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

Melissa Bridge and Kate Peck 01582 767146
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Welcome to our classes

Hello and welcome to Monkey Music! We are Kate and Melissa and we are very excited to bring you classes in Harpenden and St Albans, 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!

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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.

What’s next?

We would love to welcome you to one of our classes and your first one is complimentary so you can experience the fun and magic of Monkey Music for yourself!  If you have any questions or would like to talk about which stage would be best for your child, please do feel free to contact us.  We would love to hear from you and introduce you to our teachers and other local mums, dads, babies and toddlers in the Harpenden and St. Albans area. Classes are currently held in Harpenden and St Albans and we will also be opening new sessions in the future covering the areas of Fleetville, Redbourn, Wheathampstead and Sandridge.

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

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

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months Next Term
9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds Next Term
10:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months Next Term
10:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months Next Term
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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 This Term Next Term
10:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months Next Term
Book a class at The Salvation Army Harpenden

Wednesday

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

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at The Salvation Army Harpenden

Thursday

St Albans Tennis Club, Jersey Lane, St Albans, AL4 9AE

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at St Albans Tennis Club

Friday

St Albans Tennis Club, Jersey Lane, St Albans, AL4 9AE

10:05am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
10:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at St Albans Tennis Club

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

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:05am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at The Salvation Army Harpenden

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November
Term Ends:
Friday 13th December

Spring Term 2020

Term Starts:
Wednesday 8th January
Half Term:
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Term Ends:
Friday 3rd April

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!

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

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 Pritchard

Anna is a trained actor and musician, a stunning singer and a mum to Tilly, 11 months. 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!

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 beautiful sticker pack 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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