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School of
Music & Dance
River Ridge
School of
Music & Dance
(985) 590-4545
(985) 674-2992
(504) 738-3050
1111 Village Walk Rd
105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA
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River Ridge Music Lessons & Dance Classes

While there are now many music and dance schools in the River Ridge, Harahan, Jefferson, and Greater New Orleans area, the River Ridge School of Music & Dance is the city's oldest. We are the only performing arts school in the area to offer the most complete variety of music and dance programs - see our complete listing below! 

The beginnings of the River Ridge School of Music & Dance came to be in the late 1970’s when Assistant Director, Director Emeritus, and Founder Wanda Cullen began teaching piano lessons in the back of her River Ridge home in 1968 (DBA Wanda Cullen, School of Music).  In 1982 she hired a second piano instructor (Associate Director, Russell Tucker), and then a third, etc. In the school's early days, piano lessons in the River Ridge area were the only programs offered.  Word of the piano lessons spread quickly, and Wanda moved her school to its first commercial location known as “River Ridge Music School” on Jefferson Highway above the Village Inn Restaurant. At that time additional programs such as violin, guitar, voice, as well as brass/woodwinds began to be offered at the school. As growth continued and space increasingly became tight, the school moved two other times including to Jefferson Highway behind St. Matthew the Apostle School in River Ridge.   

The school moved to its present 3000 square foot location on Dickory Ave. in early 2010 and now provides music lessons and dance classes to hundreds of students and families each week. 

The school also provides private lessons in piano, guitar, drums, violin and voice during the day on the campus of Stuart Hall School for Boys in New Orleans. 

All of LAAPA’s faculty members have a minimum of a university degree in music with many holding master and doctoral degrees. Instructors are chosen not only for their qualifications, but for their ability inspire and motivate the students.  

Stop by our school campus to see all that we have to offer! 

Programs offered just outside of River Ridge, LA include dance classes, ballet classes, hip hop classes, tap classes, jazz classes, piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, singing lessons, vocal coaching, violin lessons, bass lessons, trumpet lessons, flute lessons, saxophone lessons, drum lessons, jazz studies, jazz band, choir, ensemble, preschool music classes, viola lessons, cello lessons, composition lessons, theory classes, and ear-training classes.

River Ridge School of Music & Dance
Jefferson Parish
(LAAPA's nearest school of Music for the city of River Ridge, LA)

2020 Dickory Ave. Ste. 200
Harahan, LA 70123
504.738.3050 (office)
(E-mail this School)
504.541.0964 (fax)

Take a virtual tour of our River Ridge, LA campus below!

Academy Hours of Operation:
With the exception of school holidays, concert days, and other special events, the following regular schedule applies to all campuses:
Monday - Thursday

Telephone Hours
9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
School Office/Class Hours
1:00-9:00 PM


Telephone Hours
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
School Office/Class Hours
1:00 PM-7:00 PM


Telephone Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School Office/Class Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Please note that during holiday breaks, the office will be open on a limited schedule between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is always best to call the office before dropping by the Academy during holiday breaks to ensure that we're open.