Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Dulwich Village, East Dulwich, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill & Norwood

Rebecca Maskell 020 8291 4092
Welcome to our classes

A mother of four and a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where I studied the piano and cello, I was the first franchisee for Monkey Music. I continue to love teaching, taking great pleasure in seeing parents return to my classes again and again - one mother is on her 6th child at Monkey Music!

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Monkey Music Dulwich and Herne Hill enjoys an excellent reputation in the local area and was one of the first pre-school children’s music activities of its kind. Our music classes have offered a consistently high quality musical experience to young children since 1997.

Both the founder, Angie Coates and Rebecca Maskell attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They have nine children between them! Since then it has gone from strength to strength without compromising our high standards.

Monkey Music isn’t just about singing songs and dancing. Thought goes into the presentation of songs and activities with the inevitable benefits of speech development as well as vital listening skills, which can only assist the children in the school years ahead. Singing, and feeling confident to sing is a joy often lost as we grow older and become more inhibited, so our relaxed approach can also benefit the carers that accompany the children to the classes!

So Why Monkey Music?

Monkey Music’s teachers in Dulwich and Herne Hill undergo a rigorous training procedure before embarking on their own classes. All have a sound musical background as well as bringing their own individual skills to the classes enabling them to easily communicate to very young babies of three months up to pre-school children of four years. Jo Napthine and Beckie Topsom join me in presenting high quality, value for money classes in the local area.

Monkey Music provides excellent resources to support the material such as high quality percussion instruments – not toys, which provide appealing and clear sounds which young children can easily appreciate and comfortably listen to. Visually stimulating props bring alive the songs to make learning fun and stimulating.

During our Monkey Music classes in Dulwich and Herne Hill we sing original songs as well as traditional nursery rhymes in four separate classes according to their age in order for the children to benefit and learn as much as possible from the experience.

Monkey Music is Fun For All

Joining a pre-school music class like Monkey Music is much more than a 30 minute weekly dose of singing along. Parents, grandparents, nannies and child minders enjoy the classes just as much as the children and often make lifelong friends in the process.

So What’s Next?

All you have to do now is give us a try! We offer a free complimentary class to whet your appetite and give you the opportunity to see what we have to offer. Word of mouth is a powerful tool and most new babies and pre-school children attend our classes because it has been recommended by a friend. As parents ourselves and Monkey Music teachers we do our best to offer fun, quality music classes and an exciting learning experience come rain come shine!

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Punk Me Up Ceramics Café, 34 East Dulwich Rd, London, SE22 9AX

9:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
10:35am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Punk Me Up Ceramics Café

Tuesday

Goose Green Community Centre, 62A East Dulwich Rd, London, SE22 9AT

9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Goose Green Community Centre

Francis Peek Community Centre, Dulwich Park, London, SE21 7BQ

9:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
10:35am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Francis Peek Community Centre

Wednesday

St Faith's Community Centre, 62 Red Post Hill, London, SE24 0BZ

10:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:35am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at St Faith's Community Centre

Thursday

Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, London, SE24 9HU

9:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
9:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:15pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Herne Hill Baptist Church

Friday

Edward Alleyn's Clubhouse, 83-85 Burbage Rd, London, SE249HD

10:35am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Edward Alleyn's Clubhouse

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 3rd September
Half Term:
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October
Term Ends:
Friday 7th December

Spring Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 7th January
Half Term:
Monday 18th March - Friday 22nd March
Term Ends:
Friday 29th March

"Beckie is a really wonderful teacher - I like how she chats to the babies and refers to them by name throughout the session. It’s been my favourite class to attend with both my children"

Monkey Music Mother

"I always look forward to Monkey Music. I think you have a fantastic talent. Without your charisma and energy, I mean without you Rebecca, it wouldn't be the same."

Monkey Music Father

"We really enjoyed our first Monkey Music session - it was so lovely and calm and the babies were completely mesmerised by Jo's beautiful voice. We will definitely be signing up for the full term - thank you!"

Monkey Music Mother

"Beckie is always such an enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable teacher. If we are ever blessed with a brother or sister for Charlotte I will be back in a shot!"

Monkey Music Mother

"My nanny mentioned that you were impressed with Chloe playing along in time today. I would have to credit that to your excellent tuition. I strongly believe that her love of music is down to your classes."

Monkey Music Mother

"I just don't know how on earth we did not try this before, I absolutely love it. We were made to feel very welcome and Rebecca is an excellent teacher. It is the best music class I have seen for my daughter."

Monkey Music Mother

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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"Thanks so much for such a lovely party! I have no idea how you can entertain a room full of babies for a whole hour. Everyone was full of compliments and it’s nice to see you get all the daddies involved too.”

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.

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"Thank you Monkey Music for a really entertaining 60 minute summer holiday workshop. Both my girls have really missed Monkey Music since starting school and they loved coming back with their baby brother."

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

REBECCA MASKELL

Rebecca is a mother of four and a graduate of  The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied the piano and 'cello. Rebecca has taught Monkey Music classes for over 20 years and still loves every minute of it. It's a special treat when her 'cello goes too!

BECKIE TOPSOM

After training as an actress, Beckie worked for Radio 5 Live as a broadcasting assistant and then a production runner for Walt Disney. Beckie attended Monkey Music with her two children before becoming a Monkey Music teacher. Everybody loves Beckie’s enthusiasm and personal touch.

Bethan Maddocks

Originally from Cardiff, Bethan studied Acting at Rose Bruford College and is a professional singer and musician. Having worked with children for many years, Bethan brings her bubbly personality to the classes and loves seeing children learn and develop in a fun and relaxed environment.

JO NAPTHINE

Jo trained at The Guildford School of Acting. Jo has previously starred in numerous West End shows including Mamma Mia, Sister Act and Jerry Springer the Opera. Jo has an infectious personality and wonderful sense of humour and puts her heart and soul into 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 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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Posted 13/06/18

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