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Mandeville School of Music & Dance
105 Campbell Ave #3
Mandeville, LA 70471

Our Mandeville campus on the Northshore has helped thousands of kids, teens, and adults develop their love for playing, singing, and dancing!

About Our Music School and Dance School in Mandeville

Located minutes from the Causeway, Old Mandeville, Highway 59 and I-12, LAAPA's Mandeville campus is centrally located in Western St. Tammany Parish and serves over 500 students and families from all over the Northshore including Hammond and Slidell, LA.

We also love seeing our dedicated Mississippi students who commute from Carriere, Picayune, and Gulfport, MS.

What To Know When Getting Started

Kids in Mandeville learning to play, dance, and sing.

If you're just beginning to conduct research online to find the best music and dance instruction near you here in Mandeville, we realize that it can possibly be overwhelming! All local music teachers and dance studios are not the same and tend to structure and prioritize learning in many different ways.

So what makes our school stand out from the crowd you may be wondering? With LAAPA's roots here in New Orleans since 1978 and on the Northshore since the early 90's, thousands of students have played their first notes or put on their ballet slippers for the first time with us!

With over 40+ years in education, we have studied how students learn and continuously adapt and upgrade our course offerings, teaching methods, faculty hiring procedures and facility resources to tailor the experience to the needs and interests of a wide range of student personalities and backgrounds.

We understand that not all students learn in the same way and come to us for a number of different reasons. Our faculty are hired for their abilities as patient, fun, and inspirational mentors who will customize lesson plans for each of their students ensuring maximum success. Our growing collection of in house (LAAPA Press) teaching methods are not only used in our school but in schools and studios across the country.

As we believe that a comprehensive education in music and dance should include more than just a weekly lesson, we offer a number of additional complimentary classes and perks such as weekly music theory classes, strength and conditioning classes, free recording time annually in our Pro Tools studio, 2 free recital tickets annually, unlimited makeup workshops, community classes. All of these additional classes and perks are completely optional for students, but they are here to use whenever you are ready to take advantage of them.

For your convenience, we've provided a list of all programs offered for our Mandeville school below. If you're a brand new beginning student or parent, we highly recommend first checking out the "Explore Music" and "Explore Dance" links below before proceeding to the individual programs. Feel free to skip ahead to the specific programs below if you already know exactly where you'd like to begin!


Choose to Attend Online or In Person

Live Online or In-Studio Lessons and Classes

While many schools and studios around the world are playing catch up to begin offering distance and remote "virtual lessons" online for their students, LAAPA and the Mandeville School of Music & Dance have been teaching online since 2012!

No matter what program you may be interested in starting for the first time or (as in the case for our adult students many times - picking back up where they left off), our teachers have the technology in their studios to meet with you in person or remotely.

Need to attend online one week due to a last minute scheduling change or health concern? No problem! Will you primarily attend online like to attend occasionally in person while you're in town? Great, we'd love to see you in person whenever it's convenient for you!

If online learning is something you've been considering, it's important to compare apples to apples as the term "online lessons" means many different things. For example, there are now many companies promoting online lessons which are nothing more than a series of video tutorials and/or apps. Content like this is already freely available on YouTube and does not offer any personal interaction with a live instructor.

With online learning, be cautious and selective! It's pretty easy to find any number of random/out of state teachers and corporations marketing their online courses everywhere. Keep in mind, that they don't actually have a physical, local presence here on the Northshore, in Louisiana (or likely anywhere for that matter)! By taking online music or dance classes at LAAPA, you're supporting local Louisiana artists and musicians!

We encourage you to take a moment to take a virtual tour of our 4,000 sq ft facility if you haven't done so already or learn more about getting started in online lessons!


Student and Parent Success Stories

We're so thankful for Mandeville School of Music & Dance. We just moved to the area from California and wanted to sign our 3 yr old daughter up for dance classes to meet new friends and learn something new. Miss Desiree is absolutely wonderful. She made the class feel warm and inviting from the very beginning! The parent tot class is a wonderful balance of learning new skills and also allowing the children to be playful and expressive in their own unique way. We're so thankful for Miss Desiree and this program. Would highly recommend it to any families with young ones!

Kelsey O. ~ Mandeville, LA


My daughter has been a student at LAAPA for 5 years under the care of Carolyn Russell. We feel so incredibly blessed to be part of the LAAPA Family. Carolyn, especially, is an amazing teacher and not only coaches, but leads our daughter as a mentor. Hailey absolutely loves attending class each week and looks up to Carolyn as a teacher & friend. Hailey has grown tremendously vocally & in confidence. We are so proud to be part of LAAPA!

Emily S. ~ Covington, LA


Mr. Ben is such a great teacher! He's so patient with our son and everyone at Mandeville School of Music & Dance is so nice. Our son has sensory issues, as well as ADHD and we couldn't ask for a better drum teacher than him! It's easy to schedule and find the perfect program for your child.

Jeanne B. ~ Metairie, LA


My daughter was interested in piano but still nervous about starting lessons. The very first lesson that she took with Mr. Russell, she was immediately hooked. She was smiling and excited about learning piano! He is the best! At the end of each lesson, I get to see what she learned that day. She gets so excited to show me what she learned. I know these lessons will stay with her a lifetime. I'm so happy that she found something she loves and looks forward to.

Anne M. ~ New Orleans, LA


My son enjoys his class so much that he begs me to take him to Ms. Hannah's music class every day. She is not only patient but also passionate in teaching. She provides exposure to various musical instruments and styles to her students. We are very fortunate to have her as our music teacher!

Nick P. ~ Harahan, LA


Why Enroll with the Mandeville School of Music & Dance?

  • Convenience of Attending Online or In Person
  • Widest variety of Music & Dance Classes Available on the Northshore
  • Detailed attention to sanitation and cleanliness with all equipment and instruments sanitized between classes
  • Sterilized HVAC systems installed with Global Plasma Solutions utilizing NPBI (Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization) technology (also trusted by the White House, Google, Harvard University and more)
  • Local, Personable University Trained Faculty
  • Programs for Kids, Teens, and Adults from Brand New Beginners to Advanced Students
  • Unlimited Makeup Workshops for Missed Classes for all Current Students
  • Complimentary Music Theory, Strength & Conditioning, & Masterclasses throughout the year
  • Complimentary Hour of Recording Studio Time Annually for all Current Music Students
  • Original Teaching Methods written by our Faculty and Published by our In House Press
  • Regular (Optional) Performing Opportunities for All Students
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Questions? Click below to check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Call, text or email - we're here to help Monday-Thursday 8 AM - 9 PM, Friday 8 AM - 7:30 PM, and Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM.

Please note that during holiday breaks, the office will be open between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is always best to call the office before dropping by the Academy in person during holiday breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

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