Thibodeaux School of Music in New Orleans – Review and Giveaway

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Kindermusik - New Orleans Moms BlogLast year, when I emailed a group of mom friends about possibly signing up for a music class, many of them worried that it would be “pointless” or silly or that our little ones (then about 7-8 months old) wouldn’t know what was going on. I decided to take the plunge anyway (and thankfully a dear friend signed up with me!), and it was such a positive and rewarding experience. Thatcher really enjoyed socializing with the other babies and exploring all of the instruments and sounds. He probably won’t remember it of course, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t get something out of it. Research has shown again and again that exposure to music – even in infancy – has positive benefits such as assisting brain cells in making vital connections, aiding in social and emotional development and influencing language and literacy skills. Plus, it’s also really fun and a good way to get out of the house and meet other moms.

We are truly lucky to live in a city as culturally rich as New Orleans. Where else do children get to hear the melodic sounds of street musicians, brass bands wandering through the mall and marching bands at Mardi Gras? Music is everywhere in New Orleans, and I think we probably all associate certain sounds and songs with this fabulous home of ours. What this also means is that there are many talented musicians who are eager and willing to share music with your family. Madeline and Paul Thibodeaux are two such musicians, and they recently opened the Thibodeaux School of Music in uptown New Orleans. The school offers private lessons on instruments, as well as the award-winning Kindermusik program for children ages 0-7. Paul and Madeline were kind enough to open their doors to one of our contributors, Courtney, so that we could share our experience with you.

Thibodeaux School of Music, as told by Courtney

The Landry family visited Thibodeaux School of Music’s Kindermusik Family Time class, which meets on Tuesdays at Kimdermusik at Thibodeaux School of Music | New Orleans Moms Blog5:30. Madeline formerly ran the Kindermusik program at Loyola, so she brings a wealth of experience. After taking off our shoes, the whole family got cozy on the floor and got to know the other attendees.  Class opened with a welcome song and it was awesome to be in a place where moms, kids and dads were singing!  Miss Madeline made everyone feel very comfortable and did a great job drawing out the young children and seamlessly guiding them from one activity to the next.  The class is designed for children ages 0-7, and even baby Cora (3 months) was laughing and having fun.  In 45 minutes, we sang, danced, played instruments and listened to a story.  Miss Madeline integrated lots of props into the singing and dancing.  Jack’s favorite was definitely the laundry baskets that were turned into “little red wagons” in the song “bouncing up and down in my little red wagon.”  What a fun activity for a young family!

In fact, at the end of the second class, Jack said “I want to come back!”

We are thrilled that one of you will be able to experience Thibodeaux School of Music by winning a free month of music classes. Please note that schedules do vary based on age, so you’ll want to make sure that this would work with your routine. The winner will work directly with Madeline to determine the best class and fit.

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Ashley is the Co-Owner of New Orleans Mom, Red Stick Mom and Lafayette Mom, now the largest network of parenting websites in South Louisiana. Proud graduates of the University of Virginia, she and her husband Blaise spent time in Tampa and Scottsdale prior to settling down back home in New Orleans, something they both said "would never happen." An avid runner, she'll try any workout at least once and is always up for sweating with friends. When she’s not shuttling her 3 very active kids to school, gymnastics or baseball, you can find her cheering for the Saints, trying new restaurants or spending time with family and friends. She's also not afraid to return mediocre books to the library before finishing them because life is too short for bad books. A native New Orleanian, Ashley loves exploring and discovering the beauty of South Louisiana through her growing children's eyes.

36 COMMENTS

  1. We hover tried music classes yet just because we had a new baby and life was hectic for a while! But we are dyin to try it with our 22 month old son!

    • music is great for children and does not matter what age because they love it……i took my 2 1/2 yrs old to kinder musik last year while my one month old baby was sleeping in his stroller in the same room…..now my older is 3 1/2 and my baby is one and they both love music.(it come natural to them)…..it great to develop skill like language, movement, and many more…..i really encourage everyone to try it……

  2. My daughter (15 months) and I attended Ms. Madeline’s Village Music Class this past Saturday and we both absolutely loved it. I have signed us up for the entire semester, and I’m sure we will continue attending beyond that. Such a great experience and wonderful opportunity!

  3. My 9 week old Maeve has been to two Village Kindermusik classes and she LOVES it!!! She is alert and absorbing everything during class. She’s currently the youngest in our class and loves to watch and listen to the older babies. It’s also a lot of fun for me to sing and move around with her. I highly recommend this for all moms and dads with their babies. 🙂

  4. I have a 3 year old who LOVES music. He tells me everyday he wants to play the drums, trumpet and banjo. EVERYDAY! My son would love this!

  5. We have tried a different music class and it was so disorganized! The instructor was not familiar with the songs and often even forgot the words! I have worked in a not-for-profit for children’s dance and music and can tell you, if the class is organized and the teacher is experienced, music and movement exposure to infants and toddlers is more than beneficial! It gives them confidence and helps them establish their own natural rhythms. We would love to check out this program and see what it is all about.

  6. I brought my children (1 and 3) to a Kindermusik-style music class out-of-state, and they both had a terrific time. My son even danced in front of me for the first time! We hope to try this music school very soon.

  7. good for all ages – and in speaking with them personally – they offer guitar lessons and first lesson is free to try it out before a investment:)

  8. I’m glad to hear you have some evening family classes… it can be hard finding similar events that fit around a working mom’s schedule.

  9. I learned that babies can benefit from exposure to music in infancy and that Kindermusik classes are fun for the whole family!

  10. As someone who played in a band throughout school, I believe music is important socially and mentally and you can never start too young!

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