Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Baldock, Biggleswade, Hitchin, Knebworth, Arlesey, Letchworth, Stevenage, Stotfold, and Welwyn

Katherine Mayes 01462 626735

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Welcome to our classes

Hello, I'm Katherine and I am delighted to be offering Monkey Music's multi-award winning children's music classes in North Hertfordshire and Biggleswade. As a professional violinist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and also a mum of two musical boys, I am passionate about how music stimulates and helps develop children.




I studied the violin and piano at The Royal College Of Music in London gaining a BMus(Hons) and PG Diploma in Orchestral Performance and Teaching. Alongside a career performing in some of the world's top orchestras, I have always enjoyed passing on my love of music and education, teaching children of all ages. Attending pre-school music classes for babies and toddlers with my own two boys made me realize how valuable an early music education is for pre-school children. Scientific results support the importance of regular musical interaction and engagement with sounds to stimulate lifelong changes within a child's brain. I certainly believe that music can definitely have a biological effect on a child's all-round development. Here at Monkey Music, we see babies and children grow with confidence and ability as they progress through the music classes.

Why Monkey Music? Over the past 25 years, parents repeatedly choose to bring their little ones to Monkey Music for its academic superiority and magical class format, even though there are so many other activities they can choose from. Babies can start when they are only a few months old and can stay until they are ready to start school and learn an instrument. Monkey Music classes are 30 minutes long and are jam-packed with musical activities, sensory activities, learning opportunities, and specialist musical instruments. Our children's music classes are unique in having four different age-specific classes, based upon a progressive curricula including over 500 bespoke songs. Most of all though, our classes are fun and inspirational. The little ones are taken on a magical learning journey fulfilled with mesmerizing props, bubbles, specialist instruments, catchy songs and so much more. Children are always learning and interacting with other children of similar age. 

The 4 Progressive classes...Babies start off in the Rock'n'Roll class when they are starting to explore new sounds and sights and begin to track objects and respond to exciting new sounds. This class is specifically designed to stimulate all their senses using exciting colourful props, age-appropriate instruments, and fun, entertaining songs. We focus on bonding and building confidence whilst carers interact with their baby enjoying the fascinating sounds and sensory moments. These classes are perfect for sharing that special precious time together and meeting other babies and carers locally.

Heigh-Ho, from 12 months encourages our toddlers to be up on their feet, exploring and interacting with the catchy songs and rhymes. These songs are tailored to develop co-ordination, spatial awareness and for your child to enjoy feeling the pulse of the music. We focus on listening skills and language development and make lots of exciting sounds together.

Jiggety-Jig, for 2+3 year olds, is the class in which toddlers really do get to know one another. We encourage your little monkey's creative and independent processes including singing, dancing, playing instruments and composing their own songs. This really is a fun-filled musical experience for everyone, alongside building their self-confidence, social perception, and co-ordination. Children will learn important musical skills such as rhythm and pitch and will practice this together within the group.

The final stage of the amazing Monkey Music journey is Ding-Dong, for 3+4 year olds. Our children are now ready to learn and read music! they will start to recognize the different sections of the orchestra as well as learning the basics of notation. By the time your child enters primary school, they will have gained so much musical knowledge as well as important communication and life skills. Monkey Music lays the perfect grounding for them to progress to learn a musical instrument and enjoy a wonderful musical future. 

What to do now...

Please click the 'book your free class here' button so that you and your child can experience Monkey Music for yourselves. I look forward to welcoming you to the Baldock, Hitchin and Welwyn Monkey Music family!



Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

Monday - All classes available to book + watch online with Monkey Music at Home

Monkey Music at Home with Katherine, St Martin's Parish Centre, St Martin's Road, Knebworth, Herts, SG3 6ER

Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
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Tuesday - All classes available to book + watch online with Monkey Music at Home

Monkey Music at Home with Katherine, 22 Lockley's Drive, Welwyn, Herts, AL6 9LU

Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Wednesday - All classes available to book + watch online with Monkey Music at Home

Monkey Music at Home with Claire, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 1NX

Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
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Monkey Music at Home with Katherine, Walsworth Road Baptist Church, Walsworth Road, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 9SP

Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Thursday - All classes available to book + watch online with Monkey Music at Home

Friday - All classes available to book + watch online with Monkey Music at Home

Monkey Term Dates

Summer Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 20th April
Half Term:
Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May
Term Ends:
Friday 17th July

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 7th September
Half Term:
Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October
Term Ends:
Friday 18th December

"Monkey Music delivers so much more than the typical baby music offering. The real gem is your child being led by a professional musician. The class was enchanting and my baby was totally engaged too!"

Monkey Music dad

"My baby is totally captivated by Katherine's creativity and violin playing! He is entertained and engaged every week and Katherine puts a lot of time and effort in, making it fun and enjoyable for all."

Monkey Music mum

"My son loves going to Monkey Music in Baldock. I take him to many baby classes but this is by far his most enjoyable! He is stimulated and engaged throughout the class. Highly recommend!"

Monkey Music mum

"Such a fabulous birthday party for my one year old - he absolutely loved it! Thank you!"

Monkey Music mum

"It has been amazing watching our son develop through these amazing classes. At home, his favourite toys are now his instruments! Fun, friendly, and educational classes!"

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Wow! We adore these live online sessions! Katherine really does engage with my twins and the fun songs really do capture that attention! Fabulous!

Monkey Music Mum @ home

Celebrate with Monkey and Mo!

Monkey Music parties are great fun for babies and children of all ages. Parties are tailored to suit every occasion and always include the birthday child’s favourite Monkey Music songs!

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"Such a fab birthday party for my one-year-old. He absolutely loved it!"

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Holiday fun for all!

Monkey Music holiday workshops are a popular way to keep children entertained during the holidays. Unlike our regular classes where children are strictly grouped according to age, the holiday workshops cater for a mixed age group of children.

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Katherine's baby development workshop really did go down a treat! Our babies were mesmerised throughout and we learnt so much about how to interact with other babies through music.

Monkey Music
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Come along to our FREE open days and events and find out what happens at Monkey Music! Since they began, in 1993, over 4.8 million classes have entertained hundreds of thousands of families across the UK!

Book your space for some magical music making with your family. Suitable for babies and young children. Be quick! Places are limited.

Monkey Free Open Days & Events

‘Music and Your Baby’ Event
Thursday 16th July, 10:00am
Monkey Music at Home with Katherine
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Katherine's NCT Workshop was amazing! We all enjoyed her enticing violin playing and my twin daughters were totally engaged throughout the session. I really recommend the fantastic Monkey Music!!

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The Monkey Team

Katherine Mayes

Katherine owns the Baldock, Hitchin and Welwyn Franchise. She has been a professional violinist and teacher for nearly 20 years. She loves the opportunity to share her passion for both music and early years education to everyone that attends her classes! 

Claire Paine

I have been teaching primary school music for over twenty years and have always loved to see the magical effect music has on children's development. I am looking forward to meeting you and starting your child's musical journey with Monkey and Mo.

Bethany Vallory

Beth loves singing, entertaining and educating babies and young children. As an experienced teacher she recognizes the value of early development through music and has a great passion for singing. She loves to play the guitar and watch children's eyes light up as they learn through Monkey Music.

What do the classes involve? Monkey Music is an interactive award winning musical curriculum. Classes are small and tailor-made for babies and young children who are grouped according to their age. Each child is accompanied by their carer. Little monkeys sing, dance and play musical instruments. Big monkeys join in the fun too!
Can babies relate to music at such a young age? The ear is the first organ to develop fully in the womb. From five months, an unborn baby can hear the world around them. Early exposure to music encourages babies to develop their musical ear which supports all aspects of early learning and development. Just as language skills are developed early in life, so is musical talent. Regardless of the level of music aptitude with which children are born, they must have formal and informal experiences in music to maintain that level of potential.
Are the classes different for each age group? Yes. Our curriculum is structured and progressive. Rock’n'Roll: from 3 months Heigh-Ho: from 12 months Jiggety-Jig: 2 + 3 year olds Ding-Dong: 3 + 4 year olds
Are all the teachers musically trained? All Monkey music teachers are specifically trained on delivering the Monkey Music curriculum. Many of them are professional musicians and teachers.
How long is a class? Half an hour. Each 30 minute class is a significant step in our progressive curricula. Classes are carefully planned to maximise the attention span of a very young child so that they learn from sharing a rewarding, enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
At what age can my child start Monkey Music? From 3 months old.
Can I try a class before I sign up to a course? Yes. You and your child are invited along for a free complimentary class when making an initial booking enquiry.
How much does a class cost? Please ask at your local Monkey Music Office.
Do I have to pay a term in advance? Yes. After your first complimentary class you reserve your place and are invoiced pro rata for the remaining classes in the term. Families who attend our classes will often bond with their teacher and other members of their group. In order to reserve places so that everyone can be together we facilitate a termly booking system. This also encourages our families to attend regularly so that everyone learns new skills at the same pace.
How many children are in a class? Maximum 15
Do classes just run during term time? Regular classes run during term time. Many areas also run seasonal Holiday Workshops during school holidays.
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See More Fun on the main website.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click here
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please click here.
Why pay a membership fee? When enrolling in Monkey Music for the first time, a child becomes a member of the Little Monkey Club. New members receive a Welcome Pack, including a Monkey Music T-shirt and beautiful sticker pack as well as access to our online club which supports the child in their learning experience at Monkey Music. The membership fee is payable when registering each child in regular weekly classes at Monkey Music and we offer a discount to siblings who join at any stage. Siblings receive their own welcome pack and T-shirt to wear to class. Ask your local classes for more details.
Is it OK for me to take photos or video in class? No, we politely request that you refrain from taking photos or videos at class.
Can I opt out of the membership fee? No, our online club is designed to support the learning experience of children at our regular classes.
Can I bring a sibling? Yes! We offer discounts for siblings, ask your local classes for more details.
Do I have to sing along? We love it when our customers join in and your children benefit from hearing the sound of a familiar voice, no matter how good or bad!
Do I have to be musical? No! Our teachers will make you feel welcome whatever your musical ability.
Why don’t you offer drop-in classes? We value musical education as a fundamental part of early development, and as such our regular weekly classes are progressive to maximise the learning potential of each child.
Can I bring my newborn too? Yes! Newborn babies are welcome in our classes, please speak to your local classes for more information.
What do I need to bring with me? Everything you need to enjoy our classes is provided by the teacher.
What if I can’t make my usual class? You are welcome to catch up with any classes that you miss. Speak to your local classes to book a catch up class.
What makes Monkey Music classes so special? Monkey Music classes are considered a leading light in pre-school education. Come along for a free class to see for yourself what make Monkey Music classes the highlight of the week for so many families across the UK!
Why is Monkey Music more expensive than the other music groups around? Monkey Music has been established for over 25 years and is proud to have a rich musical heritage. We offer a unique and progressive learning experience for your child, which is supported by over 500 original songs and musical activities. Our talented teachers are carefully chosen and trained to offer the highest standard of pre-school music education.
Why are Monkey Music classes 30 minutes long? Our classes have been honed and developed over 25 years and are designed to fully captivate babies and young children for the duration. The very interactive nature of every class means that our little monkeys need to rest again after 30 minutes of magical music making!
What do you expect of the children, do they have to sit down the whole time? Each class is carefully structured and formatted so that every child and carer is encouraged to join in with the fun. Classes are paced according to each age group with the opportunity for little ones to be up on their feet during ‘Time to Move’ and sitting with their carers during ‘Time to Play’ and ‘Time to Sleep’. Most children quickly learn what is happening next and Monkey helps them with friendly encouragement!
Do you offer ‘mixed age’ classes? Because of the progressive nature of our curricula which is age specific, we do not offer regular weekly mixed classes. However, during the holidays, many of our teachers offer mixed age holiday workshops.

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