Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Ely and Cambridge

Katherine Watmough 01462 626735
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Welcome to our classes

We are so excited to have brought Monkey Music back to some amazing venues in Cambridge and Ely. Your safety is of course paramount to us and we want to re-assure you that although things may look and feel a little different in class, there will still be lots of fun and learning, making magical music together with your friends!

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Hello, I'm Katherine and I am delighted to be offering Monkey Music's multi-award-winning music classes in Ely and Cambridge. As a professional violinist with the BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and also a mother of two boys, I am passionate about how music stimulates and helps develop babies and children. 

Research

The ear is the first organ to develop fully in the womb and at 5 months, an unborn baby will be able to hear the world around him. Unborn babies take great comfort in their parent's voices and they will remember music and songs, that they have heard in the womb for up to 12 months after they have been born.

At Monkey Music, our babies from a very young age are developing their musical ear. In class, with singing and and action songs, they learn to de-code language, interact with each other and expand on their numerical skills.

Class length

Classes are deliberately 30 minutes in length. A lot of research suggests that any time longer than 30 minutes can be overwhelming for the babies and toddlers and they will lose focus and concentration. We ensure that this 30 minutes is jam-packed with songs, music-making and sensory activities so that your child will remain focused and enjoy every element of the class. 

At Monkey Music, babies and young children are divided into 4 age-specific classes from 3 months all the way up to 4 years old, supporting each stage of learning and development as a little musician as they travel through the innovative and unique Monkey Music curricula. This has been carefully written by professional musicians within the Early Years Foundation Stages framework. Book today and share precious time with your little one - your first class is FREE!

The 4 Progressive classes...Babies start off in the Rock'n'Roll class when they are starting to explore new sounds and sights and begin to track objects and respond to exciting new sounds. This class is specifically designed to stimulate all their senses using exciting colourful props, age-appropriate instruments, and fun, entertaining songs. We focus on bonding and building confidence whilst carers interact with their baby enjoying the fascinating sounds and sensory moments. These classes are perfect for sharing that special precious time together and meeting other babies and carers locally.

Heigh-Ho, from 12 months encourages our toddlers to be up on their feet, exploring and interacting with the catchy songs and rhymes. These songs are tailored to develop co-ordination, spatial awareness and for your child to enjoy feeling the pulse of the music. We focus on listening skills and language development and make lots of exciting sounds together.

Jiggety-Jig, for 2+3 year olds, is the class in which toddlers really do get to know one another. We encourage your little monkey's creative and independent processes including singing, dancing, playing instruments and composing their own songs. This really is a fun-filled musical experience for everyone, alongside building their self-confidence, social perception, and co-ordination. Children will learn important musical skills such as rhythm and pitch and will practice this together within the group.

The final stage of the amazing Monkey Music journey is Ding-Dong, for 3+4 year olds. Our children are now ready to learn and read music! they will start to recognize the different sections of the orchestra as well as learning the basics of notation. By the time your child enters primary school, they will have gained so much musical knowledge as well as important communication and life skills. Monkey Music lays the perfect grounding for them to progress to learn a musical instrument and enjoy a wonderful musical future. 

What to do now...

Please click the 'book your free class here' button so that you and your child can experience Monkey Music for yourselves. I look forward to welcoming you to the Baldock, Hitchin and Welwyn Monkey Music family!

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

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Tuesday

The Lighthouse, 13 Lyn Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EG

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

Histon Baptist Church, 9 Poplar Road, Histon, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 9LN

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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The Paradise Centre, Newnham Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4PY

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

Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3UZ

11:00am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Friday

Littleport Village Hall, Victoria Street, Littleport, Ely, Cabridgeshire, CB6 1LX

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

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Wednesday 14th October
Half Term:
Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October
Term Ends:
Friday 18th December

Term

Term Starts:
Thursday 1st January
Half Term:
n/a
Term Ends:
Thursday 1st January

"Thank you for inspiring my daughter to love music! Thanks to your classes we have fun memories to cherish and friends for life. Your group is fun for the grown ups too"

'Monkey Music Mum'

"Thanks for a very enjoyable first Monkey Music class today. You were engaging with great singing, songs and actions. My daughter loved it and we would like to sign up"

'Monkey Music Parent'

"Monkey Music is fantastic and it has been such a special part of our lives since my son was tiny. Although we have a long journey to class Monkey Music is well worth it"

'Monkey Music Customer'

"I remember my son's first ever class and the joy when he sat in silence with his mouth open at the sound of a rainmaker. Thank you for introducing him to rhythm, music and dance at such a young age"

'Monkey Music Mum'

"My daughter loves the classes and we listen to the CDs every single day which is why I know most of the words. We all love singing along with Monkey in the car. Monkey Music is for the whole Family"

'Monkey Music Parent'

"My son has had such a wonderful time at Monkey Music. I daren't tell him that we are unable to attend anymore. I will always recommend your classes over any other activity that we have attended"

'Monkey Music Dad'

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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"It was very special for my son to share his love of Monkey Music with his friends. A number of the parents commented on how much fun the children had playing the instruments and singing along. Thank you"

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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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"We have loved our weekly classes and are sad not to attend anymore. My daugter is so excited that we can still attend the Holiday Workshops. It will be great to sing and play music with Monkey again"

Monkey Music Events!

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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"Thank you so much! Everyone loves your sessions. Children, Parents and us. Brilliant"

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The Monkey Team

Geraldine Hyman

I'm Geraldine and I teach weekly Monkey Music classes in Hitchin, and Cambridge. I am a professional singer and experienced early years teacher. Monkey Music is the perfect way to combine my love of music and teaching. I hope to meet you soon.

Laura Walsh

I am Laura and I am a trained singer and music therapist, holding a Master's in Music therapy. I adore sharing my passion of music with young children and love how music helps support their natural development. I can't wait to see you at class!

As of 15 October 2020, how does the new 3 Tier alert level affect Monkey Music classes? Currently, all Monkey Music classes at Covid-secure venues across the UK remain open to adult carers who bring children who live in the same household or who are in the same bubble. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please contact your local classes if you have specific questions about Monkey Music classes in your area
What is your Health and Safety plan around Covid-19? Please see our Monkey Music Covid-19 Health and Safety plan here 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? During our transition back to classes due to Covid-19, should you miss a class, or your teacher is unable to teach, you will receive a link to a special Monkey Music class to join in at home. You may enjoy this class as many times as you would like to over the week! Please speak to your teacher for more details.
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 our customers join in and your children benefit from hearing the sound of a familiar voice, no matter how good or bad! However, current Government Guidelines don't allow for sing-along activities so for the time being our classes are directed and sung by the teacher only. 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? Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ask that only one adult accompanies the child/children to Monkey Music classes.
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 here.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click here
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See More Fun 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. You will be notified by email ahead of each payment taken and also when payment has been taken.
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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