Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts - HomePage

River Ridge
1111 Village Walk Rd
105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

New Orleans Music Lessons and Dance Classes at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts - Louisiana Icon

Now Enrolling for
Music Lessons & Dance Classes.

It's Easy to Get Started - Call us Today!


May 2019 Newsletter

Articles include, "Need Something Fun & Creative to Do this Summer?", Student of the Month - Miguel D'Elia, Student News, Don't Lose Your Lesson or Class Time this Fall!, and more!"...

Download in PDF Format

Need Something Fun & Creative to Do this Summer?

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

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! I won’t lie - it’s always hard to say goodbye especially for those of you I’ve watched get started from the beginning all those years ago. But having the opportunity to watch the culmination of your years of study, hard work, and knowing that music and dance are now an inseparable part of your lives makes up for it. Our senior recital will be held this year on June 8 - 5 PM at the Mandeville campus.

We are also bursting with excitement in anticipation of our 2019 June 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! If your children are anything like mine during the Summer, do they appear out of the blue, arms crossed, staring at you (after you just sat down to relax) and ask, “What can I do?” Do they follow you around the house each day asking you, “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 Kool-Aid 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

This Summer, Get those Fingers off Digital Devices and onto Instruments!

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

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

Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Addison Fitzmorris, recently competed in a dance competition at her school and won the Tap portion! She takes piano, voice, and musical theater lessons with Mrs. Rebecca and Mrs. Mary. Great work, Addison!

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop Dance, Music New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan, Northshore
River Ridge School of Music & Dance ballet student, Victoria Wiebelt, qualified for Nationals and won 3rd Place in the finals for the History/Academic Bee. Fantastic, Victoria!
piano lessons at Mandeville School of Music & Dance, Covington, Northshore, New Orleans

Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Hannah Sutton saved up her superior tickets and got this awesome recorder! She takes Violin with Ms. Catherine. Way to go, Hannah!

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

Covington School of Music student, Miley Farrell, has completed not 1, but 2 of her piano books! Mrs. Haydee is so proud of you Miley. Great job!

Spring Picture Day!

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

It’s time for our annual Spring Picture Day! Come dressed to impress (dancers – most costumes will be in and available for your photos, but you may also bring an additional outfit – class attire or other costume). Music students, come dressed casually or dressy – your choice. Don’t forget to bring your instrument! All photos will be taken by MillerFoto, a local, family-owned photography business that specializes in portrait photography. Learn more at millerfoto.com.

Northshore Picture Day:
Sunday, June 2nd at 12:00 PM
At Mandeville School of Music & Dance
105 Campbell Ave in Mandeville

River Ridge Picture Day:
Sunday, June 9th at 12:00 PM
At River Ridge School of Music & Dance
2020 Dickory Ave #200 in Harahan

Please note that students of all campuses are welcome to attend either picture day. Space is limited - CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

LAAPA Recording Studio!

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

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!

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 May Birthdays!

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

Students: Aaliyah R. (17), Abby D. (13), Abel G. (7), Abigail N. (11), Adam S. (9), Anabel V. (7), Annie F. (16), Ariana A. (16), Arnas M. (6), Aubrey R. (26), Aurelia R. (8), Bailey R. (11), Benjamin B. (10), Bentley C. (11), Brady D. (11), Charlie M. (9), Cody C. (15), Colby M. (18), Donald D. (53), Eli V. (9), Elliana T. (5), Emma D. (18), Evee P. (8), Faye F. (13), Gabriel N. (5), Greyson P. (7), Gwendolyn R. (5), Harmony S. (6), Hayden D. (9), Hayden W. (13), Hazel H. (9), Helen B. (7), India J. (8), Iris B. (7), Isabella E. (11), Isabella M. (12), Jaelyn J. (12), Jake F. (12), Jake T. (13), Jonathan K. (12), Joseph S. (8), Julie D. (39), Kadence S. (10), Kayla G. (6), Kelin B. (14), Lainey L. (12), Larson G. (10), Laura B. (5), Lauren C. (22), Laurent D. (30), Leana K. (8), Lena Z. (9), Lex L. (3), Liam R. (9), Matthew G. (13), Max A. (16), Mia M. (10), Myles B. (11), Norah T. (5), Opal C. (16), Paloma P. (13), Peyton C. (12), Riley S. (12), Sameen H. (14), Samuel S. (13), Savannah K. (18), Seth F. (12), Shagun A. (10), Sheldon B. (9), Sophia P. (4), Sydni G. (10), Tristan T. (10), Vivian M. (10), Xenia T. (8), Xianglong W. (27), Zachary S. (10)

Faculty & Staff: Audra A., Bradley B., Gary R., Joshua S., Peter H., Rachel T.

Video of the Month - "Hair in a Bun Tutorial for Dancers"

Mrs. Mary and Lucy demonstrate, not one, but two ways to get your hair in a bun and ready for dance classes!


Important Dates:

May 1:
Spring Music Recital Registration Deadline

May 27:
Memorial Day - No Lessons

June 2:
Northshore Picture Day

June 8 at 5PM:
Senior Recital - Mandeville School of Music & Dance

June 9:
River Ridge Picture Day

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 - Miguel D'Elia

New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville Voice Lessons

Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Miguel D’Elia, takes guitar lessons 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?
“I have been going to LAAPA for 10 years off and on, beginning with Kindermusik classes, piano and drum classes. But I have been really serious about guitar for the last 3 years. Ben Hurst has been my teacher for much of my time with LAAPA. I love playing my guitar. Ben’s patience and knowledge brings the best out of me.”

What style of music do you love to play the most?
“Mostly, I like playing psychedelic blues & 2000’s alternative rock.”

Who is your favorite musician/band/artist?
"My favorite musician is Jimi Hendrix, but I also like Bob Dylan. I have a few favorite bands: the Beatles, the Who, Owl City, All American Rejects and Coldplay.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“My hope is to be a musician. It would be so great to have a job I love.”

What is your favorite thing about taking lessons?
“I love my lessons. It’s a cozy place for me to be, I really look forward to just playing and learning new songs. Everybody is so easy going. Mr. Ben is awesome.”

What made you choose LAAPA?
“It’s the best place for the arts. The best people, best atmosphere and it’s a place you can never outgrow. I was a little boy when I first fell in love with music, now I’m a teen and it just gets better. Thanks Ben! Thanks LAAPA!”

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

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

Adonis A.
Alicia L.
Alvin P.
Amalie J.
Anthony H.
Anushree C.
Avery B.
(Thanks Corey O.)
Benjamin C.
Brigitte E.
Brooks B.
(Thanks Dan L.)
Cameron W.
(Thanks Steele A.)
Cashel R.
(Thanks Mary S.)
Daniel M.
(Thanks Johnny L.)
Eddie B.
Edith M.
Emberlee J.
(Thanks Sophia P.)
Emma O.
Emmé B.
(Thanks Brooks B.)
Eugene M.
Grayson B.
Harmony J.
Havana B.
Hayden W.
Herbert M.
Isaac M.
Isabella C.
Isabella K.
(Thanks Zoë B.)
Jack C.
(Thanks Sands Family)
Jamia T.
Jasmine R.
Johnson D.
Jonah U.
Jonathan T.
Jonathan K.
Joskar C.
Julia P.
(Thanks Ben H.)
Julia P.
Juliet S.
Justin A.
Kyle K.
Lauren M.
Liam R.
Lila C.
Linden B.
Lola H.
Mac A.
Malena N.
Marley A.
Mary B.
Matias L.
Max A.
Maya S.
Mia P.
Nicholas B.
Parker T.
Patricia S.
Quincy S.
Rachel M.
Ritha A.
Ruby M.
Serenity P.
Skylar H.
Sophia R.
Tanner A.
Zayyan J.
Zoë B.
Zoie R.
Zorie G.

Student “Shout-Outs!”

“Julia absolutely loves guitar lessons and she loves Mr. Gary! She is growing and coming out of her shell. We are so thrilled!”
~Maestri Family

“Vivian loves her lessons and her teacher, Ms. Hannah! We are very impressed with how much she has learned so quickly.”
~Arana Family

“Franki LOVES her lessons with Mr. DeMarcus! She loves sharing knowledge of what she’s working on with us!”
~Dallman Family