“Music is the craft and art of composing and/or improvising melody in counterpoint; the interplay of proportions in the field of time; the celebration of regularly recurring events.”

– Louisiana Partimento Conservatory

About Us

Louisiana Partimento Conservatory (LPC) is a charity and music trade school on the model of the great Neapolitan conservatories of the 18th century. LPC and its faculty see music as a trade best learned through apprenticeship.

LPC students are instructed and mentored in the five principles:

    1. Performance
    2. Logistics
    3. Ethics
    4. Recording and Production
    5. Community Relations.
 

All communities afford opportunity for the application of marketable musical skills. LPC students will receive training from working professionals, teachers that have and are continuing to compose and perform popular music.

All genres of music were in their time popular music. Today’s working musician needs to be well rounded; exposed to all kinds of music as well as all of the supporting jobs and career paths that support both live and recorded music business.

Students must be prepared with skills and knowledge to build and sustain a professional musical life. This includes logistical and ethical training so students grow to both embody themselves and recognize in others the traits of professionalism.

LPC understands that the learning of trades also requires passing knowledge on to others. Our programs are open to all, and students will from the beginning be encouraged to teach others what they have learned. Teaching reinforces learning. For this reason we reach out into the community to bring music and music instruction to all ages and levels of ability. LPC is an elite music program that does not require the student to be elite to enter.

Portrait of Fedele Fenaroli
Fenaroli, a Neapolitan master of partimento.

Trade School

All classes are currently meeting over Zoom.

Please download the app and then click on a link below to join.

IMPORTANT: Please update your Zoom settings before joining a class.

Instructions for setting up your Zoom software for music class:

1) Log on to your Zoom account online at zoom.us. In the left–hand column of options there is the selection ‘Settings.’ Click on this and there is a list; the item you’re searching for is ‘Show in-meeting option to Enable Original Sound from microphone.’ If this isn’t set you won’t have the selection in a meeting ‘Turn on Original Sound‘ box. This needs to be done before the meeting starts, but only ever needs to be done once for all meetings.

2) Then, while you’re in a meeting, because the audio settings aren’t available outside of meetings on some platforms. At the bottom left-hand corner of the screen is an icon of a microphone and an upward–pointing arrow (‘^‘). Click on the arrow and a menu of options will populate. The one you want is the bottom one: ‘Audio Settings…‘. Click on this and you’ll get a screen full of settings. Clear the setting of X’s or check marks near the selection that says ‘Automatically adjust microphone volume.’

3) At the bottom right-hand corner is a button labelled ‘Advanced‘, which takes you to another screen full of settings. Towards the top of this is the selection ‘Show in–meeting option to Enable Original Sound from microphone‘. Make sure it has a check or x next to it. You should also set both ‘Suppress Persistent Background Noise‘ and ‘Suppress Intermittent Background Noise‘ to ‘Disable.’

Monday and Thursday 6:00 PM CST – Beginning Piano

Presented in cooperation with Lighthouse Louisiana.

Monday 7:30 PM CST – Reading Group

Hosted by Ben Stein of York University, Toronto

Tuesday 6:00 PM CST – Vocal Workshop

With Jane Harvey Brown

Tuesday 7:30 PM CST – Piano para Principiantes

With Eduardo Leiva

Wednesday 4:30 PM CST – Harmonica Lab

Beginners harmonica class With Giulio Brouzet. You will need a diatonic harmonica in C.

Wednesday 6:00 PM CST – Beginning Piano

Thursday 7:30 PM CST – Beginning Partimento

Beginning Partimento is a class for aspiring composers and improvisers. Students are introduced to the application of Essential Motions; The Rule of the Octave; Moti; Scale Mutations; and Suspensions. Students will learn to realize and produce their own partimenti; this will provide the aspiring student with the best tools necessary for personal musical growth.

Friday 4:30 PM CST – Guitar and Fretted Instruments

With Eduardo Leiva

Friday 6:00 PM CST – “Clave is the Key” Workshop on World Rhythms

With Matthew Keegan

What is Partimento?

Partimenti, or instructional basses, were central to the training of European court musicians from the later 1600s until the end of the 1800s. They had their greatest influence first in Italian conservatories, especially at Naples, and then later at the Paris Conservatory, where the principles of the “Italian school” continued to be taught far into the twentieth century. Because learning the Italian style of music was a priority for almost any eighteenth-century musician, many well-known non-Italian composers, including Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, also studied or taught partimenti.

– Robert Gjerdingen (Prof. Emeritus, Northwestern University)
 
 
 

More information can be found at  partimenti.org.

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LPC is made possible thanks to generous donations from the community. We greatly appreciate your interest in helping us bring music to the city of Kenner.

Contact

Contact Information

Please check back soon for our updated address and phone number.

general@lpcmusic.com