Wanda Cullen, Assistant Director and Director Emeritus of the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts and the River Ridge School of Music & Dance had a mission back in 1978 to help students of all ages learn the love of music through piano lessons and piano instruction.Since that time so many years ago, the River Ridge School of Music & Dance has evolved from a piano school in the back of Wanda's home in New Orleans toLouisiana'spremier,privateacademyofmusic,danceandtheperformingarts.Our music and dance faculty are hand picked by the school directors from the many hundreds of applicants that we receive annually. Great care is taken to select candidates who are not only incredible performers and excellent all around musicians, but also outstanding educators who are able to break down key concepts in numerous ways. As each student is unique in his/her learning process, this ensures that our music and dance faculty are able to have at least one way of communicating these concepts to the individual student that will be easily understood.We also offer preschool programs, rock pop and jazz band ensembles.Our dance program offers instructionforallagesin ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, creative movement, parent & tot as well as Zumba classes. We are the only dance program in New Orleans to additionally offer private coaching and choreographing for your upcoming wedding or special event!
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"Providing students of all ages with the education, inspiration, and motivation conducive to a lifetime appreciation for the performing arts since 1978."

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  • singing lessons
  • dance classes
  • guitar lessons
  • piano lessons
  • music lessons
Laapa Press Music Publishing
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Offering Music Lessons and Dance Classes in New Orleans, River Ridge, Harahan, Metairie, and Kenner. Programs for children and adults include piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, drum lessons, saxophone lessons, trumpet lessons, preschool music
Variety of Music & Dance programs including lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, electric guitar, drums, songwriting, preschool music, ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, creative movement, Zumba, and more offered to students ages birth-adult in one location in Metairie, River Ridge, Harahan, Kenner, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Largest & Most Qualified Music & Dance Faculty in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, & River Ridge who LOVE to teach. Proven track record of success - since 1978 we've helped tens of thousands of students achieve their goals in music and dance.The most technologically advanced and completely stocked lesson studios in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, and River Ridge.Our piano studios at Laapa are equipped with Yamaha, Steinway, Kawai, Young Chang, and select American made pianos. Our drum studios are equipped with Yamaha and Roland drum sets, and our guitar studios feature some of the latest amps with built in effects. Mirrors for vocalists are available in each vocal lessons studio, and all of our studios feature iPads with the latest music and dance apps for a thorough and modern approach to education. Our dance studio features full length mirrors and a custom built maple floating dance floor specially designed to reduce fatigue and prevent injuries. Free Wi-Fi is also available to everyone at the School of Music & Dance.


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