Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Dartford and Bexleyheath

Tania Birch 01322 862021
Welcome to our classes

Hello, I'm Tania Birch and since 2011 I have had the amazing privilege of teaching Monkey Music classes for babies and preschool children in and around Dartford and Bexleyheath. As baby and preschooler activities go, you can't get much better than our multi-award winning classes. 

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So why choose Monkey Music?  As baby and toddler activities go, you can’t get much better than our multi-award winning classes. Despite having so many activities to choose from, parents repeatedly choose to bring their little ones to Monkey Music, often starting when their children are just a few month’s old and staying with us until they are ready to begin school.

A very good and wise friend of mine gave me some great advice when I was pregnant with my little boy - she said that one of the best gifts that we can give to our children is to encourgae in them the love of music. My family did just that for me and I can't remember a time when I didn't sing, in all sorts of situations and performing many styles of music. So, when my baby was just a few months old, I made sure that he and I had the opportunity to experience as many different musical activities as possible. And we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves along the way. The journey is by no means over and my own Little Monkey is constantly writing his own brand of funny songs, as well as nurturing an ambition to play the harp!

The first time I experienced Monkey Music I was completely bowled over. The classes really do set the benchmark for preschool activities, with an extensive, progressive curriculum that has been honed for 25 years! And the four age groups mean that babies, toddlers and young children have the opportunity to learn at a pace that is right for them, whilst having huge amounts of fun in the process.

What can you expect from a Monkey Music Class?  The Monkey Music experience has a wonderful flow and structure to it and classes have both familiar and new activities, each week building on what our Little Monkeys have learned in previous weeks. And our teachers aren’t just teachers when they are in class: they are musicians, singers, performers, actors, puppeteers, comedians, baby and child ‘whisperers’ and more. It’s our mission to perfect the art of capturing and keeping the attention of our audience so that they get the most from their weekly visit with Monkey!

Apart from the fact that our classes are a beautiful way of introducing babies and young children to the world of music, we also start them on a gentle journey down the path to nursery, kindergarten and school. We have musical activities that teach skills such as sharing, tidying up (you'd be amazed at how early children start to learn these types of skills!), socialising with other babies and children, listening and watching and of course, lots of fun and games with plenty of multi-sensory and themed props and real musical instruments. And the activities in class will give you lots of ideas for activities to do and play at home with your Little One. Our progressive, 4 stage curriculum contains more than 300 songs, musical games and movement activities and is a mixture of our own specially written songs and rhymes blended with some which are better known. 

One mum and teacher wrote, “I’m really pleased to be back at Monkey Music with my second baby. I experienced several different music groups with my eldest son and this (Monkey Music) is the best by far. The structure is very well thought through and I can already see my son growing and beginning to develop those social and group skills that will be key for him when he eventually goes to school.”

Who should bring their babies and preschool children to Monkey Music?  Well, everyone really! Mummies, Daddies, Grandmas and Granddads, Aunts, Uncles, child minders and nannies, all bring their Little Ones to class.  Monkey Music regularly becomes the highlight of the busy family week, particularly as it is a shared experience that soon becomes an important part of the family routine, with songs being sung in the car, the bath, at bedtime…You can even choose to have a Monkey Music party!

And if the time comes for you to return to work, Monkey Music is often the only regular activity that parents choose to continue with.

And when can you start Monkey Music?  You can bring your little one for their complementary class when they are just three months of age. Our beautiful Rock’n’Roll classes are designed to take advantage of your baby’s development over the weeks and months, slowly moving from the focus on you, to the ever expanding world that they just love to explore. We’ll introduce them to the world of music in a gentle but stimulating way, with lots of sensory activities, props and instruments.

And if you can’t make it to our baby classes, then you can still join the fun at any time. All children are born with innate musicality and if you nurture this early enough, your baby or child is much more likely to go on to achieve their full musical potential. And as we now know, it seems that early exposure to music, rhythm and rhyme has many benefits, particularly when is comes to developing language and numerical skills.

What’s next?  If you’d like to know more about Monkey Music’s children’s music classes in Dartford and Bexleyheath please feel free to get in touch. If you have any questions we will happily answer them for you and if you’re ready to book your complimentary class or party, just fill in the form on this page. Hope to meet you and your family very soon!

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Monday

Tuesday

Albany Park Baptist Church, Stansted Crescent, Bexley, Kent, DA5 3JB

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:00pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds

Wednesday

Thursday

Eynsford Baptist Church, High Street, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0AA

9:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months

Friday

Spital Street Methodist Church, Spital Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2DX

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:00pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds

Monkey Term Dates

Summer Term 2018

Term Starts:
Tuesday 17th April
Half Term:
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June
Term Ends:
Friday 20th July

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Tuesday 11th September
Half Term:
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October
Term Ends:
Friday 14th December

"This is without doubt the BEST baby class around!! Tania you are the BEST and the babies love you!!"

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"Monkey has been fantastic from the first lesson! Tania is amazing as well, she has so much patience with all the little ones and in turn they all love her too. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone!"

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"We have been going to monkey music for around 3 years and my daughter loves it. She has learnt so much and looks forward to the class every week. Tania is great with the kids....and adults!"

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"My daughter has been coming for nearly 3 years and loves it. The learning changes as they get older and it's hugely engaging and great for her developing love and understanding of music"

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"My daughter and I have been attending Tania's Monkey Music class now for some time and we both look forward to attending every week. When I arrive and park up my 10 month old's face lights up..."

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"We've been going to Tania's class for two years now and it's been fantastic. She works hard to ensure the sessions are varied and engaging whilst building up the children's skills and confidence. Thanks Tania"

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Celebrate with Monkey!

Celebrate with monkey and his other little monkey friends who join him singing, dancing, and playing musical party games. Monkey’s parties are great fun for children and babies of all ages. Each party is individually tailored to suit each separate occasion and always includes the birthday child’s favourite Monkey Music songs.

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"Just want to say a huge thank you for such a wonderful party...I think all parents have been in contact to say how much they and their children enjoyed 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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The Monkey Team

Tania Birch

I've been teaching Monkey Music since launching in the Dartford & Bexleyheath area in 2011. I've had the joy of welcoming many hundreds of babies and preschoolers into the magical world of Monkey, many of whom have stayed with me from 3 months to school age. Hope to meet you soon!

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 a singalong promo CD 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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