Summer Term 2017
Monday 24th April
29th May - 1st June
End of Term:
Friday 21st July
No class in Petersfield on 1st May or Farlington on 7th June.
Autumn Term 2017
Monday 11th September
23rd - 27th October
End of Term:
Friday 8th December
Welcome to Monkey Music Chichester and Petersfield. My name is Emma Barnes and I have been a huge fan of Monkey Music’s classes for babies and young children since attending with my own family. Monkey Music quickly became the highlight of our week, I realised the power of music and singing as I watched my children learning to join in the activities, build confidence, increase vocabulary and coordination. When we relocated I needed a family orientated career and retrained to teach classes myself. I work with two very talented and musically qualified teachers, Nathalie and Anna. We are delighted to offer Parents, Grandparents and Carers of Pre School Children, Toddlers and Babies the same musical learning experience, education, resources, activities and entertainment that my family enjoyed.
A little bit more about Monkey Music’s award winning pre school classes in Chichester and Petersfield
Emma and Nathalie both have musical backgrounds. Emma as a Flautist and Nathalie a professional actress and singer with a Degree in Performing Arts. The classes run by Monkey Music Chichester and Petersfield are open to children aged from 3 months to four years and gently introduce musical activities, musical resources, singing and learning experiences to children in a way that they can easily understand and enjoy at each stage in their development. This ensures that they are having fun and enjoying themselves whilst learning, even though they don’t realise it.
Every class is grouped by age. Sensory and stimulating visual experiences combined with gentle singing and lullabies are the focus during baby sessions. Movement and language development for busy toddlers and for our 2-3 year olds independence and self expression is encouraged through musical interaction.
Every Monkey Music Class in Chichester and Petersfield is limited in size to ensure that each child and family has the opportunity to reach their learning potential and each class follows a structure with resources that becomes familiar as we progress through the term.
The class highlight activity is often ‘Time to Play ' when each child has the opportunity to play along with the song using a variety of real percussion instruments. Parental support is often needed for the small babies but activities and resources are well planned to support learning and development during each and every song , from our youngest baby through to our oldest pre schooler.
Monkey Music Chichester and Petersfield use three hundred traditional and original songs, nursery rhymes, games and musical movement pieces throughout the syllabus to keep your family captivated and enthralled as they embark upon their pre school musical journey.
It’s not just about the Music
Babies in the womb are capable of hearing noise and recognising parental voices as early as 11 weeks. All children are born with instinctive musicality which needs to be encouraged at a pre school age if they are to reach their maximum potential. Some parents may question whether their baby or toddler possesses such instincts, however we have yet to meet a child who doesn’t light up when offered a drum to beat or a maraca to shake with the rest of the group.
Early introduction to music whether it be listening, singing a song or playing has a wide range of educational benefits. Language and numeracy are learnt through the repetition of action songs, poems and nursery rhymes. Fine motor skills are developed when playing hand held percussion instruments. Spatial awareness, co-ordination and social skills are refined during musical movement activities.
Very often a child that has spent the entire first class rooted to a carers lap will grow so rapidly in confidence and self esteem that they are quite able to collect their own instruments and participate fully in the same song or activities a few weeks later simply by understanding the structure and routine, knowing what to expect, and feeling part of a group and being involved in the experience. Our specialist teachers are selected not only for their evident musical talent, but also for their ability to nurture and empathise with young children.
Monkey Music and Parents
It’s not just about the child either, Monkey Music classes are planned to be an interactive enjoyable, social activity for the whole family. Many lasting friendships are formed at our classes. There are many advantages of a termly sign up, most importantly it gives your child the best chance to become familiar with their surroundings, activities and the format of the class and build week after week upon their learnings. The other benefit of a termly sign up is that your family will meet with the same families again and again enjoying the same shared experiences.
Monkey Music Workshops and Parties
As well as our weekly term time classes we also run workshops during the school holidays. This is a great opportunity for those children who can’t attend during term to come along and join the fun. Its also a chance for older siblings who are at school, kindergarten or nursery during term time to come along and join as a family activity during the holiday.
We also offer parties which are great fun for children,toddlers and babies of all ages. Each party is individually tailored to suit each separate occasion and always includes the birthday child’s favourite Monkey Music songs. Parties can include percussion playing, fun props and parachute activities. Themes can also be incorporated.
Monkey Music at Nursery
Monkey Music also works well in nursery and kindergarten settings, our specialised teachers can be booked to come into your setting bringing our quality instruments and resources and run bespoke activities to suit your kindergarten or nurseries own requirements.
Get in Touch
If you would like any more information about Monkey Music Chichester and Petersfield and our unique combination of musical fun and learning in a stimulating friendly environment please get in touch. We would love to welcome your family for a complimentary trial at one of our classes where you can experience the magic of Monkey Music for yourself and meet the other local families that enjoy our sessions every week.
Come join the musical fun and find out what makes Monkey Music so special for parents, babies, toddlers and pre school aged children, we look forward to meeting you and your little monkeys.