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March 2019 Newsletter

Articles include, "Having Fun with Music & Dance is a Commitment", Student of the Month - Brady Smith, Student News, Early Registration for the Summer Camp, and more!"...

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Having Fun with Music & Dance is a Commitment

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

This month I wanted to discuss the importance of “commitment” with music and dance lessons. We’ve covered this a bit before in a video entitled, "Practicing Music: The Path to Musical Success for Students, Parents, and Teachers.” You can find it on our YouTube channel, if you haven’t already checked it out, and everything in the video applies to dance classes as well.

In the video, I mention that it’s important to anticipate the highs as well as lows along the way in your journey. There will be periods of immense joy as well as occasional periods of lowered interest (mostly due to the technical challenges that need to be overcome through commitment and of course, good old-fashioned practice). Think of a sine wave with ups and downs in the curve for a visual representation of this. What everyone should understand is that ups and downs are perfectly natural.

When we begin something new, as many students have this past year - everything is FUN because it’s all new to us. New dance shoes, leotards, new instruments, accessories, and we were probably also able to learn a few new tricks quickly and easily with little to no effort right? Instant gratification is what we crave more than ever in today’s culture! This is a high point in the curve.

Eventually as students progress in their studies, they will be challenged more and more so that they can meet the technical demands of the music they love and want to perform! To have fun doing this though, they will have some practice to do outside of classes. While some students love practicing, many more love playing (I know I do)! When it comes time to practice, it’s easy for students to practice what they already know and spend less time on the newer songs/parts/choreography that require some elbow grease. Parents - check LessonMate and assignment books to ensure that students are spending enough time on working on new material and not just things they already know. If you are only hearing or seeing highly polished performances all the time, chances are they need to spend a little more time focusing on new material. Otherwise, loss of interest will settle in since they will (as well as everyone else in the house) tire of only being able to perform the same songs.

It is the low and humbling points of the sine wave (i.e. our hard work and efforts) that produce the greatest rewards (such as being able to play, dance, or sing the music we love which may have been previously beyond our ability). It is through these efforts that we begin to zip back upwards in the sine wave which then leads to amazing recitals/performances and awards!

By the way, I mention all of this from my own personal experiences having taken lessons in piano, guitar, violin, saxophone, flute, trumpet, bass, (and Mrs. Mary also thinks I should start dance-still thinking on that one). I enjoyed all of them and was equally frustrated with all of them at times too! Years later, I ended up with both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree and guess what? I’m still overjoyed at times when I’m able to express my thoughts through the art of music, and I’m also equally frustrated at times with technical challenges that I need to spend time practicing to work out. You see, I too just want to be able to play whatever I want and RIGHT NOW gosh darn it! If only it worked that way, but you see, having FUN long term with music and dance is definitely a commitment for everyone! So, practice to have the most fun in your journey!

Ryan Cullen, Academy Director

Summer Camp Early Registration Has Begun!

It’s hard to believe, but Summer will be here before you know it! 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!

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

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

Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Sarah Stone, recently participated in the NSMTA Solo + Duet Festival and Hymn Playing Festival. Sarah earned superior ratings for both! She’s been taking piano lessons with Ms. Rebecca for 5 years. Great work, Sarah!

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore
Mandeville School of Music & Dance Contemporary/Modern & Hip Hop III students Anna Wilson, Kylie McDonnel, and Kaitlyn Tribou recently performed in “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten.” They did a fabulous job! Great work, you three!
piano lessons at Mandeville School of Music & Dance, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans

The LAAPA Dance Department held a Choreography Workshop and Showcase last month. Camila A., Carietta Y., Elizabeth T., Paris L., & Victoria W. had the opportunity to train alongside choreography professional Mrs. Elle. Keep it up, ladies!

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

Peter Sklar will be hosting a lecture on March 16th at 2:00 PM at the River Ridge School of Music & Dance. Admission is FREE and open to the public. More information is available at the front desk.

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

Mandeville School of Music & Dance students will be showcasing original choreography on March 31st at 2:00 PM at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance. More information is available at the front desk. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

LAAPA Recording Studio!

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

With the Holidays approaching, your recording will make a great gift for Family and Friends! Our recording studio is located at the Mandeville campus and features a 32 track ProTools system, 4k video cameras, premium mics and equipment. Click the button below to learn more, schedule a studio tour or Book Your Session today!

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FREE Dance Class!

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

We are happy to announce that we are now offering a Strength & Conditioning class FREE to all dance students (ages 7+) enrolled in 2 or more dance classes. The class will be Thursdays at 7pm in River Ridge and Saturdays at 12pm in Mandeville. Inquire at the Front Desk or click the button below for more info!

Learn More!

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 March Birthdays!

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

Students: Alice Catherine D. (4), Allie-Grace G. (11), Anderson B. (6), Andre M. (9), Andres G. (11), Anna W. (17), Anson P. (12), Anthony N. (4), Arinna L. (5), Ashleigh H. (14), Asia B. (13), Aubrey W. (11), Aubrie C. (8), Ava H. (5), Ava G. (10), Benjamin C. (11), Brendan M. (7), Brianna D. (12), Carlos A. (17), Carolina R. (10), Caroline S. (8), Charles S. (55), Christopher P. (39), Daian T. (15), Daniel D. (23), Elizabeth T. (8), Emily R. (15), Emma M. (16), Evan L. (11), Evangeline T. (5), Felix P. (3), Frank S. (4), Gabriel S. (6), Gabriele M. (10), George S. (4), Gideon S. (7), Hezekiah J. (3), Izabella L. (13), James W. (8), Japheth O. (18), Jayla F. (15), Jeremy H. (46), John G., Jr. (10), Journee J. (9), Kacey C. (12), Kennedy M. (13), Kingston M. (7), Laney T. (18), Leanne B. (8), Leilany M. (4), Lenny L. (58), Lily C. (8), Linda R. (53), Luke K. (9), Madison R. (11), Madison D. (14), Marissa D. (12), Mason J. (7), Michael E. (12), Patrick M. (8), Payton C. (9), Piper M. (3), Presley S. (10), Preston O. (10), Rakshitha R. (15), Rebekah H. (43), Ryleigh B. (11), Samantha B. (7), Sarah S. (12), Sarah M. (18), Sarah C. (17), Sophia M. (9), Sophie H. (7), Sophie M. (10), Steele A. (7), Svaraathmika B. (5), Treyvon H. (5), Vera M. (4), Victoria W. (12), Vivian A. (7), Zach D. (5)

Faculty & Staff: Christopher T., DeMarcus R.

Video of the Month - "How to Get Your Music Published"

Academy Director, Ryan Cullen, answers some good old-fashioned mail! This video is in response to a letter we received from Darin in Covington, LA.

Darin wrote: "Dear Sir or Madam, I already know about copyrighting songs, but I don't know anything about song publishing. How do you publish a song and how is that important to song writing? Let me know something soon and at your convenience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Darin"


Important Dates:

March 2 - 8:
Mardi Gras Break

March 9:
Lessons Resume

March 16:
LAAPAFEST at Covington Campus

March 16:
Lecture: Broadway & Beyond with Peter Sklar
River Ridge School of Music & Dance, 2:00 PM

March 23:
LAAPAFEST at Mandeville Campus

March 30:
LAAPAFEST at River Ridge Campus

March 30:
Showcase: Contemporary Works in Progress
Mandeville School of Music & Dance, 2:00 PM

April 27:
LAAPA Faculty & Honors Concert

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!

Student of the Month - Brady Smith

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Covington School of Music student, Brady Smith takes voice lessons and is also a part of the Rock/Pop Band here at LAAPA! We recently had a chance to speak with him and learn a little more about his lessons and interests!

How long have you been taking lessons at LAAPA?
“March will be 2 years. I started in Mandeville right before the Spring recital. I was able to participate, and I really enjoyed it!”

What are some of your interests / hobbies outside of music?
“I like drawing, painting, filming and editing videos. I am a part of the talented art program at school.”

What style of music do you love to play the most?
“I like mostly pop but also older music like Motown.”

Who is your favorite musician/band/artist?
“Twenty One Pilots and Electric Light Orchestra are my favorite bands.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“Right now, I would love to be a musician when I grow up.”

What is your favorite thing about taking lessons?
“The recitals! I love being on stage performing.”

(Mom) What made you choose LAAPA?
“The initial phone call. I had heard back from a lot of the schools, but the first impression I got from LAAPA felt the best. It’s definitely worth the drive from Ponchatoula!”

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

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

Amethyst P.
Anabel V.
Annalise S.
Anushree C.
Asia B.
Athena P.
Aurelia R.
(Thanks Mary S.)
Bria F.
Camila P.
Caroline S.
Charlize K.
Connor B.
Cooper D.
(Thanks Jake S.)
Dorothy M.
Edwin L.
Elaina P.
Eli V.
Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth E.
Emma M.
Gabriele M.
George C.
Gwendolyn R.
Hadley D.
Hezekiah J.
Jason A.
Jessicca G.
(Thanks Kathryn T.)
Jolie D.
Kate L.
Katherine C.
Kayla J.
Keya P.
Leilani A.
Liam R.
Lindsay H.
Madison D.
Nick F.
Petra R.
Pili C.
Piper M.
Remy R.
Samantha G.
Sanaa L.
Savannah M.
Sean M.
(Thanks Chris T.)
Shawn D.
(Thanks Jake S.)
Skylar M.
(Thanks Jaclyn B.)
Sophia P.
Tom A.
Tuck D.
William P.
William F.
Xenia T.
(Thanks Lisa L.)

Student “Shout-Outs!”

"I have been a student at this establishment for 2 months and all I can say is that I wish I had been a student at an academy of this caliber for 20 years! The staff is comprised of friendly supportive open and informative team members on all levels. My drum/percussion instructor, Chris Hochkeppel, is a deeply talented, multidimensional teacher and musician, who in a very brief period of time has me playing 50 measures into a piece that was well beyond my capabilities just a month ago. I am a nontraditional student and a very sloooowwww learner... This Renaissance Man of an instructor just about has me reading time signatures and rhythms (and writing them almost) that were complete esoterica to me mere weeks ago! So, Moms, Dads, kids, seniors, EVERYONE, if your dream is music or dance, this is the place that will provide that skill set, if you are willing to put in the work. My husband is so impressed with my advancement on my instrument that he wants to take lessons as well! Call and schedule a class with Chris H. or any of the great instructors! You will never regret learning to play an instrument or dance. Follow your dreams and your bliss to LAAPA and Mr. Chris!”

~Alissyn H.