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September 2018 Newsletter

Articles include, "Knowing When to Get Started in Music & Dance", Student of the Month - Payton Brunning, Register NOW for Fall Music & Dance Lessons!, and more!"...

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Knowing When to Get Started in Music & Dance

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

Dear Students and Parents,

The new school year is now officially upon us. As I mentioned last month, it’s a time of great anticipation, excitement and learning many new things! Our entire faculty and staff just had a fantastic training workshop sharing and discussing our teaching strategies and goals to ensure that our students have another awesome school year in their music lessons and dance classes!

During this time each year we love to welcome our eager new music and dance students to the Academy. We have just concluded our 3 open houses and would like to thank everyone who came out and especially our faculty and staff for making them fantastic experiences! Of course, we’d also like to welcome our 100 + new students who began lessons this August. We are so glad to have you join the LAAPA family!

As we have been speaking with many new prospective students and families this month, one of the questions that we are frequently asked is “How do I know when it’s the right time to get started or if music lessons and/or dance classes are going to be a good fit for me or my child?”

Having four children ages 2, 5, 8, and 11, I fully understand that kids show an interest in many different things, and it can sometimes be hard to predict that will stick. While many times, it’s obvious what children will enjoy, sometimes you just don’t know until they try it out! Some students have a natural talent for music and dance, others may need to work harder but progress equally as well. What I have personally found over the past 20 years here is that whether or not music and dance lessons becomes a life long pursuit for students is often dependent upon parent/guardian support. Support in terms of commitment, encouragement and environment are key.

Commitment can be a real challenge today! As technology improves to make our lives simpler, we are able to add more and more to our schedules! Parents and children are busier than ever often running to a different afterschool activity each day. A full commitment to everything can be very difficult for children to manage alone. For example, if you bring a new puppy home, your new pet will need care outside of the fun times you share together such as baths, walks, meals, etc. Children many times need help remembering these additional details to ensure that the new family pet remains in good health. Just because they forget to bathe or walk the pet doesn’t mean that they don’t love him/her!

The same can be said for music and dance lessons. In addition to attending their regular lessons, time must be spent in practice, feeding their inspiration by watching/listening to a variety of music/dance performances, and learning to clean/maintain their instruments. Doing all of these things are necessary in order for students to grow in their love for and relationship with their instruments and programs. While some students will naturally embrace all of this on their own, many others will need some help. I personally ALWAYS needed help in these areas. I’m glad my parents were more than happy to oblige, because music is now a huge part of my life obviously.

Equally important is the creation of a supportive environment. Parents are the most influential people in their children’s lives. Children need to know that you believe in their journey. Take the time to listen to their home performances when they ask you to sit down for a concert. They also need to have a place in the home where they are free to practice. The environment can sometimes be a challenge because of the location of the piano or overstimulation from too much sound in the home with louder instruments. While it’s great to let students practice when inspiration strikes so it doesn’t seem like a chore, in many cases, it truly is best to institute a daily schedule so that everyone in the house knows what to expect.

Finally, I always like to mention that music and dance classes are more than just the instruction - they build the character and feed the soul of students. Whether or not they choose to continue in the arts down the road, the skills they have developed will always be a part of who they are. So if you’ve been on the fence for awhile now about whether to give music and dance a shot in your life - you really can’t go wrong!

~ Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

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

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore

River Ridge School of Music & Dance students Sofia Sayyad, Mia Sayyad, Jaelyn Jarrell, Samantha Sauceda, and Beth Teagle participated in this Summer’s Dance Intensive Camp with Mrs. Mary and Ms. Lauren! They learned all about dance strength & conditioning and different dance techniques, including Modern Dance (pictured above).

piano lessons at Mandeville School of Music & Dance, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans

Covington School of Music student Joseph Sanders saved up 5 Superior Student tickets and redeemed a prize from the treasure chest! Great work Joseph!

piano lessons at Mandeville School of Music & Dance, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student Ava Kennedy earned a special surprise prize by saving up 10 Superior Student tickets!

Mandeville School of Music & Dance Grand Opening!

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

A HUGE thank you to the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and to all who came out to support and be a part of the official Grand Opening of our beautiful new Mandeville location! (pictured above) Academy Director Ryan Cullen cutting the red ribbon with the help of our amazing faculty, staff, parents & students!

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 September Birthdays!

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

(Students) Abigail N. (8), Aidan O. (8), Aiden T. (12), Ainsley C. (7), Alex L. (9), Alexa A. (16), Alexandra S. (16), Allison P. (7), Ally B. (4), Amielle V. (7), Autumn Z. (4), Aydin S. (7), Barbara Ame B. (70), Brianna I. (14), Bronx S. (9), Brooke W. (15), Bruce B. (39), Bryce B. (15), Caleb H. (12), Camille R. (5), Carleigh Q. (15), Carolina H. (8), Chase S. (8), Chloe D. (4), Dan L. (48), Dean E. (13), Derinisha T. (4), Destiny G. (17), Devin B. (6), Dhyuti M. (6), Elizabeth G. (7), Ella B. (13), Elle G. (9), Emily T. (17), Ethan H. (5), Evan G. (8), Fletcher E. (13), Frank C. (6), Gemma A. (4), Genesis M. (5), Gianna C. (12), Griffin H. (5), Henry M. (8), Hope S. (15), Ivan B. (12), Izelh M. (12), J.R. R. (75), Jack B. (14), Jack F. (13), Jacob R. (10), Jamari H. (11), Jamiya M. (9), Jordan C. (14), Jose M. (13), Jude C. (16), Kahlan D. (9), Katelyn W. (15), Katherine T. (12), Katie S. (37), Lathaniel G. (13), Liam M. (17), Lillian S. (13), Linda Sabine S. (8), Linden B. (4), Lindsey S. (17), Lola H. (12), Madeline W. (13), Mae E. (3), Maja B. (10), Marlee C. (14), Mary H. (16), Mary P. (64), Matthew Y. (4), Melody M. (14), Mikaela W. (7), Nico H. (9), Nicole P. (16), Olive W. (5), Oliver S. (24), Richard H. (9), Ricky P. (14), Samir P. (11), Sarah D. (17), Sarah H. (15), Savannah B. (13), Scarlett T. (6), Scotty C. (6), Sienna M. (8), Skylar B. (12), Sofia M. (9), Soren G. (11), Swathi K. (17), Taylor P. (6), Thomas M. (7), Tiernan L. (16), Tori L. (10), Trinity S. (4), Violet F. (7), Wyatt T. (10)

(Faculty) Ben H., Josh T., Rebecca P., Layla S., Lisa W., Dr. Mark W., Reggie S., Tina A.

Video of the Month - Kameron Lopreore Performing "New York Lights" - W. Bolcom

Mr. Kameron Lopreore, instructor of piano/voice, recently stopped by the Mandeville School of Music & Dance recording studio and shared this amazing performance of William Bolcom's "New York Lights" from "A View from the Bridge". He is accompanied by Jonathan Szymanski on piano.


Important Dates:

September 3
Labor Day - No Lessons

September 1-3
Fall Registration Open to All!

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 - Payton Brunning

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Covington School of Music student, Payton Brunning takes piano and voice lessons here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with her and learn a little more about her lessons and interests!

How long you’ve been taking lessons at LAAPA?
“I’ve been taking piano and voice lessons with Ms. Alexandra for about 1 year now.”

What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of music?
“I love to dance! I take ballet lessons, and I also really like jazz dancing!”

What does music mean to you?
“I love music!”

What is your favorite part about lessons each week?
“My favorite part about my lessons is my teacher, Ms. Alexandra! She’s the best!”

What has been your overall experience at LAAPA?
“I LOVE taking lessons at LAAPA!! It’s been awesome!”

(Parents) What made you choose LAAPA?
“Your reputation. We looked you up and we were very impressed with the talent level of your instructors and their qualifications. We are so happy with LAAPA! Payton has grown so much over this past year. Her confidence has increased and she is really blossoming!”

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

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

Abel G.
Abigail W.
Abigail V.
Abilyn K.
Addyson W.
Alex L.
Alexandra M.
Aliyah B.
Allison P.
Amelia R.
Andrea S.
Angeli B.
Angelina F.
Anisha M.
Anna D.
Ava D.
Bailey S.
Barbara Ame B.
Brinn M.
Brooklyn P.
Brooks B.
(thanks to Nicole B.)
Bruce B.
(thanks to Nicole B.)
Callie B.
Camille R.
(thanks to the Pierre Family)
Chance V.
Charles S.
Charlotte H.
Chase P.
Chloe N.
Connor M.
Dan S.
Daniel F.
David R.
Day H.
Denise B.
Derek H.
Derinisha T.
Derriel T.
Donovan B.
Elaine C.
Eli W.
(thanks to Davian A.)
Eli F.
Elise S.
Elizabeth G.
Emile P.
Emily G.
Emma W.
Emma S.
Evelyn T.
Faith M.
Gemma A.
Genesis M.
Genevieve C.
Giancarlo M.
(thanks to Sam & Andres G.)
Gideon S.
Grace B.
Hannah S.
Henslee S.
Hudson B.
Irene C.
Isabella C.
Jacelyn S.
Jack B.
Jack V.
(thanks to Charlie V.)
Jackson K.
Jacob R.
JoAnn Y.
Joel B.
(thanks to Megan S.)
Jon D.
Kaden J.
Kathleen G.
Kent T.
Kyleigh G.
Lana L.
Landri B.
Landry C.
Landry B.
(thanks to Nicole B.)
Larry M.
Leilany M.
(thanks to Karolyn R.)
Levi W.
Lilly Grace W.
Lily Kate P.
Linda L.
Lori J.
Lucas H.
Luke K.
Lydia L.
Madelyn B.
Madison M.
Maggie M.
Marlee C.
Mary H.
Matthew B.
Meredith H.
Michael M.
Mila L.
Nick W.
Nico H.
Nikolas C.
Oliver H.
(thanks to Olive W.)
Olivia A.
(thanks to Sarah A.)
Payton C.
Peyton H.
(thanks to Alex M.)
Peyton C.
Peyton B.
Phoenix R.
Presley C.
Rachel R.
Rayleigh H.
Rayne K.
Reagan D.
Reagan H.
(thanks to Randy H.)
Rex O.
Ricky P.
Ridhaan D.
Roxanne P.
Sarah L.
Sawyer L.
Shadell B.
Shagun A.
Shelby B.
Siena S.
(thanks to Sarah C.)
Skip P.
Skylar B.
Sofia M.
(thanks to Sam & Andres G.)
Sophia H.
Sophie H.
Steele A.
Taylor P.
(thanks to Alicia M.)
Tiernan L.
Tracy M.
Travis B.
Vivi B.
Yunseong L.
Zach P.
Zoey J.
Zoey H.
(thanks to Amanda W.)

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“I’ve been taking private tap dance lessons with Mrs. Mary for the past year. Besides awesome, Mary is creative and always helping this 40+ year old guy (me) better his technique.”
~Jeremy Hebert

"In Jan of 2017, for a Christmas Present, I decided to enroll my Granddaughter in music class, but she was only 2 years old at the time. LAAPA’s staff recommended a small group Preschool Music class. It turned out to be so much fun that we are still there! My Granddaughter, Lyla, has moved up two levels of music class since then and is now taking private piano lessons with Dr. Vera. We absolutely love her! It has been even more of a wonderful experience then I thought. My whole family is so impressed with my Granddaughter’s accomplishments. I highly recommend LAAPA! High 5 for this Music Academy!"
~Carpenter Family