Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Baldock, Biggleswade, Hitchin, Knebworth, Henlow, Letchworth, Stotfold, Fairfield Park, and Welwyn

Katherine Watmough 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.

 

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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. I am now over the moon to have become Finalist at the British Franchise Awards for my Monkey Music business!

We have launched Monkey Music at Home so we can share precious time with you all online! During the uncertainty of Coronavirus Monkey Music is providing music sessions online for babies, toddlers, and small children up to 4 years. We are also re-opening in many venues for live classes if permitted. Please view the timetable for more details. 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. 

Screentime for your little one... "It was just as if you were actually in the room. My son was mesmerized throughout, and I cannot thank you enough. He copied all the actions and he loved seeing his friends online too!"

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!

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

St Martin's Parish Centre, 15, St Martin's Road, Knebworth, Herts, SG3 6ER

9:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Monkey Music at Home. 30 minute sessions viewable Monday - Sunday., Recorded and presented by Katherine, Baldock, Herts, SG3 6ER

10:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:05am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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St Andrew's Church Hall, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0AT

9:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Henlow Park Pavillion, Groveside, Henlow, Bedfordshire, SG16 6AP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Tuesday

1st Welwyn Scout Hut, 22 Lockleys Drive, Welwyn. AL6 9LU, 22 Lockley's Drive, Welwyn, Herts, AL6 9LU

9:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:40pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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The Buffs Football Club, Baker's Close Pavillion, Clothall Road, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6PE

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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St Mary's Church Hall, Churchyard, Hitchin, SG5 1HP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Wednesday

St Mary's Church Hall, Churchyard, Hitchin, SG5 1HP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:30pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
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Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 1NX

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Thursday

Fairfield Park Community Hall, Kipling Crescent, Stotfold, Herts, SG5 4GY

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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St Mary's Church Hall, Churchyard, Hitchin, SG5 1HP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Friday

The Buffs Football Club, Baker's Close Pavillion, Clothall Road, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6PE

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book Online

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 14th September
Half Term:
Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October
Term Ends:
Friday 18th December

Term

Term Starts:
Thursday 1st January
Half Term:
n/a
Term Ends:
Thursday 1st January

"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!"

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"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!"

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

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"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 with our Holiday Workshops!

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 Events!

Join us at one of our Monkey Music 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.

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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 Watmough

Katherine, British Franchise Association Finalist 2020, 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.

Geraldine Hyman

Geraldine, an experienced teacher of 15 years and a wonderful singer is passionate about sharing her love of music.  She has seen the positive effects singing and music has had with her own two boys and loves to share this with other young children. 

As of 15 October 2020, how does the new 3 Tier alert level affect Monkey Music classes? Currently, all Monkey Music classes at Covid-secure venues across the UK remain open to adult carers who bring children who live in the same household or who are in the same bubble. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please contact your local classes if you have specific questions about Monkey Music classes in your area
What is your Health and Safety plan around Covid-19? Please see our Monkey Music Covid-19 Health and Safety plan here which details the measures we are putting in place to keep everyone safe at 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 ones sing, dance and play musical instruments. Grown ups join in the fun too!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
What if I miss my usual class? During our transition back to classes due to Covid-19, should you miss a class, or your teacher is unable to teach, you will receive a link to a special Monkey Music class to join in at home. You may enjoy this class as many times as you would like to over the week! Please speak to your teacher for more details.
What do I need to bring with me? Everything you need to enjoy our classes is made available by the teacher, however, should you prefer not to use the Monkey Music instruments provided at class (these will have been freshly santised for each customer prior to use), you may bring your own Monkey Music approved instruments purchased from our online shop or identical items bought elsewhere. You may also bring along your own small blanket for your child to sit on.
Can I bring a newborn baby too? Babes in arms accompanying older siblings are welcome in our classes free of charge, please speak to your local classes for more information.
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.
Do I have to be musical? No! Our teachers will make you feel welcome whatever your musical ability.
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! However, current Government Guidelines don't allow for sing-along activities so for the time being our classes are directed and sung by the teacher only. Customers may enjoy our songs at home by purchasing our class specific download albums or books - all available from our online shop.
Can I bring an adult friend/relative to class? Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ask that only one adult accompanies the child/children to Monkey Music classes.
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 and is a popular go-to places between classes to enjoy making Monkey Music at home.
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.
Why pay a membership fee? When enrolling in Monkey Music for the first time, a child becomes a member of our online Monkey Music Club. New members receive a Welcome Pack, including a Monkey Music T-shirt, beautiful sticker pack and milestone card 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.
How do I cancel my class booking? You can cancel your booking at any time within 15 calendar days from your booking confirmation date if you have not had face to face contact with your franchisee when making that booking. To exercise your right you must inform your franchisee in writing of your decision to cancel within the cancellation period. Notice can be provided by emailing the email address or writing to the address provided to you in the booking confirmation email, including your name, home address, details of your booking and, where available, your phone number and email address or you can print off and post or email to the email or postal address shown in the booking confirmation email a completed model cancellation form, a copy of which is available from your franchisee. In addition to the above you can end your enrolment for terms of regular classes with Monkey Music on giving at least one month’s prior written notice to be received by your franchisee by 1st day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due. For those paying termly: If you have opted to pay for classes termly this means that notice must be received by your franchisee by 1st day of the month prior to the month the next term is due to start. If you seek to terminate the contract before this date your franchisee will try to fill the place(s) you have booked with other customers but if your franchisee is unable to do so then you may not be entitled to a refund. For those paying monthly. If you have chosen to pay monthly then notice must be received by the first day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due. Provided your notice to terminate has been received by your franchisee by the 1st of the month before the next payment is due then the contract will end and you will not be required to pay the next payment.
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please click here.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click here
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See More Fun on the main website.
Do classes just run during term time? Regular classes run during term time. Many areas also run seasonal Holiday Workshops during school holidays.
How many children are in a class? During our transition to classes due to Covid-19, places are limited and will vary from venue to venue. Our maximum capacity is 15 children per class.
Do I have to pay in advance? Yes. After your first complimentary class you reserve your place and you may choose to pay for our regular weekly classes either monthly or termly. Monthly payments will be due on the 1st of a month for classes booked in that month. Customers joining midway through a month will be charged for the remainder of classes in that month. Customers booking prior to the start of term will be charged for classes in the first month of booking. Termly payments will be due on the 1st of the month that each term commences. Customers joining midway through a term will be charged on booking for the remainder of classes in that term. Customers booking prior to the start of term will be charged for the term on the day of booking. You will be notified by email ahead of each payment taken and also when payment has been taken.
How much does a class cost? Please ask at your local Monkey Music Office.
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.
At what age can my child start Monkey Music? From 3 months old.
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.
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.
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
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.

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