Los Alamos Native Madeline Thibodeaux Opens Pajarito Music, Teaches Kindermusik and Ukulele – Los Alamos Reporter
Madeline Thibodeaux strums her ukulele in her Pajarito Music studio. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
Dozens of musical activity items are waiting to be used by children up to age seven. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
Madeline Thibodeaux is delighted with her Kindermusik lessons which start on Wednesday. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
BY MAYOR O’NEILL
Madeline Thibodeaux, originally from Los Alamos, returned to the community with her family and opened her music studio Pajarito where she offers Kindermusik lessons for ages 0-7 and ukulele lessons for ages 7+, including including adults.
Kindermusik is an early childhood music and movement class based on the latest brain research.
“Our goal is not to create child musicians, but rather child musicians. We focus on the overall development of the child, using music as a medium for this development. Music touches all areas of the brain, making it the perfect vehicle for learning in all areas,” Thibodeaux said. “Besides, it’s fun!” So kids just think they’re playing and having fun, but we adults know how much their growing brains are training.
She says the ukulele is the perfect instrument for a beginner musician.
“It has four strings, which makes it more accessible than a guitar for those little fingers. Kids can get good at it quickly, which boosts their self-esteem and motivates them to keep practicing,” Thibodeaux said. “In our ukulele lessons, we learn to choose melodies as well as strum chords and sing.”
Its philosophy of education is that people’s lives are enriched by music, whether they make a career out of it or not.
“My goal as a teacher is to inspire confidence in my students. I’m their biggest cheerleader! she says.
Thibodeaux also teaches Kindermusik in the county’s five elementary schools. Between that and her studio classes, she has a fairly busy schedule. She said Kindermusik is very personal and intimate with lots of one-on-one connection. Children three and under come with a parent or adult to help them.
Kindermusik is very personal and intimate, there is a lot of one-on-one connection and also with the three and under group, they come with a parent or adult to help them.
Thibodeaux left Los Alamos to attend the University of New Orleans where she earned a degree in music education. She taught for two years at a middle school outside of New Orleans and discovered that teaching this age group was not her thing, although she enjoyed the students and the whole teaching aspect. When she discovered Kindermusik, she was delighted to be on her own. She first opened her studio in 2010 and was about to celebrate her 10th birthday when COVID hit. She transitioned to virtual classes and eventually the family decided to move back to Los Alamos. Two of his brothers, Ryan and William Finn live in Los Alamos.
Young participants in one of Madeline Thibodeaux’s previous Kindermusik courses. Courtesy picture