Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Great Denham, Olney, Woburn Sands & Caddington

Kate Marston-Taylor 01908 965 865
Welcome to our classes

A big Hello! from the exciting world of Monkey Music.  My name is Kate, and I am delighted to be offering the nationally acclaimed, Monkey Music classes for babies and toddlers in the Mid and North Bedfordshire area.

Monkey and Mo can't wait to welcome you to our Monkey Music Family!

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My name is Kate and I am delighted to be offering the Nationally Acclaimed, Monkey Music classes for babies and toddlers in the Mid and North Bedfordshire area. My background is in Musical Theatre & Drama and am also a classically trained Opera Singer.

Music has always been an important part of my life from childhood to current day. From learning the Recorder, Violin and Flute at school I also began to focus on my singing which led to me being selected for the Hertfordshire County Youth Choir. At the end of my sixth form education, I gained hands on experience when I took a year out to work at a school for children with learning difficulties as a classroom assistant. This included the use of music for both sensory and development of children with special needs. My education continued when I went to university where my focus was upon performance, acting and vocal technique, I graduated with a BA Joint Honours degree in Musical Theatre and Drama.

Since university I have continued to focus my training upon opera, vocal training and performance technique and have performed professionally with Dorset Opera and I sing regularly with Chelsea Opera and Herts Opera.

In parallel I combined my interests in the world of theatre where I was the Front of House manager at The Radlett Centre in Hertfordshire. 

When I discovered Monkey Music and the opportunities it offered myself personally it seemed the perfect match for me to use my skills as a manager and as a performer to provide a wonderful resource to pre-school children in Bedfordshire.

Watching how Monkey Music classes nurtured early development skills (Social, Language and Physical) in pre-school children through exploring and playing music was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be a part of this special “Monkey Music Family.” It is and will always be a privilege to create a very magical and musical environment to watch the parent and child relationship grow before me.

What sets Monkey Music apart from all other pre-school activities, is that just like school, it works on a structured curriculum which even at 3+ months of age, your baby embarks upon a musical journey that prepares and builds a foundation for them as they grow into young children and start full-time education.

It is wonderful to watch young babies start their musical journey, being captivated by singing and activities right through to making music on their own. The classes are full of beaming little faces, lots of smiles, fun and laughter and is a family gathering for Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers.

Initially, my classes are based in Woburn Sands, Great Denham and Olney. However, it is my intention to open further classes throughout the region, so please get in touch if you have an interest in what Monkey Music can offer your child. 

Where to go?                                 

On Mondays, our Great Denham Community Hall venue is in the heart of Great Denham, Bedfordshire by the small parade of shops which includes a family run coffee shop which is perfect for a cup of coffee with Monkey Music friends after class.

On Wednesday, our Olney Venue is The Olney Centre which is on the High Street in the Market town of Olney. Olney has easy access to the M1 at junction 14, it is a popular tourist destination, perhaps best known for the Olney Pancake Race. Nearby attractions to the venue includes small specialists shops, coffee houses, restaurants including the Olney Pancake House where Monkey Music customers have 10% discount on a Wednesday on all food and Drink after the class.

On Friday, our classes take place at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands. Frosts Garden Centre is a smart, family -owned Garden Centre with homewares, gifts and a wonderful restaurant. There is a large onsite car park and access to the venue is very good.  Throughout the year Frosts also runs adult and children events throughout the year, the Santa’s grotto is a highlight of the year for children. 

What happens in class?

Monkey Music classes are delivered in a safe and secure environment with an emphasis on having fun. Each class is tailor made and designed to cover four specific age groups: -

Rock ‘n’ Roll (3+ months to 1 year)

Heigh-Ho (from 12 months)

Jiggety-Jig (2-3 years)

Ding-Dong (3 -4 years).

Within each class, elements of listening, learning, playing, singing, moving, dancing are incorporated into the songs to provide an exciting variety of children’s music activities. The songs are based around the theme of our lovely Monkey and Mo, teaching your child topics, such as; animals, weather, colours, instruments rhythms and seasonal celebrations all delivered within a structured curriculum. 

Everyone is welcome- Mum’s, Dad’s, Grandmas and Granddads, Aunts, Uncles, child minders and nannies, all bring their little ones to class. Whether you are musical or not, come along to the classes, join in with the songs, activities and see your little one in action.

If you have any questions, then please contact me at any time. I look forward to meeting you and your “Little Monkey’s” to start their journey of …Nurturing a Lifetime of music 

 

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“We love Monkey Music, my little boy is quite shy but Kate is doing a great job of bringing him out of his shell and watching his little face light up (usually happens at the end, that's when he decides he want

“Monkey Music Mum”

“George and I love this class, great music, great teacher and lovely venue too. I love that it’s focus is music rather than fancy props so not to overload my 6m old”

"Monkey Music Customer"

“A fab class so engaging for my 6 month old she really enjoys it and frosts is a perfect location as we can stop for coffee and a catch before or after the class! Thank You”

"Monkey Music Parent"

“Brilliant class, my daughter and I love our Wednesday mornings at Monkey Music. Kate is full of energy and fun and the babies all respond so well to her.”

"Monkey Music Mum"

“Fantastic class, my little one loves to join in and Kate is great at getting them to interact and engage with the music and the instruments. I would definitely recommend it to others”

"Monkey Music Customer"

“My little one adores Monkey Music! She's 2 1/2 and is getting a lot out of it!”

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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!

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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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!

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The Monkey Team

Claire Paine

I have been teaching primary school music for over twenty years and have always loved to see the magical effect music has on children’s development. I am looking forward to meeting you and starting your child’s musical journey  with Monkey and Mo.

Kate Marston-Taylor

I am a professionally trained singer in both Musical Theatre and Opera and have had experience of being both 'front' and 'back' of house in many leading roles. It is and will always be a privilege to create a very magical and musical environment for you and your child.

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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