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Monthly Newsletters - 2021 Music & Dance Concerts & Award Ceremonies, Families, Faculty & Staff, Student Spotlight - Caroline Tebbs, Student News, Online Lessons, and more!...

2021 Music & Dance Concerts & Award Ceremonies – Will You Be Participating?

Now Enrolling In Music & Dance Classes - Mandeville, Covington, Harahan, LA

Dear Students and Parents,

A huge congratulations to all our LAAPAFEST music participants this past month! I was personally on site at all events and was thrilled to hear some excellent performances! As in years past, 99% of our students placed in the top 3 overall rating groups meriting Superior, Excellent, as well as Satisfactory scores. Each year I tend to mention that the judges showed “tough love”. This year was certainly no exception, so please understand that all comments are meant for your personal growth and should not detract at all from the positive energy and hard work that you’ve put in with your teachers. Be sure to look at the plus signs in addition to the minus signs on the rating sheet. Ask your teacher for further guidance if you have questions about any of the judge’s remarks. If you didn’t score as highly as you would have liked to, ask your teacher for their thoughts on how you can plan for next year! Later this month we look forward to having our dance students perform their LAAPAFEST routines, and we can’t wait to see the results of their hard work as well!


I don’t know about you, but my car is sporting a yellow tint these days, and since I don’t own a yellow car that can only mean one thing. That’s right, it hasn’t rained in a while and that’s the only way it gets washed-no seriously… That delightful, golden laced air means that Spring is finally here, and before you know it, we’ll be seeing everyone (who wants to participate) on stage at our 2021 Music & Dance Concerts and Award Ceremonies!


These productions are our main events of the year, not to be missed and are open to all currently enrolled students! Many awards will be presented at each program based on the number of years students have been taking lessons at LAAPA. Every student who is performing will be recognized for his/her time of study and accomplishments. Students who compose and score their own music and/or who participated in LAAPAFEST will additionally be recognized in those award categories.

After we resume lessons from Spring break, your teachers will be ramping up planning for your personal performance goals and repertoire selections, and you can also expect formal notices to be going out very soon. Parents, please check student tote bags, assignment books, and My Music Staff digital lesson plans regularly for updates to ensure that students remain on track for preparedness!


Here is a complete list of upcoming performance opportunities this Spring/Summer for all currently enrolled students!


Our 2021 Music Concerts and Award Ceremonies will be held June 19 at Victory Fellowship - 5708 Airline Drive in Metairie for the River Ridge campus and June 26-27 at Fuhrmann Auditorium, 128 W 23rd Ave in Covington for the Covington and Mandeville campuses. To sign-up, purchase tickets, and view additional information, please visit


Our 2021 Dance Recitals and Award Ceremonies will be held the first weekend in August (August 6-8) (still finalizing venue/details) for the River Ridge Campus and August 15 at Fuhrmann Auditorium, 128 W 23rd Ave in Covington for the Mandeville campus. To sign-up, purchase tickets, and view additional information, please visit


All students may additionally opt to perform in a Virtual Concert this June (both music students or dance students). We are accepting virtual performances now through May 15! Performances will begin airing in early June prior to our in-person productions. To reserve your spot and upload your performance, visit


Tickets are currently on sale now for our music productions at Tickets for our dance shows will go on sale shortly and will also be available at within the next few weeks. We are currently limiting ticket sales to 50% of the venue capacity in line with current COVID restrictions but are hoping to open up additional seating should those restrictions be lifted within the next few months. At LAAPA, all families receive 2 FREE tickets to our music and dance recitals, so please keep that in mind when purchasing. These tickets will be sent via email to the address specified on the sign up form within a few weeks of the shows.


Of course, in case you have family and friends that can’t make the show in person or perhaps just aren’t quite ready to attend a live show yet, all of our concerts will be live streamed completely free of charge via our website at


Finally, I wanted to also mention our Upcoming Summer Music & Dance Camps which have grown in popularity each year to the point that we only have a few spots left for 2021! Several weeks are now sold out, so if you’d like to join the fun this July, I’d encourage you to check out to learn more and reserve your spot(s) now before they are all gone!


Ryan Cullen, Director

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Enroll Today for In-Person or Online Music & Dance Classes in New Orleans, Mandeville, Harahan and more

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
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Student News

Student News: LAAPAFEST!

LAAPAFEST was a huge success! We wrapped up LAAPAFEST for our music students at all three campuses and are so impressed with the skill and talent of all our students here at LAAPA! Pictured above is Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Liam B., taking his victory photo after a wonderful piano performance. Congratulations to all of our students on a job well done, and thank you to the judges who helped make LAAPAFEST possible!

Have you registered to win $100?!

Tell us all about your lessons, your music and dance journey, why you love taking lessons with the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts by creating a 30 - 60 second video! Everyone who submits a valid video will receive an Amazon gift card. If your video is exceptionally creative, it may be selected for one of our TOP PRIZES! For more information, visit Videos must be received no later than Thursday, April 15!



Casting Call!

Congrats to LAAPA’s Reese Maguire for being cast as Laurie in 30xNinety’s production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”! We’re so proud of all of our talented students!

Dance Festival!

Mandeville School of Music & Dance student, Leigha S., is preparing for her upcoming dance solo at the LAAPAFEST dance festival! All of our LAAPAFEST dance participants have been working one-on-one with their teachers to learn unique choreography that lets their talent shine. We’re so excited for the first ever LAAPAFEST Dance Festival!

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Happy April Birthdays!

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

Aaliyah P. (11), Alina L. (2), Andrew R. (26), Anisha M. (11), Annabelle R. (3), Anushree C. (15). Aryn T. (3), Ashley R. (39), Ashlynn B. (8), Ava H. (10), Beau B. (10), Brandon T. (15), Brandon S. (14), Brynn L. (13), Cassidy D. (20), Chelsea G. (10), Clarke B. (27), Coi D. (9), Cole H. (8), Danielle T. (24), Ed M. (70), Ernest A. (9), Everly V. (2), Faith M. (9), Frank H. (9), Gabriel B. (12), Gabriella P. (8), Gabrielle F. (28), Grace B. (12), Greta L. (8), Hunter B. (8), Isabella R. (14), Isabella M. (6), Jacob H. (8), Jamari F. (12), Ja'Niya H. (6), Jeremiah T. (12), Jolie P. (5), Joshua G. (18), Jude B. (11), Kaden J. (13), Kaitlyn G. (13), Kaitlyn M. (11), Kamari F. (12), Kate S. (41), Kaylee P. (5), Kayleigh G. (12), Kyleigh O. (12), Layne C. (14), Leilani M. (6), Lincoln B. (11), Linden L. (11), Luke F. (8), Lyla W. (11), Maegan H. (15), Malobi M. (12), Martha L. (53), Mary Elizabeth V. (6), Mikayla S. (18), Miley F. (9), Naomi F. (7), Neal S. (37), Nico P. (14), Oliver H. (9), Paul A. (13), Penelope W. (8), Pierre L. (8), Princess Hope B. (4), Ralph K. (71), Rayleigh H. (8), Robert R. (6), Ryli T. (13), Saige D. (10), Samantha M. (7), Samuel H. (11), Sarah C. (33), Sophia P. (6), Tara C. (48), Thalia B. (11), Warrick F. (8), William M. (3), Wylie J. (9), Zackary G. (10), Zoe Z. (4)

Video of the Month - Mandeville School of Music & Dance Musical Theater Group Perform "Seasons of Love"

The Mandeville Musical Theater group recently performed Rent's "Seasons of Love" for family and friends during a mini showcase. What a fun performance! To learn more about getting started in music or dance lessons locally or online, visit


Important Dates

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New Artwork by Michaela Howell

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 Mandeville 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!

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Students Spotlight - Caroline Tebbs

Student of the Month at Mandeville - LAAPA

This month’s student spotlight is Mandeville School of Music & Dance student Caroline Tebbs. Caroline currently studies guitar, voice and songwriting.

Outside of lessons at LAAPA, Caroline enjoys playing softball and piano. She is also in a tutoring club at her high school! Her favorite musician is Taylor Swift, and her favorite music to play is Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and other acoustic songs.

When we asked Caroline what she wanted to be when she grows up, her answer was unsurprising - a songwriter! With as much talent as Caroline has, we have no doubt she’ll be a well-known songwriter someday!

Caroline also shared her favorite quote with us: “If your dreams aren’t scaring you, you aren’t dreaming big enough!”

Thanks so much for sharing, Caroline! We’re so thrilled to have you as a member of our LAAPA family.

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

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

Abby W.
Abijah L.
Addilyn S.
Alex M.
Alexia N.
Alohn H.
Alyssa D.
Amariah L.
Anniston W.
Ariana W.
Ashly Q.
Atlas D.
Audrey M.
Avery C.
(Thanks Angelle F.)
Bella Rose K.
Bentley G.
Bill S.
Brenda G.
(Thanks Declan G.)
Cambre A.
Camille C.
Charlotte W.
Chase C.
Damien H.
Daniele G.
Derrielle W.

Eason H.
Eduardo C.
Elienai R.
Emmalyn M.
(Thanks Stacy P.)
Grace J.
Hadassah C.
(Thanks Christopher D.)
Hailey L.
Hannah C.
(Thanks Christopher D.)
Hannah W.
Hayden D.
Hazel D.
Henry P.
Hudson D.
Isabella H.
(Thanks Saheli & Sowmya M.)
Jack G.
Jack V.
(Thanks Nick V.)
Jacob E.
Jacqueline T.
Jade W.
Jaida A.
Jamari F.

Jansen Z.
Jayden R.
Jordan P.
Jordyn P
Joseph E.
Journei B.
Kadence C.
Kamari F.
Kayli P.
Lauryn C.
Lily H.
Loretta N.
(Thanks Ryan C.)
Lucas L.
Lucy H.
Luna S.
Mary Katherine L.
Mateo W.
Mayamiko V.
Mia V.
(Thanks Ariadna V.)
Milena R.
Mina P.
Neal S.
Neil Thomas C.
Nicolas H.

Nicole C.
Niko Jude N.
Nithya M.
Ny'Lia M.
Philit J.
Quinn S.
Riley G.
Roland R.
Ruby P.
Ryli T.
Samuel H.
Schylar A.
Shea T.
Sophie M.
Tanner G.
Tanyra E.
Tucker M.
(Thanks Thomas G.)
Valentina R.
Valeria P.
(Thanks Baileigh L.)
Valeria S.
Vivienne D.
Wesley S.
Wyatt H.
Zaira R.

Student "Shout Outs!"

"Hudson is loving lessons with Mrs. Angie! She has taught him so much in the time he’s been with her. I love that he’s being pushed forward in such a great way.”
~ Brown Family

“Liberty is loving lessons at LAAPA with Dr. Mark! Her favorite part is learning to play beyond the ‘basics’, and she feels that once she returns to band at school she’ll be far ahead of the curve!”
~ Osborn Family

“Blaney is having a great time in lessons with Mr. Evan. We love that he makes homework for the piano fun!”
~ Phillips Family

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