Thibodeaux School of Music in New Orleans – Review and Giveaway

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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36 Responses to Thibodeaux School of Music in New Orleans – Review and Giveaway

  1. Kasey Bealer September 21, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    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!

    • Hilda September 21, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      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… my older is 3 1/2 and my baby is one and they both love music.(it come natural to them)… great to develop skill like language, movement, and many more…..i really encourage everyone to try it……

  2. Jamie September 21, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    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. Holly MacKenna Graffagnini September 21, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    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. Erin K September 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    We are planning to take our 10 wk old to Kindermusik.

  5. Poppi Dell September 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    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!

  6. Mariann September 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    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.

  7. Kristin Stewart September 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Looks amazing we are definitely going to try it out. Thanks for all the great information!

  8. Lindsay September 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    We went to kinder music class with T-dubs! We all had a blast 😉

  9. TW September 25, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    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.

  10. Dorothy Howell September 27, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    This sounds really interesting! We understand the importance of music in our kids lives. Both my hubby and I are musicians.

  11. Carrie September 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    We love music- singing and dancing and listening!

  12. Wendy September 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    daughter loves music so I know she would love this!

  13. Danielle Vincent November 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I learned that the music classes would be good for the whole family and not just my toddler!

  14. Stephanie Galliano November 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I learned that kids of all ages can thrive with music appreciation… considering getting both kids into the program.

  15. tiffany truxillo November 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    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:)

  16. Sarah C. November 5, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    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.

  17. Amanda November 5, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I’ve learned that exposure to music makes important brain connections at an early age.

  18. Tisha November 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I learned that even the littlest kids can have a lot of fun with music.

  19. Lena G November 6, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I love the age range. Down to newborn. Wow.

  20. Jessica November 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    it’s great to find a music program that encompasses all ages!

  21. Bree November 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    My daughter loves music, singing, and dancing so this type of program would be perfect for her!

  22. Andrea Meier November 8, 2013 at 9:28 am #

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

  23. daniella November 8, 2013 at 11:13 am #

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

  24. Kristen McVeay November 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    I did not know about this ! That’s a good thing to learn !! Music Makes The World GEAUX round !

  25. Becky M November 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I love that children of all ages can be exposed to good music.

  26. Nicole F November 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I didn’t realize that music influences literacy but I believe it! The class sounds delightfully enriching!

  27. Olivia November 10, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I would love to bring my 7 month old and 4 year old…they would both benefit and love it!

  28. [email protected]&Fuzzy November 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    I would love a class where all my boys could learn together…I know that is pushing it…they are 6,3,and 6 months…but they all love music so much…we start em early

  29. Micki Andry November 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    This is something that my 17 month would absolutely love! He’s so in love with music and just is always dancing to music!

  30. amanda November 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I think this would be really fun with my 19mo old.

  31. Rudi Meunier November 11, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I didn’t realize that the school offered lessons for such a wide variety of instruments! Very cool!

  32. Dana November 11, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    We need to try this for our 2 yo! It seems like fun especially since he loves music!

  33. Lisha November 11, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I learned that classes are for children up to 7 years old. I thought it was only for infants! Good to know!

  34. Laura F November 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I learned that my children are still able to go to this – they LOVE music.

  35. maya November 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I learned that the school offers private lessons on instruments, as well as the Kindermusik program for children ages 0-7.

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