Mr. Josh.”

What is your favorite part of the lesson each week?
“All the experience I get with Mr. Josh. We get to jam out! And I love that we can build songs together over time. He has taught me all kinds of new styles; my favorite is Blues Rock.”

What do you enjoy practicing each week?
“Guitar. I like to practice new songs and my concert pieces. I mostly like to find new songs and learn cool guitar solos. I’m really into Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and other rock bands right now.”

What are your other interests/hobbies?
“I power lift. I also play sax in my school’s band, and I am in the Talented Music program.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“I want to be a chemical engineer, but keep music as a hobby and maybe get some gigs every now and then. I hope to go to MIT or Rice University, but LSU is also an option.”

What made you choose LAAPA?
“We looked at a lot of programs, but LAAPA stuck out because of the hands on experience, theory classes, amazing teachers, recitals, and the great things we heard through other people.”

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

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

Aimme R.
Anna B.
(thanks to Jacob B.)
Aubrey G.
Baker G.
Bentley C.
Brady S.
Catherine R.
Charlee B.
Christopher A.
Cyrus G.
Daniel D.
(thanks to George G.)
Devin G.
(thanks to Brooks G.)
Donald D.
Drew B.
Emma S.
Ethan C.
Georgia C.
Gina N.
Grace B.
Hannah C.
Hope C.
Hunter B.
(thanks to Hartley B.)
Ian P.
Jack B.
Jax G.
Kaleeah S.
Kayleen G.
Keely F.
Lauren B.
Logan R.
Luca B.
Megean S.
Morgan P.
Moriah D.
Owen T.
Quinn B.
Reese B.
Rick G.
Ron R.
Ronald F.
Sally A.
Samantha T.
Seth M.
Sofia T.
Soren G.
Stephannie W.
Steven M.
Thomas M.
Trent C.
Tyler B.
Vyoone L.
(thanks to Dana C.)
Warren D.
William Z.
Zach D.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Christy has been a student with LAAPA for over 3 years. The teachers adapt easily to the learning styles of their students, making it enjoyable for them to stick with it and progress. Her teachers, Mr. Bill and Ms. Kadi serve as mentors in the midst of their music lessons. We are so happy to be a part of the school and appreciative that our contact referred us to LAAPA!”
~ Hardee Family

"We absolutely love the LAAPA! My son is taking drum lessons from Mr. Ben. He has learned so much in a very short period of time. Courtney is awesome to work with as well. She helps with any scheduling problems that might arise. Great teachers and great customer service! Highly recommended!!"
~ Breaud family