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Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Frome, Sherborne and WeymouthAlison Bryant 01935 850541 [email protected]
Hello! I'm Ali and I'm delighted to bring Monkey Music to Frome, Sherborne and Weymouth! As an experienced Early Years Teacher and mum to a lovely and lively 3-year-old, I know first-hand how music benefits early development. I can't wait to help you and your little one discover the power of music for yourselves at Monkey Music!Read more...
I first found Monkey Music when my daughter was 8 months old and we were living in Surrey. Eagerly searching for baby and toddler activities, I booked a complimentary class with a group of NCT friends and we were fans from day one! Our amazing teacher made every Friday morning a delight and we were made to feel so welcome. Our regular weekly class also became an opportunity to catch up with friends - and make new ones. It was great to get out and meet new people and also to watch our babies' little friendships grow too.
Our little one went on to attend regular classes with her daddy and it was the highlight of their week. Despite declaring himself the least musical member of our family, he found himself singing along and enjoying each class just as much as our own little monkey. The precious time they spent together really did help their lovely bond to blossom and he would excitedly tell me about the first time she clapped along with the beat, had the confidence to try something new and even wait her turn! Meanwhile, I would be treated to our little girl singing her Monkey Music songs in the bath, the car and everywhere in between.
Having been surrounded by music my whole life, and learning piano and violin myself as a child, I was thrilled to see the enjoyment our daughter experienced by being immersed in music and her love for it at such a young age. She truly flourished through the progressive curriculum and I was amazed by how quickly I could see her develop, especially in her communication and language skills. Coming from a teaching background myself, I had already seen how music not only inspires and excites children but also how it greatly enhances their learning, and it was easy to see such fantastic educational quality amongst the fun.
Looking for a change in lifestyle and more time for us as a family, we decided to relocate to the border of Somerset and Dorset. One of my first tasks was to look into pre-school activities - and most importantly to find a Monkey Music class - but there wasn’t one for miles around. I couldn't find an alternative that matched Monkey Music in terms of quality and structure and which took into account her stage of development along the way. By then, I had been teaching for almost fifteen years and was ready for a new adventure. I loved working with children and their families, and was passionate about child development and Early Years education, but I felt it was the time to move away from a school setting. This was it! I decided I had to bring Monkey Music with us!
As parents, we know how instinctively our babies respond to music. After all, singing is often one of the first things we do to soothe, calm and play with them. Research shows that music enormously benefits their brain, providing experiences that help establish billions of neural connections and strengthen cognitive and sensory development. Studies show that babies who engage in music making and moving to music smile more, use more communicative gestures and are more confident to explore the world around them than babies whose experience is to listen more passively to music. Moving to music with our babies also triggers the release of oxytocin, the hormone that helps us bond with them. Further research has shown that playing with patterns in music helps to set firm foundations for early maths and reading skills. The overall benefits to their development are enormous!
Monkey Music has evolved with child development at its core. With age-specific classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, and an innovative curriculum that has been fine-tuned over the last 25 years, Monkey Music’s award-winning classes are tailor-made to support your child at each stage of their early development.
In each class, through magical songs, sensory props and interesting and unusual sounds, little ones receive a whole host of captivating visual and auditory stimulation. They learn to use their own instruments to make sounds and move their bodies to the music, developing co-ordination and fine motor skills, whilst carers can be reassured that instruments are designed especially for little ones and are cleaned before use to ensure they are safe in tiny hands!
Babies begin Rock 'n' Roll from 3 months in a gentle class with plenty of emphasis on using music as a lovely bonding exercise for carer and child, whilst providing social, interactive and musical learning experiences for you both.
At around 12 months our toddlers are ready for Heigh-Ho! In this exciting, up-beat class, they learn to play their instruments with greater autonomy and join in with the music by watching and responding to instructions and through their own wonderful creativity.
By 2 years, our little ones are more independent and want to play for themselves! In Jiggety-Jig we harness their sense of rhythm as they learn to play in time with the music and grow the confidence to contribute their own ideas and compositions. They learn to concentrate a little more and develop skills of sharing and turn-taking that they will take to Pre-School.
Ding-Dong, our final stage for 3-4 year olds, introduces our very grown-up pre-schoolers to the wonderful world of the orchestra! We learn how to read and write music using graphic and traditional notation and the children play their compositions to each other.
I’m so excited to be offering classes in Frome, Sherborne and Weymouth and it would be fantastic to see you there! Why not book your complimentary class and join in the fun!Read more...
Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!
Monkey Music near youBOOK YOUR FREE CLASS HERE!
The Scout Hut, Blackberry Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4DE
RISE (formerly the HUBnub Centre), Whittox Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3BY
Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, 32 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7TH
Monkey Term Dates
Autumn Term 2019
Monday 2nd September
Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November
Friday 20th December
Spring Term 2020
Monday 6th January
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Friday 3rd April
"Really, REALLY recommend this class. I absolutely love it, definitely my favourite and my boy has the time of his life"
"Nice to meet you today, what a lovely group and a great place!! My baby loved it, thank you. I've just signed up so looking forward to seeing you next week!"
"My 4 month old daughter loves this class she’s always so happy to be singing along. We’ve bought the CDs for home and will be signing up for the next term!"
"Edward and Eleanor both love Monkey music. Alison is amazing. The music really helps them get a sense of rhythm and I can see how it could help language development"
"Thank you for a fabulous party! The children loved it and we had one very happy birthday girl! She's been singing "Where Is Monkey Hiding?" all afternoon!"
"Ali from Monkey Music came to do a session at our preschool and had children aged 2-mesmerised! There was singing, dancing, musical instruments and parachute games, we would highly recommend her sessions!"
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!Send a Party Enquiry
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!
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Since they began, in 1993, over 4.8 million classes have entertained hundreds of thousands of families across the UK!
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The Monkey Team
I'm lucky to be teaching all our classes at the moment, but watch this space as more locations, venues and classes are added and the team grows!
If you are interested in joining the Monkey Music Sherborne and Dorchester team, please do get in touch!
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