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

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January 2018 Newsletter

Articles include, "The Most Important Part of Music & Dance Lessons!", Student of the Month - Laysha Gomez, Did You Win a $400 Best Buy Card?, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Happy January Birthdays, and more!"...

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The Most Important Part of Music & Dance Lessons

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Dear Parents and Students - Happy New Year!

As we begin this New Year, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate and thank all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff once again for 13 outstanding Christmas Performances. The programs were all incredibly diverse! In addition to the solo performances by our music students (piano, voice, violin, guitar, drums, bass, clarinet, flute, trumpet, saxophone, and more!), we also had our preschool music classes perform as well as so many exciting duet, trio, quartet, and ensemble performances. Our dance students who participated in the production of “The Night Before Christmas” were fantastic!

I wanted to share a brief summary from a video that I sent to our faculty following our concerts which I feel highlights our mission beyond providing the best music and dance training here in New Orleans: “Faculty - thank all of you so much for everything and just being there for your students and taking the time to care about them and their success. Whether or not they had an incredible performance or hit a few clunkers is not always the most important thing. Music and Dance are more important today than ever before because of the cognitive, physical, creative, and emotional outlets that they provide in a tumultous world! What really matters is how they have grown as people as the result of their training and having you in their lives. What have they gained and how are they stronger?...”

Also, I just wanted to thank all who were able to support the Teresian Mission during our concerts. Not only did we fill over 80 contractor bags full of gifts, but we also raised over $4,000 in cash donations! Sisters Dolores, Angelus and all of the Teresian sisters were so grateful and excited for all the families that they will be able to minister to this year because of your generosity and support! The sisters attended a few of our concerts and were able to give their thanks in person - we have provided a video of their talk on both our Facebook and Youtube Channels so please check them out when you can!

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to put down the eggnog and get back to music and dance lessons! It’s been a bit too quiet here over the break and we can’t wait to see our students again!

Did someone in your family get a new instrument for Christmas? Or are they ready to get started in dance or singing? The New Year is a popular time to get started and join in the Fun here at LAAPA!

We offer lessons for kids, teens, and adults in just about any area of music and dance! Call or Text us today for more information on how you can MAKE 2018 the YEAR YOU learn to PLAY, DANCE, or SING!

So thanks so much for an awesome 2017, and here’s to an even better 2018! LAAPAFEST, our annual music festival will be here before you know it. More on that next edition!

Happy New Year,
Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

Make 2018 the year YOU learn to PLAY, DANCE, or SING!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons
The New Year is a great time to JOIN THE FUN! 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.

We make it easy to get started in lessons - whether you’re a brand new beginner or are picking up lessons again after some time off.

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 purchase online via the red button below!

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Congratulations to all of our Recital Performers!

We've been sharing a variety of photos and video to our Facebook page (facebook.com/laapaface) and Youtube Channels (youtube.com/laapatube), so be sure to follow us!
New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Did You Win our Fall Referral Contest for $400 in Best Buy Gift Cards? Watch the Drawing Video!


Student News

Violin at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance

River Ridge School of Music and Dance student, Robert Wood, auditioned for violin in the New Orleans Youth Orchestra and was accepted into their Philharmonia. He studies cello with Denise Bonis and piano with Lisa Wiggins.

River Ridge School of Music and Dance student, Courtney Carroll, auditioned for and was selected to perform with the District VI treble youth honor choir. Their performance will take place at Loyola University on January 21,2018. She takes voice lessons with Ms. Alexandra.
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mandeville School of Music & Dance voice lessons student, Gracyn Dunavant saved up tickets from receiving Superior ratings in her lessons and got a Laapa water bottle!
River Ridge School of Music & Dance guitar lessons student, Bella Brocato is now an Intern at See-Hear Productions where she is repsonsible for setting up microphones, cables, spotlights, special effects, and audio.
Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Mandeville School of Music & Dance voice lessons student, Addison Fitzmorris was selected for the Talented Music program at Lancaster Elementary. She takes voice with Ms. Rebecca.

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 January Birthdays!

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

(Students): Abby W. (adult), Addison S. (11), Akshara M. (10), Alexander O. (9), Alicia R. (8), Alina M. (14), Alyse K. (4), Alyssa S. (16), Amelia S. (10), Amelia T. (6), Andrew B. (adult), Anna S. (16), Armani G. (7), Artemas P. (3), Blaze C. (12), Bo B. (5), Brayden B. (10), Brighley R. (2), Brooklynn B. (12), Caitlin W. (adult), Carmen V. (10), Cayden D. (7), Cecilia V. (11), Christian M. (8), Colette B. (11), Cooper H. (7), David B. (6), Deme M. (adult), Devin R. (adult), Di’Ayren M. (7), Dominick L. (11), Elad T. (9), Eleanor S. (10), Elinor F. (8), Ethan K. (9), Ethan T (9), Evelyn O. (13), Ezekiel A. (2), Gabriella K. (16), Giovanni B. (4), Hanna J. (4), Hannah S. (11), Holly S. (10), Isabel R. (adult), Jack R. (7), Jackie H. (adult), Jacob L. (15), James P. (16), Janet P. (adult), Jean Paul C. (8), Jessie Z. (12), Joan L. (adult), John K. (7), Jorden S. (9), Joseph M. (13), Jude S. (11), Julia P. (14), Julie M. (10), KC N. (adult), Leah P. (adult), Mettah M. (6), Michelle D. (9), Noelle C. (9), Owen Z. (10), Patrick C. (11), Peyton K. (10), Princeton B. (8), Rasheeka B. (adult), Roman H. (5), Sarayi R. (8), Siya P. (6), Sophia Ha. (6), Sophia H. (11), Teresa C. (14), Trey N. (17), Vivian F. (16), Yvonne S. (6), Zachary D. (15), Zayda J. (10)

(Faculty): Ashlie S., Gabriel P., Mary S.

Ballet Plies - Dance Warmups - Lagniappe Lessons

This month, we'd like to share a quick video featuring Mrs. Mary demonstrating a variety of ballet plies.


Important Dates:

March 10
LAAPAFEST - Covington
March 17
LAAPAFEST - Mandeville
March 24
LAAPAFEST - River Ridge

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 - Laysha Gomez

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

River Ridge School of Music and Dance student, Laysha Gomez takes piano lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with her and learn a little more about her piano lessons and interests!

How long have you been taking lessons with us?
•I have been taking lessons for 1 year!

What kinda of music do you listen to?
•Christian music! It’s the best kind, and my favorite song is Jesus Loves Me.

What is your favorite part of the lessons each week?
• I get to see Mr. Richard and I love my Flash cards. They help me very much.

What do you enjoy practicing each week?
•When we practice Go, Tell It On The Mountain.

What are your other interests/hobbies?
•I love to dance and color all the time!

What made you choose LAAPA (Ms. Kitsy)?
•My mother’s friend told me about the school and the staff is very helpful and sweet. We signed right up and it has been a blessing. We love it.

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

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

Alan A
Bailey W
Cassie P
(thanks to Pamela A)
Chase B
(thanks to Charlie R)
Delaney G
Dillan W
Evan G
Jacob B
Jeremie G
Johnny P
Keith H
Koi C
Linden L
Lola H
Melvin B
Ryleigh R
Savannah K
Shyla G
Trinity F
Zoey P

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“We LOVE Katarina! She is brilliant, compassionate, and an AMAZING teacher. We are so lucky to have her!”

~Brandy B.

“Shelbie is LOVING her dance classes with Ms. Mary. Shelbie always has the biggest smile on her face when she comes to class. She is having a really great time!”

~Tania S.