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July 2019 Newsletter

Articles include, "Tears of Joy - Reflections on Student Accomplishments", Student of the Month - Sheldon Bailey, Student News, It's Not Too Late to Sign Up for Summer Lessons!, and more!"...

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Tears of Joy - Reflections on Student Accomplishments

LAAPA June 2019 Newsletter for Music Lessons & Dance Classes in Mandeville, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans, River Ridge, Harahan
Dear Students and Parents,

I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff for 12 outstanding music and dance concerts held the past two weekends in June. Watching you all use your talents and grow in your skills is truly the greatest part of my job here. It’s why I don’t mind lugging amps, camera equipment, a full drum set and hardware up and down a flight of stairs or watching nearly 500 performances!

Just as the growth of a child is more apparent to those who see him/her less frequently, we as educators and parents need to stop sometimes and absorb all that has taken place! Just the other day I was watching some old videos of my former students on our Facebook page (@laapaface) and will admit that perhaps a tear or two of joy popped up when I realized how far they had truly come. I’m fairly certain that all of our faculty can share a similar story because as educators, we are always proud of what our students have accomplished and just when we think that we couldn’t be prouder, they top themselves again and again. Having personally watched thousands of performances over the years, seeing the evolution over the span of months and years is phenomenal. This is all because you and our amazing faculty members have worked hard to make it happen!

While we’re talking about lasting memories, video orders are now being filled! If you’d like to order a high definition video of your performance, simply go to https://www.laapa.com/get-video! You can see some recent videos on our youtube channel at http://youtube.com/laapatube.

So let’s summarize a few things that took place at our 2019 Spring Concerts!

1.) Our students have just built a great deal of self-confidence by performing on stage!

I always like to compare performing on stage with public speaking. Public speaking is many times feared more by most adults than almost anything else! With our student performers, we need to additionally recognize your courage and success because in most cases, you were not only “speaking publicly” through your performances, but you were doing so while still “learning how to speak” through the art of music and dance in your lessons! Wow! One can only imagine what you will continue to achieve with a growing sense of self-confidence.

2.) Our students have truly learned the importance of meeting deadlines.

No matter what you do in life, you’re going to be required to accomplish things by a certain date. All of our students knew when they needed to be ready for the recitals. There was no option to delay their performances. There was no option to perform without anyone hearing or seeing you. It took a great deal of commitment, sacrifice, and hard work in your studies and practice for you to succeed in meeting the deadline. So, congratulations on succeeding in this very important area!

3.) Our students have inspired many others in the audience who witnessed their talent.

Performing for any group of people is an emotional experience not only for our student performers but also for the audience as well. Audience members will appreciate the performance, but one never knows who in the audience will additionally be inspired to perhaps try a new program or work harder at one they are already studying. Indeed, it may have been your performance that convinced someone else to think, “Hey, that was awesome, maybe I CAN do something like that, and wouldn’t it be wonderful if next time that was me up there?!”

Remember that while all of our concerts are completely optional in terms of participation, they really are an integral part of music and dance education - so if you weren’t ready this time, be on the lookout for the next ones!

Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

It's Not Too Late to Get Started in MUSIC & DANCE This Summer!

It’s hard to believe that Summer is already here! If you need something fun, new, and exciting to do this summer, then consider Summer Music & Dance Camps at LAAPA! Our summer camps provide campers ages 5-16 with a choice of over 40 instrumental, vocal, and dance programs to discover and explore. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced students will have a blast! Our camps are ALMOST SOLD OUT!

For more information or to reserve your spot, visit https://www.laapa.com/camp

Don't Lose Your Lesson or Class Time this Fall!

Each Summer we are asked numerous questions such as “Do Lessons Stop?” “Can I keep my lesson time in the Fall 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.

Chris H.
Dr. Vera
Jane Ann
Jennifer H.
Jennifer W.

Chris H.
Chris T.
Dr. Kari
Ryan T.

Chris H.
Chris T.
Ryan T.

Dr. Vera
John N.


Dr. Mark

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

Discover Your Talent at LAAPA

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

At LAAPA, we offer the most comprehensive Music & Dance Program in the Greater New Orleans area with three campuses located in Covington, Harahan, and Mandeville. For over 40 years, we’ve provided lessons to tens of thousands of students in Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Drums, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Brass, Woodwind, Bands, Preschool Music, and more!

Covington: 985-590-4545
Mandeville: 985-674-2992
River Ridge: 504-738-3050

Student News

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore
River Ridge School of Music & Dance students Kamiya Collins and Victoria Weibelt (pictured above) recently performed in the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s (JPAS) production of Coppelia! They take ballet with Mrs. Mary. Way to go ladies!
Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore
Mandeville School of Music & Dance student Tristan Kenmar (pictured above) earned 5 superior student tickets and got to chose a prize from the treasure chest! Tristan takes piano with Dr. Vera. Great job!
Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore
Covington School of Music students Ansley & Addison Goings (pictured above) earned 40 superior student tickets and cashed them in for LAAPA T-shirts! Ansley takes ukulele with Mr. Peter and Addison takes piano with Mr. Gary. Keep up the great work girls!
Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore
Piano and Voice instructor, Ms. Lizz (pictured above) will be performing on the center stage at the Super Dome during the upcoming Essence Festival on July 7th at 4:20 PM. She will also be performing at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on August 9th at 2:00 PM. Ms. Lizz performs under her artist name: Saint Mercedes.

piano lessons at Mandeville School of Music & Dance, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans
Congratulations to Mandeville student, Liam McCauley (pictured above with Academy Director, Ryan Cullen) - 2019 Hall of Fame Award Recipient. Liam graduated from Lakeshore High this past May. Over the course of his 10 years at LAAPA, Liam has studied programs such as Guitar, Saxophone, Jazz Band, Rock/Pop Band, Voice and Summer Camp. Liam is an active participant of the LMEA Honor Jazz Band for District IX and All State. He was awarded honors such as Most Outstanding Sophomore 2016-2017, the Arion Award for band in 2017-2018 and was recently honored with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in April 2019. Liam has received many academic scholarships and will be attending LSU in the fall, double-majoring in Chemical Engineering and Business and minoring in Jazz Music Studies.

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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 July Birthdays!

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

Students: Abigail L. (6), Adalyn J. (8), Alejandro (Ollie) F. (15), Alexis N. (10), Alissyn H. (41), Amelie W. (4), Angelina W. (10), Audrey M. (6), Braelynn M. (12), Brailynn B. (7), Brinn M. (7), Bronson B. (7), Brooks B. (7), Caleb B. (6), Chloe C. (8), Chloe N. (8), Christy H. (13), Colton H. (16), Cooper D. (13), Daniel W. (6), David H. (12), Devin I. (12), Donna H. (57), Dylan G. (4), Eddie B. (46), Elivette W. (6), Eric Q. (11), Ethan C. (11), Ethan L. (4), Evelyn R. (4), Frankie W. (31), Fynnlei D. (2), Gabby R. (13), Gavin M. (12), Genesis P. (12), George C. (65), George G. Jr. (10), Gerardo E. (9), Grace B. (9), Gracyn D. (13), Grayson B. (10), Hannah P. (13), Harmony J. (8), Harrison E. (12), Holly B. (12), Isaac P. (12), Isaac R. (9), Jack T. (15), Jacob H. (11), Jahreik K. (5), Jamie H. (16), Jax E. (8), Jaylen C. (8), Jeremiah C. (8), Jeremiah P. (11), Joel S. (9), Josef S. (13), Kayla E. (16), Kyla A. (11), Landry C. (11), Laura L. (14), Lauren S. (28), Layla G. (4), Leah M. (4), Leah Z. (12), Levi C. (7), Liam V. (10), Logan G. (7), Lucille C. (5), Malena N. (8), Marie C. (15), Marietta H. (65), Mason P. (9), Matthew T. (3), Mia S. (5), Michael Y. (3), Nathan J. (9), Norah F. (6), Oliver T. (6), Pamela K. (64), Paris L. (8), Payton B. (11), Remy M. (11), RJ H. (21), Rosalie C. (6), Ryleigh R. (10), Sachi A. (15), Samantha T. (7), Savannah M. (2), Saylor M. (4), Seth H. (19), Shelby B. (9), Silas W. (7), Sofia M. (7), Sofia S. (13), Sophia B. (14), Suzan K. (66), Tucker H. (8), Zachary F. (16), Zane D. (6), Zoë B. (8)

Faculty & Staff: Candice M., Carolyn R., Claire P., Jeanette P., Johnny L., Mirka J., Molly F., Rick T., Robin W., Woody L.

Video of the Month - "2019 Senior Recital"

Congratulations to students Haley Hickman, Emily Toomer, Lindsey Sommers, and Liam McCauley who shared a Senior Recital with us! The four students take voice/singing and guitar lessons with us at our campuses in Harahan/River Ridge, Mandeville, and Covington, LA!


Important Dates:

July 1 - 6:
Summer Break - No Lessons

July 8:
Classes Resume

July 8 - 26:
Music & Dance Summer Camps

New Artwork by Michaela Howell

We are very fortunate to work with local artist Michaela Howell. Many of her paintings and art are on display at all three of our school campuses!

Michaela recently brought in new artwork that can be viewed at both of our Northshore campuses. The beautiful piece above is available for purchase at our Covington location for $425.

Interested in purchasing art from Michaela? 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 - Sheldon Bailey

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

River Ridge School of Music & Dance student, Sheldon Bailey, takes voice 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 take voice lessons with Ms. Hannah.”

How long have you been taking lessons with us?
“I’ve been taking lessons for one year.”

What is your favorite genre of music to listen to / who is your favorite artist?
“My favorite music to listen to is Christian Hip-Hop and Toby Mac.”

What is your favorite part about taking lessons?
“My favorite part about my lessons is hearing myself get better over time. I also enjoy listening to my favorite songs each week.”

What are your other interests/hobbies?
“I love basketball, video games, and helping with cooking.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“I want to be a construction worker, a lawyer, and a YouTuber!”

(Parent) What made you choose LAAPA?
“We chose LAAPA because of the convenience, the structure and organization, and because of the friendly staff.”

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

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

Adam H.
Aiden E.
Alejandro (Ollie) F.
Alex T.
Alexander B.
America H.
Ami M.
Anthony R.
Anya T.
Apsara P.
Axl W.
Brooklyn V.
Bruno B.
Camille F.
Carolina H.
Chance H.
Charlie Marie J.
Charlotte J.
(Thanks Zorie G.)
Christian M.
Claire V.
Colette J.
(Thanks Zorie G.)
Colton H.
David S.
David H.
Desmond B.
Dylan G.
Elise M.
Emerson C.
Emerson R.
Emily F.
Emma D.
Erik D.
Ethan L.
Evangeline P.
Everly F.
(Thanks Thien Family)
Hadeer S.
Halston V.
Haven H.
Jack W.
(Thanks Dana M.)
James E.
(Thanks Jenny G.)
Janessa Z.
Jaycee H.
(Thanks Kate B.)
Jeremiah P.
Jhonny Z.
John G.
Jonathan F.
(Thanks Rachel T.)
Josef S.
Joseph A.
Julia C.
Julianna F.
Justin H.
Kelsey W.
Kennedi B.
Kinsley F.
Klaire E.
Layton W.
Levi C.
Linda B.
Madelyn F.
(Thanks Chris T.)
Madison P.
Mary Ella R.
Matthew T.
Mia T.
Michael Y.
Mike F.
(Thanks Chris T.)
Molly B.
Nassrin M.
Natalya B.
Perrin T.
Preston L.
Raul B.
Rileigh C.
Roman H.
Rowan V.
(Thanks Hayes S.)
Ryan T.
Sam D.
Sanvi P.
Saylor M.
Sebastian R.
(Thanks Hendrix R.)
Shelby M.
Skarleth C.
Sophia I.
Stephanie B.
Taylor B.
Teresa C.
Todd F.
(Thanks Chris T.)
Victoria T.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“I’m liking lessons here! Johnny gives me the space and time I need to grow. He keeps me engaged throughout the week, and I am seeing progress!”
~ Ajay N.

“Emma is loving it here! She says nothing but good things. She is enjoying ballet and Mrs. Mary.”
~ Monoc Family

“Lucas loves his lessons! We’re really glad we decided to take lessons at this school.”
~ Balderach Family