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Blog / Lagniappe Lessons

Over the years, our faculty have written and produced a variety of tutorials and educational content courtesy of our Lagniappe Lesson series. Content is listed with most recent articles appearing first - use the tags to sort by category.

Popular Lessons & Articles

Learn how to read music at LAAPA in Metairie, New Orleans, and Mandeville, LA Learn how to enunciate and sing clearly during your vocal lessons at LAAPA in Mandeville, Metairie, Harahan, New Orleans, LA Learn how to create a hair bun for dance students in Covington, Harahan, and Mandeville, LA. Mr. Reggie walks you through how to growl on the saxophone. Ryan walks you through creating open and closed major chords on the piano. Learn how to play the fiddle with LAAPA in Metairie, New Orleans, and Mandeville, LA

Recent Lessons & Articles

How to Play 7th chords on the piano

May 6, 2020

Piano Chords - Major, Dominant, Minor, Diminished

By Ryan T.

Mr. Ryan shares his system for learning how to play a variety of 7th chords!

Pirouettes Ballet Technique

April 27, 2020


By Desiree W.

Ms. Desiree demonstrates a quick dance class on Pirouttes.


April 26, 2020

Piano Recital Tips (for Beginners)

By Ryan C. & Vera Z.

Ryan and Dr. Vera discuss all you need to know for your first piano recital!

History of the Guitar

April 24, 2020

History of Guitar Styles - Part I

By Josh T.

In Part I of this Lagniappe Lesson series, Mr. Josh Theriot walks you through the evolution of the guitar styles from the Renaissance-Classical periods.

Tap Dance Paradiddle

March 28, 2020

Tap Paradiddle

By Savannah P.

In this edition of our Lagniappe Lesson series, Ms. Savannah demonstrates one of her favorite tap paradiddles for her dance students!

Pentatonic Blues Improvisation

February 26, 2020

Pentatonic/Blues Scale Improvisation

By Ryan T.

Mr. Ryan, Instructor of Guitar and General Music at LAAPA will walk you through how to get started with improvising over the 12 bar blues on the guitar.

Nutrition for Dancers

February 11, 2020

Dancer Nutrition, Stretching, Choreography Secrets

By Desiree W.

In this episode of our Lagniappe Lesson series, Ms. Desiree, Ms. Kaylin, Mrs. Mollie, and Ms. Savannah discuss Tips and Secrets of the dance trade for students and parents.

Language of Music

February 9, 2020

Language of Music

By Ryan C.

Discover why the author considers music to be a universal language based on traditional linguistics.

Allen & Heath SQ5 Routing with Dante

February 2, 2020

Allen & Heath SQ-5 Pro Tools & Dante Routing

By Ryan C.

In this Lagniappe Lesson video, Ryan walks through how to setup basic routing with Dante into ProTools on the Allen & Heath SQ digital mixers.

Writing a Melody in the AABA Song Style

February 1, 2020

Melodic Motives & Development

By Ryan C.

Analyze a latin jazz melody written in the traditional AABA song style format and try composing your own!

Allen & Heath SQ DAW Control with ProTools

January 15, 2020

Allen & Heath SQ-5 Pro Tools DAW Control

By Ryan C.

In this Lagniappe Lesson video, Ryan walks through how to setup the Allen & Heath SQ digital mixers with Pro Tools for DAW control.

Learn about the History of Mandeville, LA

January 14, 2020

A History of Mandeville, LA

By Staff

Learn about a brief history of the Northshore and how Mandeville, Louisiana came to be what it is today!

Learn how to care for your violin

January 12, 2020

Caring for your Violin

By Jamie H.

Check out these tips and tricks for taking care of your violin and stringed instruments.

5 Benefits of Dance Classes in Mandeville and Covington, LA

January 3, 2020

5 Ways Dance Impacts Personal Development

By Mary S.

Dance Chair Emeritus, Mrs. Mary discusses how dancers experience personal growth through their classes!

8 Ways Music Lessons Can Improve Students' Lives

December 15, 2019

8 Ways Music Lessons Can Improve Students' Lives

By Staff

Discover eight of many ways learning to play, dance, or sing can benefit your life!

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