Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Chichester, Havant, Fishbourne, Portsmouth & Petersfield

Emma Barnes 02394 000226

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Welcome to our classes

Hello, my name is Emma. I was inspired to launch classes here having attended with my own children.  Our age specific classes are captivating and engaging.  A welcoming setting, live singing and specialist percussion instruments enable you and your little one to embark on a wonderful musical journey together.


Welcome to Monkey Music. As a flautist, Pianist and a Mum I have been a huge fan of Monkey Music’s classes for babies and young children since attending with my own sons. Monkey Music quickly became the highlight of our week, I realised the power of music and singing in a semi structured setting as I watched my children learning to join the activities, build confidence, increase vocabulary and coordination. When we moved to Hampshire I retrained to teach classes myself.  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 

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.

Classes enhance and support the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum/Early Years Framework/Foundation Phase Framework

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 hundreds of 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 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.




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.  





Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you



Petersfield Community Centre, Love Lane, Petersfield,, Petersfield, GU31 4BW

Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Petersfield Community Centre


The Fishbourne Centre, 46, Blackboy Lane, Fishbourne, West Sussex, PO18 8BE

Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at The Fishbourne Centre


Pallant House, The Pallant, Havant, Hampshire, Hampshire, PO9 1BE

Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Pallant House


Pallant House, The Pallant, Havant, Hampshire, Hampshire, PO9 1BE

Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Pallant House


Westgate Leisure Centre, Via Ravenna, Chichester, PO19 1RJ

Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Westgate Leisure Centre

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Monday 28th October - Monday 4th November
Term Ends:
Monday 9th December


Term Starts:
Thursday 1st January
Half Term:
Term Ends:
Thursday 1st January

“Emma’s classes are fantastic as is the Monkey Music brand. My son can identify several different instruments from the orchestra as well as read graphic notation"

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"The classes are filled with fun, dancing and songs, try a class you won’t be disappointed"

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"it is such a fun and engaging class. Emma is very friendly and the class has really helped build my sons confidence not to mention his vocabulary and understanding"

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"He has a real love for music and instruments and I'm sure this is thanks to Emma and Monkey Music"

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"My daughter loves Monkey Music! The songs are just a bit different and there is such a wide range of musical instruments"

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"Our first term is nearly over and my little girl has loved the classes, such a friendly class for new mums too! Thank you"

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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!

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"We had such a good time and I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the little ones"

Monkey Music Mum

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!

" A fun and engaging session that both my children enjoyed for the entire 45 minutes"

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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.

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The Monkey Team

Emma Barnes

I first discovered Monkey Music as a parent and now I enjoy sharing that magic with others. I have been teaching classes since 2015 and love seeing children learn whilst they are having fun. I play the flute, piano and recorder. 

Esme Phillips

I have a degree in Music and a PGCE, as a qualified teacher who also works in primary schools I appreciate the value that the Monkey Music curriculum offers pre-school children. My principle instruments are clarinet violin and piano,  I can’t wait to share the fun and enjoyment of music

Anna Steyn

I have a degree in music and am a qualified music therapist, my principal instruments are flute and piano. I am passionate about using music with children because it sparks imagination and develops many skills. I love using Monkey Music to start little ones off on their lifelong journey with 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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