Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Cheltenham and Gloucester

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Hello, I'm Sian and I've been running Monkey Music Cheltenham & Gloucester since 2002 - when we were the first franchise to open outside of London. I attended classes there with my children and fell in love with how inspirational they were; from the colourful props to the original songs and interactive musical section - it was just so creative and fun.

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Having been an amateur singer from an early age, music has always been deeply important to me and I love to share that.

When I became a mum I knew I wanted my children to share in that too – and that’s when I heard about Monkey Music in London, where I lived at the time.  I loved it - and how wonderful and inspirational the classes were. It was so creative and so much fun, for the children and for the parents too.

When I left the capital, I took Monkey Music with me, opening the first franchise outside of London where it had been so successful.  That was more than 15 years ago. I’m now a mum-of-three and I have never looked back - I love my job each and every day. I feel so lucky to share the magic of Monkey Music with so many families. There is never a dull day, the children are a constant joy and their enthusiasm is infectious!

I’m supported by a wonderful group of teachers, all musicians who are equally passionate about the benefits of music on young minds (keep reading to learn more about the team!).

I love the way that every child starts to enjoy the wonders of music; it helps them to explore their creative side and develops their confidence.

Monkey Music follows a unique teaching curriculum written by classically trained musicians, designed to introduce music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy.

We run weekly classes across Cheltenham and Gloucester for babies from 3 months to children of 4 years. They are all small and tailor made, grouped according to age.

We start with Rock n Roll – gentle songs and absorbing activities for babies from 3 months. Toddlers then move to Heigh Ho, getting up on their feet and exploring props. Our two and three-year-olds learn to sing, dance and play instruments in Jiggety Jig, while our biggest monkeys head to Ding Dong, where they learn to understand musical patterns and recognise notes.

Each 30 minute class is full of energy - captivating the children using a winning combination of catchy music, percussion instruments, visual props, boundless enthusiasm and lots of opportunities for the children to experiment with instruments and make music of their own. 

It’s about letting our children have fun with music whilst enhancing development, listening, concentration, confidence and social skills.

The benefits for children speak for themselves – but there are benefits for our grown-ups too, be they parents, carers or grandparents. It’s a wonderful way to share those previous early years and a whole lot of fun too - meeting other parents and carers at the same time.

We’d love to welcome you!

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Highbury Congressional Church, Oxford Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6DU

9:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book a class at Highbury Congressional Church

Up Hatherley, St Philip & St James Parish Church, Cold Pool Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HX

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:05am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Up Hatherley

Tuesday

Bishops Cleeve Community Centre, off Church Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 8LR

9:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:40am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Bishops Cleeve Community Centre

Bourton, George Moore Community Centre, Moore Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 2AZ

2:15pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
3:15pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Bourton

Wednesday

Charlton Kings, Sacred Hearts Church Hall, Moorend Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9AU

2:00pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
2:40pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Charlton Kings

Thursday

Leckhampton, Emmanuel Church, Fairfield Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7PJ

2:10pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
2:45pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
3:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Leckhampton

Friday

The PlayFarm, Unit 8a The Brewery, Henrietta Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4FA

10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at The PlayFarm

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 2nd September
Half Term:
Monday 21st October - Friday 1st November
Term Ends:
Friday 13th December

Spring Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 6th January
Half Term:
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Term Ends:
Friday 3rd April

“Monkey Music has been an inspiration to us over the years. I have seen my son transform into the music loving, dancing, singing and confident boy he is now"

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“Monkey Music Cheltenham and Gloucester has been the best activity I have done with my son, I will treasure the memories I have of the sessions. Thank you!”

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“A note to thank you so much for giving Emilie such an amazing time at Monkey Music. We are all sad that her time with you has come to an end. Thank you for making Mondays so special!" Monkey Music Mum

Monkey Music grandmother

“Thank you for teaching my two girls for the last 5 years. Your lessons are educational and fun, the girls have learnt so much and you have helped them on their journey in readiness for school"

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“Monkey Music has really ignited a love for music and rhythm with both Oliver and Max. Max is going to learn the violin in September and Oliver loves practising on Daddy's trombone - he's actually pretty good"

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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!

Send a Party Enquiry

"Thank you for making Ellie's 2nd Birthday Party such a roaring success. Monkey Music was loved by everyone - especially Ellie! I can't wait for her next birthday! Thank you"

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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.

Book your Workshop here!

"What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays - it was fantastic to continue our Monkey Music experience during the summer break with such a fun workshop. It was the highlight of our holidays".

Monkey Music
has come to town!

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.

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The Monkey Team

Karley Ferris

Hi, I'm Karley and I've been teaching Monkey Music for the past 12 years, having taken my own 3 children to classes in Cheltenham. 

Music and performance is a huge part of my life and something I'm really passionate about.  I can't recommend it highly enough!

Vicki Edwards

Hi, I'm Vicki, and I've been teaching Monkey Music for over a year now having attended classes with my two boys (and falling in love with Monkey!).

I love every aspect of music;  I play the piano and bass guitar and sing in a local band.  Going to work is wonderful!

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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