The most successful musicians are often referred to as having a "unique voice" or "easily recognizable sound." Even though they may be guitarists, pianists, drummers, vocalists, violinists, etc. This is because the human voice is arguably the most diverse, naturally occurring instrument in terms of possible tones, timbres and ranges. Every human voice is unique in some way which means it's a fantastic instrument for you to train, develop, and share with others!
LAAPA offers one of the most established programs for voice lessons and singing lessons in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, River Ridge, Covington, Mandeville, and the surrounding areas. The vocal department was instituted in the mid 1980's and has grown to a faculty of over 26 voice teachers across three campuses in the Greater New Orleans area.
We teach hundreds of lessons in voice each week to kids, teens, and adults adding up to tens of thousands of lessons taught per year - more than any other private voice teacher or studio in New Orleans! Our faculty members are routinely referred by schools and other music professionals in the area because of the fact that our students receive lead roles within a variety of performance settings at the elementary, high school, and collegiate level. Our vocal department also successfully prepares students interested in becoming voice majors for acceptance into university music programs.
We understand that not all students are interested in becoming music or professional vocalists. Our teachers are all selected not only for their outstanding credentials and teaching abilities, but most importantly for their abilities to meet and relate to students where they are in their training. Not all students are the same, and our instructors make it a point to customize each lesson to the needs and interests of the student!
A brand new five year old student who wants to learn to sing "Frozen" from Disney will have a very different lesson than a high school student preparing for an audition and singing a classical aria or perhaps a Broadway musical number!
Private weekly sessions of 30, 45, or 60 minutes are available. All vocal students at the Academy focus each week on the development of their range, ear training, stage presence, singing on pitch, breath control, vibrato, tone production, enunciation and more. Between the ages of 5 - 11, the vocal chords have not yet fully matured, and thus instructors take care to focus on repertoire that is both fun and enjoyable while still nurturing to the developing voice. As the voice matures at the age of 12, students are introduced to additional repertoire such as classical arias/etudes, broadway, pop, and jazz selections, and of course any particular pieces the student is interested in learning!
Watch an introductory voice lesson on "diction" from our Lagniappe Lesson video series to help you get warmed up!
Voice/Piano Lessons (ages 5-adult) are also available and provide students with solid foundation in piano studies as well as voice with a 60 minute private lesson (covering both voice and piano within the time period).
About our Faculty:
The Voice Faculty at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts hold degrees from some of the best universities for vocal pedagogy in the country including Loyola University of New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, Tulane University New Orleans, Southeastern University, Berklee College of Music, the University of Miami, the University of Denver, Florida State University, the Manhattan School of Music, Louisiana State University, and more. The faculty at LAAPA use a variety of nationally recognized texts such as 24 Italian Songs and Arias, Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Kid's Musical Theatre Collection, Full Voice Workbook Series, and various others depending on the interests of the student. Our teachers are also active performers and perform locally with various groups around the city of New Orleans.
All Inclusive Music Theory Program:
When learning to sing, just as in any music program, it is of the utmost importance to become proficient in reading standard music notation. In order to ensure that our students are receiving a well rounded education in their lessons, they all have the option of attending our music theory classes (held weekly for 45 minutes) free of charge. Topics include (but are not limited to) note reading and writing, rhythm, harmony, chord structures, basic understanding of the piano. Again, there is no extra charge for the theory classes since we strive to make this additional training available to all of our students, however attendance is completely optional and theory training may be completed weekly in the student's private lessons. Students have the option of attending this class online or on campus.
As in all of our programs, our students have several opportunities to perform each year. Our regular recitals are held each June and December in state of the art auditoriums. We regularly add new performances from our recitals to our YouTube channel which you can watch here!
Some frequently asked questions regarding voice lessons that we receive include:
"What happens during voice/singing lessons?"
During your voice lessons, you'll most often begin by warming up with a series of quick lyrical patterns that ascend and descend to relax and condition your voice. After that you'll be singing a variety of songs depending on age and interest. Stage presence, posture, diction, breathing, and (of course) pitch are all topics on which you'll be focusing during each lesson!