Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Harpenden and St Albans

Melissa Bridge and Kate Peck 01582 767146
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Hello and welcome to Monkey Music! We are Kate and Melissa and we are very excited to bring you Monkey Music at Home, our live and interactive classes in Harpenden and St Albans! Our online classes for babies and online classes for toddlers use live streaming to inspire your babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to continue their music education at home.

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Monkey Music at Home encourages development at every stage in a fun and engaging way - full of laughter, singing, playing instruments and of course a chance for you to spend precious time together at this time.

We both thoroughly enjoyed attending Monkey Music classes with our own children; they loved playing all the real musical instruments and investigating the colourful props and they still enjoy the songs today!

Monkey Music is a very social activity for the parents too and classes are a friendly and welcoming place to meet new friends. There are cafes within easy reach of all our venues so you can enjoy time together afterwards too.   We are passionate about developing children’s natural musicality and we aim to make Monkey Music not only the highlight of the child’s week but also that of the parent, grandparent or carer.

Monkey Music’s Happy History in Harpenden

Back in 1997, Monkey Music groups for babies and toddlers at Harpenden Musicale were the very first of the classes to be launched outside London, and Harpenden remains the heartland of Monkey Music, being the home of our Head Office. We continue to enjoy a close association with Harpenden Musicale and many of our little monkeys continue with their music lessons at Musicale when they start school.  Indeed our daughters are two of them! We welcome families from the wider Hertfordshire area too.  So whether you’re looking for children’s activities in Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Markyate, Flamstead, London Colney or Hatfield, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Monkey Music’s unique progressive structure

Every week is different at Monkey Music!  There are over 500 original and traditional songs, a huge variety of interesting props and real instruments used in the classes that are held throughout the UK.   The thing we believe that makes Monkey Music different though is the progressive nature of each of the four curricula that build on each other and meet the developmental needs of the babies and children at each stage.  The curriculum provides an engaging, fun and structured introduction to music and singing at whatever stage they join Monkey Music.

Babies can start Rock‘n’Roll classes from three months and the curriculum is based around developing their sense of the world around them and understanding cause and effect.  We have specialist instruments designed for tiny hands and the first shake of a maraca is a big moment! Songs about everyday activities help babies understand what is going on around them and give parents and carers lovely songs to sing at home during daily life.  Magical lullabies, gentle unusual sounds, bubbles and sensory props capture their attention and light up their eyes.

When babies are about one year old and start to move, they are ready for Heigh-Ho classes, which have been designed for toddlers up to two years old.  The classes are fast and energetic to match this fun and action-packed age.   There is developed instrument playing, including the introduction of beaters to the drums and learning to stop and start on cue to the music.  They explore the space around them and start to learn to share with their friends.  There is lots of singing, moving and dancing with themes and repetition that encourage toddlers to communicate with their carers and develop their gross motor skills in clapping to rhythms and dancing to songs they know and love. 

Jiggety-Jig classes are designed for two and three year olds to explore musical activities in more detail and join in a bit more independently from their parents.  Everyone is still encouraged to sing and play along together and more complex concepts are introduced such as listening and interpreting the music, taking turns and singing together.

Our Ding-Dong pre-school classes are for three and four year olds to start learning to read music and experience using the instruments of the orchestra for the first time.  Our teachers encourage the children to be more independent of their carer to help prepare them for the next stage of formal nursery or school.   Children start learning to compose, sing and listen in groups and on their own.   They gain confidence in following instructions carefully, playing the instruments sensitively and performing independently in front of the group and taking turns.

The Classes

Our class sizes are small and grouped according to age, meaning that each 30-minute class is packed full of new learning opportunities and not a moment is wasted!   New topics are explored every other week using different props and songs. Each class contains singing, a movement/dance section and playing of percussion instruments. A FULL instrument kit means that every child is given an appropriate instrument necessary for making music rather than just ‘a noise’! Our classes are very interactive, we encourage parents and carers to join in with their children. They are a great chance for you to spend some special time together, the more you get involved the more you gain from the experience. The Monkey Music class experience also extends beyond the 30-minute sessions as parents and carers go home armed with lots of music knowledge and ideas! Our teachers are trained and assessed nationally before being authorised to teach Monkey Music classes and receive ongoing training and support on the curriculum.

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

The Maltings Arts Theatre, The Maltings Arts Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3HL

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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Tuesday

The Salvation Army Harpenden, The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TG

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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Wednesday

The Salvation Army Harpenden, The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TG

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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The Maltings Arts Theatre, The Maltings Arts Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3HL

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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Thursday

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Friday

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Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 21st September
Half Term:
Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
Term Ends:
Friday 11th December

Term

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

Kate, you are a brilliant teacher - the best monkey music teacher we have had! You are so engaging and brilliant at getting everyone involved, my child has developed so much as a result - so thank you!

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My 2 year-old daughter LOVES Monkey Music! Having been to classes run by Kate and Helen, both are fantastic teachers with a magical way that really engages the little ones!

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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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We arranged a Monkey Music party at home to celebrate my son's first birthday. It was just perfect, and everyone had a brilliant time! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a Monkey Music party!

Rebecca Prebble

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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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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The Monkey Team

Kate Peck

Kate teaches in St Albans and is delighted to bring classes to the area where she first discovered the magic of Monkey Music with her own children. She brings great energy and a passion for introducing children to the exciting and rewarding world of learning with music, laughter and special moments.

Anna Chambers

Anna is a trained actor and musician, a stunning singer and a mum to Tilly. She is a natural at engaging with children and babies in a gentle and inspiring way and believes her passion for music education and career as a performer all started when she attended Monkey Music as a child!

Helen Morfitt

Helen is a professional actor and mum of three with natural warmth and an infectious personality. Her extensive career includes West End Startlight Express and many other TV and film roles in Casualty, Footballers Wives and EastEnders among others! She brings bags of energy and love to her classes.

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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