“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 5:00 PM – Beginning Guitar

There are many beginning guitar methods, but LPC offers an approach that clears the path to improvisation and creative composing of guitar lines and parts against a given bass. Chords are merely a byproduct of counterpoint.

Tuesday 5:00 PM – Beginning Singing

Learn to Sing with Freedom!

SMILE; find and understand your voice and explore principles of beautiful singing.

Wednesday 5:00 PM – Beginning Bass

The bass is the melodic foundation of all improvisation and composition in music. Learn more than just how to play, but how to compose bass lines, the way to becoming a master composer/improviser.

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Monday and Thursday 6:00 PM – Beginning Piano

Presented in cooperation with Lighthouse Louisiana.

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Monday 7:30 PM – Reading Group

Hosted by Ben Stein of York University, Toronto

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Tuesday 6:00 PM – Vocal Workshop

With Jane Harvey Brown

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Tuesday 7:30 PM – Piano para Principiantes

With Eduardo Leiva

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Wednesday 6:00 PM – Beginning Piano

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Thursday 7:30 PM – 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.

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

Friday 4:30 PM – Guitar and Fretted Instruments

With Eduardo Leiva

Thursday 5:00 PM – Beginning Piano

The piano is the whole orchestra at your fingertips and there’s more to it than learning Fur Elise. Learn to play piano the way the composers learned and taught, the way to make music flow out of you as an expression of yourself. The way begins with Essential Motions and The Rule of the Octave.

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

With Matthew Keegan

Friday 5:00 PM – Beginning Drumming

The purpose of LPC’s Beginning Drum Class is to give all participants knowledge of rhythm and how it functions in music, specifically related to the percussion instruments and their role in music. Students don’t need equipment or experience in drumming to start the class. Although, a pair of drum sticks and a practice pad are encouraged. Whether the students goal is bettering their drumming, live performance, music production in the recording studio, or writing songs with more rhythmic variety; LPC’s Beginning Drum Class will give students knowledge they need to attain their goals.  

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