When owner of Miss April's Musical Arts Studio April Hamm was a kid, her first piano teacher placed Skittles onto the piano whenever April played well. Though she doesn't tempt her students with sweets, April finds other ways to make music education fun. For children from newborns to 4-year-olds, she teaches music and movement classes, combining dance and playing percussion instruments with singing kids' favorite songs.
During her other classes, April instills students with music-reading skills by helping them learn their favorite traditional, popular, and classical songs on piano. In her computer-lab sessions, she even uses computer programs to teach kids music theory and songwriting skills.
Zesty aromas of jambalaya, gumbo, corn crab bisque, and pralines fill the air of the New Orleans School of Cooking. It's here where a talented team of local chefs share their culinary insights while teaching the basics of Louisiana cooking with flavorful fervor. Since 1980, scores of well-known talent have demonstrated bayou?style cooking in their home base: a renovated French Quarter molasses warehouse, originally built in the 1800s.
Like their building, the dishes they teach are part of long-standing New Orleans traditions. Their demonstrations cover dishes from gumbo to jambalaya to crawfish etoufee. As they teach, the chefs weave in elements of local history, trivia, and legend, too, painting a portrait of the city that extends beyond its edibles.
"What do you want to create?" That is the question posed to each of New Orleans Paint N Party's visitors. During the studio's energetic parties, local artists teach visitors to put brush on canvas, creating colorful projects such as streetcars and city skylines. The staff keeps it simple. They greet each visitor with a presketched canvas and a trove of supplies, including brushes and paints. New Orleans Paint N Party also invites its customers to bring along food and potable beverages; they'll even supply the wine opener, ice bucket, ice pick, and drinking glasses.
Lakeview Creative Arts is a progressive school that focuses on education while having fun. The creative process in all children is something to be explored, and we strive to foster the creativity in all of our students through music, dance, and karate instruction.
Besides sharing fluency in the language of music, the instructors at the New Orleans Academy of Music all have one thing in common: they are all graduates of the College of Music at Loyola University. The academy hires only Loyola graduates—especially those with a focus on music education—to lead its private music classes, believing that they uniquely understand what it takes for students to develop their musical ability. Studying one-on-one with the musical experts, students of all ages and abilities learn to master everything from classical piano's twinkling chords to jazz guitar's melodious improvisation, with many younger students often accepted into schools of higher study after working with the team.
Rather than teach you to navigate camera buttons and menus inside a stuffy studio, American Photo Safari takes students of all skill levels on an adventure where they learn to photograph while touring historic parts of New Orleans. As small groups stroll on foot through the French Quarter or past the Garden District's mansions and aboveground cemetery, local professional photographers teach students one-on-one how to capture stunning images using any type of camera. Sessions last 2.5 hours, though American Photo Safari also offers a 4-hour version of its French Quarter tour.