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Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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May 2018 Newsletter

(pictured above) - Ms. Kadi's preschool music class exploring the piano! Articles include, "Need Something Fun & Creative to Do This Summer!", Students of the Month - Nicholas, Kimea, and Lucille, Don't Lose your Teacher this Fall, Welcome to Our Newest Students, Summer Camp, and more!"...

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Need Something Fun & Creative to Do this Summer?

Music Lessons in Mandeville, LA 70471

Dear Parents and Students,

With the mild temperatures here in Southeast Louisiana and snowfall in various parts of the country, it’s hard to believe Summer is almost here! Summer is our busiest season of all with recitals, camps, and of course new students eager to get started in music and dance lessons!

Congrats to our graduating seniors! We are pleased to announce a record number of senior recitals this year which have been scheduled for Sunday, April 29th at 2PM and Sunday, May 6th at 2PM at the Mandeville campus and Saturday, April 28th at 2PM at the River Ridge campus.

We are also bursting with excitement in anticipation of our 2018 Spring Music & Dance Recitals. See last month’s newsletter for more info!

As I mentioned, Summer is a 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 have been liberated from the confines of their scholastic routines, 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.”? Are they spending WAY too much time playing video games or staring at Computer/TV screens? Summer is a perfect time to BEAT THE DIGITAL ADDICTION by playing music, dancing, or singing! 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 & Dance 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 to some of our first camps when I was a student. We had a blast getting to play all the instruments, doing ensembles, and Friday concerts where parents came to see us perform. That was all great, but for some reason what I remember the most is red koolaid and cookies from snack time. Ah..., good times.

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

Enroll Today for Summer Camp!

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

This July - Choose 1,2, or 3 weeks - A GREAT WAY for students to discover their interest and talents in a variety of programs!

Our Summer Camps provide all students ages 5-16 with a choice of over 40 instrumental, vocal, and performing arts programs to explore! Campers (even those with little or no music or performing arts background) are able to take a hands on approach and see what programs and instruments interest them! Perhaps your child has shown an interest in music, dance, piano, singing, guitar, violin, drums (just to name a few!)? Wherever his/her interest lies, we are happy to provide a formal introduction to the programs of your choice in a structured and fun environment!

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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Don't Lose Your Teacher this Fall!

Each Summer we are asked numerous questions such as “Do Lessons Stop,” “Can I keep my same teacher in the Fall and time if I stop for the summer,” etc.

We are a year round school and as such, hundreds of new students begin lessons with us between May-July; therefore, we are unable to hold lesson times. We do have a number alternatives to giving up your lessons/teacher for the summer such as online lessons and Makeup Workshops. Please inquire at the front desk for more info!

The following teachers are at or very close to capacity with their scheduling availability during the most popular lesson times.

Bethany C
Bethany W
Jennifer H
Jennifer W
Dr. Vera

Dr. Kari
Chris T
Chris H

Josh S
Josh T
Chris H

Dr. Vera


Dr. Mark
To learn more about summer scheduling options, call us at (985) 231-0875 or contact@laapa.com!

Student News

Violin at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance

River Ridge School of Music & Dance Rock Band students represented LAAPA by performing for hundreds of familes at Lakeside Mall during the annual Kids & Family EXPO. They are from left to right: Kimberly Adams, Carleigh Quinlan, Claire Sheppard, Katelyn Welk and
Cherish Williams. They are pictured above, along with Rock Band Director, Bill Solomon.

Piano and Drum Lessons in New Orleans at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance
River Ridge School of Music & Dance Parent/Tot students, Amani Nawash, Leyanne Nawash, and Lucille Tadin all received prizes from the treasure chest recently by saving up their Superior rating tickets over several weeks!

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. (16), Adam S. (8), Aisling O. (17), Amani N. (4), Amelia P. (5), Annie F. (15), Ariana A. (15), Arnas M. (5), Aubrey R. (25), Avani M. (15), Bailey R. (10), Ben B. (14), Brady D. (10), Charles T. (67), Charlotte E. (4), Chloe C. (10), Cody C. (14), Colby M. (17), Ella W. (10), Ellen M. (53), Emily N. (17), Emma G. (15), Erin U. (47), Evan M. (13), Gilberto C. (16), Grace D. (18), Greyson P. (6), Harmony S. (5), Isabella M. (11), Isabella E. (10), Jaelyn J. (11), Jaina H. (9), Jake T. (12), Jake F. (11), Jolee B. (9), Jonathan K. (11), Joseph S. (7), Josie H. (12), Julie D. (38), Juliet E. (6), Juliette B. (5), Kiersten C. (8), Kylie T. (5), Lainey L. (11), Larson G. (9), Lawrence M. (4), Leana K. (7), Lena Z. (8), Liliana G (14), Lisa S. (36), London B. (5), Maia S. (15), Mary Helen S. (11), Matthew G. (12), Mia M. (9), Myles B. (10), Paloma P. (12), Rachel H. (14), Riley S. (11), Sameen H. (13), Samuel M. (7), Samuel S. (12), Savannah K. (17), Seth F. (11), Shlok D. (10), Stacey J. (13), Sydni G. (9), Timothy H. (12), Tori Y. (18), Trinity F. (15), Tristan T. (9), Xianglong W. (26), Zachary S. (9)

(Faculty) Diane D., Gary R., Joshua S., Katarina B., Peter H.

Video of the Month - Hot Club of Baton Rouge

We were pleased to host the Hot Club of Baton Rouge this past month for an evening of Gypsy Jazz - enjoy the recording below!


Important Dates:

May 1 - Last day to register for the Spring Recitals
May 6 - Senior Recital - Mandeville Campus - featuring Hannah Hubbard and Grace Dufrene - Dufour Hall
May 13 - Faculty & Honors Recital - 5:00 PM at Fuhrmann Auditorium
May 28 - Memorial Day - No Lessons
June 16-17 - River Ridge School of Music & Dance Spring Recital - (no regular classes in River Ridge)
June 23-24 - Covington/Mandeville Schools of Music Spring Recital (no regular classes in Covington/Mandeville)

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 - Nicholas, Kimea, and Lucille

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music & Dance students, Nicholas Burque, Kimea Cheramie, and Lucille Cheramie take music and dance lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with them and learn a little more about their lessons and interests!

What program(s) are you taking and who is/are your teacher(s)?
Nicholas: Mr. Bedwell for trumpet
Kimea: Piano with Ms. Bethany, and Ballet with Mrs. Mary
Lucille: Preschool Music with Dr. Vera

How long have you been taking lessons with us?
(N) 1 year of Piano and 2 years Trumpet
(K) 2.5 years Preschool Music, 1 year Piano, and a few months of Ballet
(L) 2.5 years of Preschool Music

What is your favorite part of the lesson each week?
(N) Playing music; (K) Making music and writing songs! Dancing next to Cali; (L) Singing!

What are your other interests/hobbies?
(N) School Jazz Band, playing soccer, and reading (especially Alexander Dumas)
(K) Growing flowers, climbing trees (but I hug them first!), singing, biking
(L) Riding bikes, reading, listening to stories, yoga

What do you hope to accomplish with a background in music? What do you want to be when you grow up!?
(N) Have fun playing music and keep improving skills; (K) Ballerina and musical composer; (L) Ballerina

Tabitha (mom) What made you choose LAAPA?
We chose LAAPA for our children’s musical education because of the excellent teachers and program options. Everyone is always friendly and works with our schedule to make our lessons convenient. LAAPA is fun for all and extremely accommodating!

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

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

Aaliyah P.
Abigail H.
Addison R.
Afrika W.
Anna W.
Ashley A.
Autumn Z.
Bailey R.
Carson T.
Chelsea C.
Colin T.
Constance H.
Daniel C.
Don P.
Drake F.
Dylan B.
(thanks Jack F.)
Elizabeth W.
(thanks to Mary S.)
Emily B.
Ethan B.
Faith L.
Francesco G.
Gary B.
Gerlin G.
(thanks to Francesco G.)
Griffin H.
Gwendolyn M.
(thanks Nilaja W.)
Hannah V.
(thanks Alexandra J.)
Isaac M.
Isabella K.
(thanks Zoe B.)
Jahreik K.
Jenna G.
Jonah J.
Juliette B.
Kaitlyn T.
(thanks Angela W.)
Lasharron P.
Lisa S.
London B.
Lorian J.
Luca R.
(thanks Allie Grace G.)
Madison M.
Marla H.
Matt H.
(thanks Gina L.)
Mia C.
Myles F.
Nicole S.
Olivia S.
Ryan T.
(thanks Madison A.)
Sadie R.
Sarah M.
Stephanie H.
Stephen M.
Tammy B.
Thomas H.
(thanks Maro Luc H.)
Tim H.
Timothy B.
Tori L.
Vera M.
Xianglong W.
Zayn B.
(thanks Caden R.)

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Tiffany loves her lessons with Ms. Kate! She’s learned a lot in the two years she’s been studying violin.”
~Hung Family

“Lessons are great! Mr. Josh works very well with Nick and Nick is really enjoying Theory class! He is very excited to do summer camp and explore the other programs.”
~Vashko Family

“Lola is loving her piano lessons with Ms. Britta! Everything is such a great fit!”
~Himmaugh Family