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Emma Loyns 01656 649190
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Welcome to Monkey Music Cardiff! As a professional musician, teacher and Mum, my Monkey Music career started with Monkey Music Vale & Bridgend in 2008. You can join our Monkey Music family any time- we would love to see you! Check out our timetable below to book your first free class and discover the magic of Monkey Music...

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The award-winning Monkey Music curriculum is at the heart of our classes. Delivered by trained Monkey Music teachers, supported by high quality professional instruments, resources and props. Every class is a performance for your child with live singing from our highly skilled teachers. Everyone is encouraged to participate in class, joining in with the songs isn't hard- in fact it's quite infectious! Parents, grandparents and carers of Monkey Music are often seen humming the songs around the supermarket!

 “These classes are amazing. My baby has enjoyed it since 12 weeks old and I'm convinced it has contributed to her love of all things tuneful and her excellent fine motor skills to mention a few perks. I love it too. I'm not really comfortable with groups of people this has been brilliant for my confidence too. We both have made some wonderful friends”

Our team run classes across South Wales. Check out our timetable below for details and to book a class. We also have classes available at our sister franchise in Vale & Bridgend. Your first class is free too!

Music plays an important role in early development of a child. Children are natural, instinctive music makers. As parents we naturally try to use music to sooth and calm children. Research has shown that music can aid all areas of child development. At Monkey Music our curriculum uses songs and activities that are carefully selected for each developmental stage. Learning to move to music, explore sounds and resources given to them, socialise with other babies and families, communicate effectively, develop their fine and gross motor skills though playing and dancing to music, listen to themselves and others, strengthen their memory and recall skills...the benefits of music are enormous. We offer sessions grouped according to age, ensuring a 'best fit' for your child. We teach the children the structure of our sessions right from the very first stage. There are four unique age groups, Rock'n'Roll, Heigh-Ho, Jiggety-Jig and Ding-Dong. I love to see the babies making their first visual tracking efforts and swatting at sounds. Delighting in instruments and props they have never seen or heard before. They progress to be explorers in Heigh-Ho and busy up on their feet. So much fun to be had before starting to prefer a more structured approach to their music making in Jiggety-Jig where they take turns, socialise with their peers and eagerly try to please and follow instructions. Many go on to complete the fourth stage in Ding-Dong, where they are prepared to play an instrument. They finish the final stage, Ding-Dong, being able to read crotchet, quavers and rests. Identify and try to play instruments of the orchestra, perform and compose on a variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. It really is quite amazing how quickly and how far they develop.

If you are unsure what stage your child needs or have any questions about our classes, please do get in touch. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our sessions.

About Me

I Started my career as a professional flautist and pianist. I studied flute, piano and composition at The Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czech Republic. After graduating from Royal Holloway University of London, in 2001, with a BMus(hons) degree, I came to Cardiff to study PGCE secondary music teaching which led to a very successful teaching career from 2001-2009. During this time, my two daughters were born. Maddison in 2007 and Lillia in 2008. As an educationalist I have always been interested in child development, particularly through music, and I was keen to use music with my own children to help with their own development. My teaching degree gave me experience of working with children from 3 years of age right up to 18 years but being able to attend music classes with my own babies, from such an early age, gave me more insight into how important the early years are. The fact that the Monkey Music curriculum follows the early years framework was a delight to discover and it is a pleasure to now be delivering this curriculum to children in the area both at venues and online. I opened Monkey Music Cardiff in 2017 and have been owner and teacher at Monkey Music Vale & Bridgend since 2008.

 I first became familiar with Monkey Music classes when my first daughter, Maddison, was born in 2007. There were no other activities that could provide a tailored and structured curriculum especially for my baby that met her developmental needs at each stage. Her little face when she saw the instruments, the other babies in the class and the immediate engagement with the teacher made me sure Monkey Music was the best possible introduction to music for her. I have a very strong background in music and teaching myself which led me to investigate preschool music classes as soon as she was born. In the past there had been a lack of high standard children's musical activities in the area and it was very important for me to find the right class for her.

I wouldn't be able to run my sessions without my fantastic team of teachers and administrator. This highly skilled team dedicate so much time and effort into attending training courses, planning and refining their lessons to ensure each child gets the most they can from every session. They enjoy teaching the sessions as much as the families enjoy attending and it is a pleasure to introduce them to you. Please click meet the team to find out more.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Monkey Music Family!

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS HERE!

Monday

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Bethel Baptist Church Whitchurch, Church Road (car park), Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 1AA

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
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Dosbarth Cymraeg- Whitchurch, Bethel Baptist Church, Whitchurch, CF14 1AA

11:45am
Mixed Age group between 6 and 24 months
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Tuesday

Pontcanna Scout Hall, 29 Scout Base, Park Fields Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9HX

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

Wednesday

Cyncoed Methodist Church, Westminster Crescent, Cyncoed, Cardiff, CF23 6SE

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
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Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Maes-Y-Coed Community Centre, Jubilee Gardens, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 4PP

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
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Thursday

Old Church Rooms Radyr, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Friday

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book Online

Old Church Rooms Radyr, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Monkey Term Dates

Summer Term 2024

Term Starts:
Monday 8th April
Half Term:
Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May
Term Ends:
Monday 15th July

Autumn Term 2024

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Monday 28th October - Saturday 2nd November
Term Ends:
Saturday 14th December

Bond with Baby and discover how music supports early development. This 5-part musical programme for newborns up to 16 weeks old is a mix of in-person classes and pre-recorded sessions delivered by our specially trained teachers and is designed to compliment Monkey Music's progressive 4 stage curriculum.
Each booking includes a kit bag with instruments and a sensory scarf to be used at home.
Book now and make new friends!

Beautiful Noise Dates Coming Soon...

"My two year old absolutely loves it and looks forward to each session. It is wonderful to watch him develop a sense of music and rhythm through the thoughtfully structured classes"

Monkey Music Mum

"E has grown in confidence, as his social skills developed along with listening, anticipating and language"

Monkey Music Grandparent

"These are excellent classes delivered by high quality teachers, who make every class enjoyable. They are engaging and create a very good learning environment"

Monkey Music Mum

"Monkey Music classes are brilliant. So much is learnt through singing, moving and playing. The teacher is amazing and truly makes it an incredibly fun learning experience for children"

Monkey Music Mum

"My Mum took L to class yesterday and could not get over what an incredible class it was. She’s a former music teacher and said that she couldn’t imagine a better class/lesson."

Monkey Music Mum

L and Nana love their time at Monkey music. I am jealous I can't attend anymore with L myself but you have made Nana feel so welcome, I don't think she would let me come back even if I could!"

Monkey Music Customer

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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"Thank you Monkey Music for a truly unique party and making it such a special day for my sons first birthday. Highly recommend Monkey Music parties to everyone and all my guests thoroughly enjoyed"

Monkey Music Customer

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.

Book your Workshop here!

Monkey Workshops


Summer Holiday Workshop

Monday 29th July, 9:45am
Chapter Arts Centre
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Summer Holiday Workshop

Monday 29th July, 10:45am
Chapter Arts Centre
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Summer Holiday Workshop

Monday 12th August, 9:45am
Chapter Arts Centre
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Summer Holiday Workshop

Monday 12th August, 10:45am
Chapter Arts Centre
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"Our first, and certainly not last, experience of Monkey Music workshops. What a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday festivities!"

Monkey Music Customer

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.

Monkey Events

No Monkey Events currently on our system, check back soon.

"Thank you Monkey Music for attending our techniquest event. The teacher had boundless energy and ethusiasm as ever and all the sessions were fully booked within an hour of opening!"

Monkey Music Customer

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The Monkey Team

Emma Loyns

I'm Emma and I am teacher and owner for Monkey Music Cardiff. I have had a career as a flautist, pianist and teacher and have taught Monkey Music sice 2008. I have two daughters who have outgrown Monkey Music now so I am very fortunate to be able to attend classes- as the teacher!

Bethan Thoma

I'm Bethan and I was a Monkey Music teacher in London before relocating back home to Cardiff. After an exciting career in theatre, I qualified as a drama therapist in 2022. I look forward to welcoming you to my classes and promise lots of fun and drama!

Elinor Dixon

I am a professional musician and flautist. I have attended Monkey Music classes with both my children for many years and value the real music content of the classes. I love playing my flute in class, nothing beats live music!

Julia Cooper

As a Monkey Music mum and a keen singer, I was thrilled to be given the chance to join the team in 2023. The curriculum is second to none and the reaction from the babies is so rewarding. I look forward to welcoming you to my classes.

Lizzie Dimond

I have been teaching Monkey Music since 2015. I have a professional background and training in musical theatre and love to bring lots of energy to my classes. My favourite time is the 'wow' section in Rock'n'Roll. Nothings beats the babies reactions to a show stopping performance. 

Lydia Holley

Hi I'm Lydia! I first discovered Monkey Music as a parent. I have been working as a Monkey Music administrator as I am passionate about all things Monkey Music but I am now also a fully qualified Monkey Music Teacher! I have had a varied professional career and am enjoying this new challenge. 

Nia Prosser

I'm Nia and I became a Monkey Music teacher in 2017. Its been a dream of mine after attending classes with 3 of my children and loving every minute. I'm a qualified primary school teacher with music specialism, a choral singer and a forest school qualified child minder.

Rhian Morwood

I’m Rhian. I’m very excited to be bringing my passion for all things musical onto the Monkey Music stage since 2018. I have lots of experience in musical theatre and have had many lead roles. My 3 children also share my passion for music. I adore Monkey Music!

Viki Jones

I'm Viki and I'm mum to two beautiful children, both of whom attended Monkey Music classes. I enjoyed the classes so much that when the opportunity to become a Monkey Music teacher presented itself I jumped at the chance! I love creating a nurturing environment in my classes.

How old does my newborn baby have to be to join the Beautiful Noise programme? Parents and carers can join our Beautiful Noise programme with their newborn baby anytime from birth up until their baby is 16 weeks old (taken from the date of their first face-to-face class).
Can my partner and I both bring our baby to Beautiful Noise? Yes, our Beautiful Noise programme is perfect for parents who attend on their own or with a partner.
How long is each Beautiful Noise face-to-face class? Each Beautiful Noise face-to-face class is an hour long. This gives everyone lots of time to settle/feed/change before the class begins and at the end of the class before leaving.
Can I feed my baby during Beautiful Noise? Yes, of course. We understand that you will want to make yourself and your baby as comfortable as possible during your Beautiful Noise class and you may feed/change/sleep whenever you feel like it!
What happens if my baby sleeps all the way through the class? Beautiful Noise has been created so that you and Baby can share precious time together whilst enjoying the class for mutual reasons and for different reasons. Our teachers understand that our youngest babies need their sleep so if your baby sleeps peacefully during your class then you will be encouraged to join in whilst they sleep close by.
Where can I find my local Beautiful Noise programme? You can click this link https://wwwapi.monkeymusic.co.uk/Beautiful+Noise/ and enter your postcode to find Beautiful Noise programmes near you. If there are no programmes happening in your local area then email hello@monkeymusic.co.uk for an update on programmes which may be opening soon.
How and when do I receive my Beautiful Noise online sessions? Our Beautiful Noise online sessions are sent via email to all members of our face-to-face classes immediately after their first and second classes. Both sessions have been created so that you can practice at home what you and Baby have learned in class.
What is in my Beautiful Noise Kit Bag? Inside your Beautiful Noise Kit Bag (a linen tote) you will find a Monkey Music wave drum, Monkey Music maracito and a sensory scarf. You will be encouraged to use these instruments and the sensory scarf at home when joining in with the online sessions.
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? Should you miss a class you are invited to contact your teacher to book a catch-up class at a later date in the same term. These are subject to availability. If your teacher is unable to teach, you will be contacted to be offered a make-up class at a later date in the same term.
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 families sing along and your children will benefit from hearing the sound of a familiar voice, no matter how good or bad! But – there is no pressure to sing because listening, watching and playing the instruments will keep you and your child busy enough! 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? This is usually possible, but we do ask that you contact your local teacher to ask permission beforehand. This is because some of our teaching rooms have maximum levels of occupancy and our teachers need to know who is attending each session, thank you.
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.
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 regular classes with Monkey Music on giving at least one month’s prior written notice to be received by your franchisee by the 1st day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due.
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please go to www.monkeymusic.co.uk/shop
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please go to https://www.monkeymusic.co.uk/franchise.
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See https://www.monkeymusic.co.uk/more-fun for more information.
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.
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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