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Hello! We are twin sisters Ruth and Laura and we are thrilled to be offering Monkey Music’s award winning classes in Edinburgh! Our age-specific weekly classes for children aged 3 months – 4 years are full of rich learning opportunities, original Monkey Music songs and real percussion instruments which children can play along with. Join our Monkey Music family and spend precious time together as your little one discovers magical sounds, develops confidence and makes new friends.

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We have both had the privilege of working as Primary Teachers in local Edinburgh Schools for over 20 years combined. During this time we have had experience teaching across all age groups, but found our real passion was in Early Years education due to its rewarding nature and the enthusiasm, fun and curiosity young children bring to the classroom. We are both very passionate about music and it naturally played a crucial role in the day-to-day running of our classrooms. We have seen first-hand, the pure joy, excitement and learning opportunities that singing, dancing and playing instruments can bring to children. It can lift the energy in the classroom, improve concentration, boost self-esteem and develop children’s creativity, imagination and self-expression.

Our motivation to become Monkey Music franchisees began back in 2019 when we experienced our first-ever Monkey Music class with our firstborn babies. We were both blown away by the magical experience and could not believe the impact that the weekly 30-minute music class had on them. They were mesmerized by the sounds of the instruments and captivated by the teacher and music. We both loved connecting with our babies through the power of music while seeing them develop a range of skills each week through the progressive curriculum. As new mums, it was also a wonderful way to meet other parents and make friends in a safe and nurturing environment. We both feel incredibly lucky to have found a career which combines our wealth of teaching experience with our love of music.

You can join Monkey Music at any time and we would LOVE to see you at a class near you! Our team of amazing, highly trained teachers run classes across Edinburgh. We have venues in Corstorphine, (EH12 8AY), Morningside (EH10 4DP) and Stockbridge (EH3 5BN).

Check out our timetable below for more details and to book your first FREE class! Following on from your first complimentary class you will be invited to book your place at our small regular weekly class where you and your little one will learn together each week with children of a similar age. You can choose to pay for your booking on a monthly basis and we also offer catch-up classes as we know life with a little one can be unpredictable.

Monkey Music is a good fit for children from newborn to 4 years old. We offer children and their parents or carers a safe and creative space to learn through different musical experiences. Our age-specific classes have been created with your child’s development in mind and we use our own original and catchy Monkey Music songs to support all aspects of development, including language development, physical development and social and emotional development.

Rock‘n’Roll – weekly baby classes for parents and carers with babies from 3 – 12 months. This is our first stage of weekly classes and we focus on gentle songs and fascinating sounds. Our little ones learn and develop through our magical sounds and the sound of your voice. Each class is led by a specially trained Monkey Music teacher who will engage you and your baby as you bond together.

Heigh-Ho – weekly toddler classes for parents and carers with toddlers from 12 months. The second stage of our Monkey Music classes with our little ones up on their feet being musical explorers! Our catchy songs and simple dances keep our toddlers entertained whilst they make music and have fun together. Repetition and ‘having a go’ are key at this stage and our toddlers love playing their instruments whilst dancing and singing along to their favourite Monkey Music songs, especially when they are trying to find where Monkey is Hiding!

Jiggety-Jig – weekly classes for parents and carers with toddlers who are 2 and 3 years old. In this third stage of our Monkey Music classes the children are beginning to interact more with each other whilst making friends. They still enjoy singing and dancing but are now also very confident playing their instruments in the Monkey Music Band. They learn how to make music as part of a group and how to compose their own music using their favourite sounds.

Ding-Dong – weekly classes for children aged 3 and 4 with their parents and carers. In our fourth and final stage of regular weekly classes, our little ones are ready to learn to read music! They understand what they hear and now it is time to learn what sounds and music looks like written down. We introduce this in a clever and simple way using some of the Kodaly method which Monkey has adapted to fit with his favourite songs and musical activities! During these classes, our children take the lead from their parents or carers who enjoy watching their children grow in confidence through singing solos and having fun making Monkey Music together!

Book your first FREE class now. We look forward to sharing precious time with you and your family at a venue nearby very soon!

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

St Ninian's Church, 144 St John's Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8AY

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Tuesday

The Eric Liddell Community, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

Stockbridge Parish Church, Stockbridge Parish Church of Scotland, 7b Saxe Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5BN

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Monkey Term Dates

Spring Term 2024

Term Starts:
Monday 15th January
Half Term:
Saturday 10th February - Sunday 18th February
Term Ends:
Friday 29th March

Summer Term 2024

Term Starts:
Monday 15th April
Half Term:
n/a
Term Ends:
Friday 21st June

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.
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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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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.

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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.

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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.
Is there any social distancing at Monkey Music Classes? Our class set up ensures that our families participate at a comfortable social distance from each other.
Will it be necessary to wear a face covering to a Monkey Music session? Face Coverings are no longer required at Monkey Music. However, if you wish to wear one, please do so.
What is your Health and Safety plan around Covid-19? Please see our Monkey Music Covid-19 Health and Safety plan <a href="/monkey-music-covid-19-health-safety-plan">here</a> which details the measures we are putting in place to keep everyone safe at 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 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.
Why pay a membership fee? When enrolling in Monkey Music for the first time, a child becomes a member of our online Monkey Music Club. New members receive a Welcome Pack, including a Monkey Music T-shirt, beautiful sticker pack and milestone card 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.
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 terms of regular classes with Monkey Music on giving at least one month’s prior written notice to be received by your franchisee by 1st day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due.
For those paying termly: If you have opted to pay for classes termly this means that notice must be received by your franchisee by 1st day of the month prior to the month the next term is due to start. If you seek to terminate the contract before this date your franchisee will try to fill the place(s) you have booked with other customers but if your franchisee is unable to do so then you may not be entitled to a refund.
For those paying monthly. If you have chosen to pay monthly then notice must be received by the first day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due.
Provided your notice to terminate has been received by your franchisee by the 1st of the month before the next payment is due then the contract will end and you will not be required to pay the next payment.
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please click <a href="/shop">here</a>.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click <a href="/franchise">here</a>
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See <a href="/more-fun">More Fun</a> on the main website.
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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