Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Kew, Richmond, Teddington & Twickenham

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Monkey Music face to face classes will be back for the autumn term! Sessions will be smaller than usual so they feel safe and personal and we will have online options too for those who aren't quite ready to join us yet. Please register your interest on our waiting lists and we'll be in touch to confirm your space. Look forward to seeing you soon!

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Welcome to Monkey Music in Kew, Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington where we have been providing award-winning, pre-school music classes to local families for over 20 years. Our age-specific, weekly classes are taught by specialist teachers, they are entertaining, educational and perfectly paced- designed to nurture a lifetime love of music!

I studied double bass and piano at the Royal College of Music and enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career as a double-bassist before the birth of my eldest child.  I soon realised that the late-nights and long distances associated with the life of a professional musician were not going to work with the demands of a young family and when a friend introduced me to Monkey Music, it seemed like the perfect way to combine a career in music with my new life as a mum!  I started teaching for Monkey Music in 1997 and  bought one of the first franchises when the company franchised in 1999.  My children are now in their teens and twenties but I still get the same buzz from working with little people and watching them discover the joys of music- there is nothing better!

I have a team of wonderfully talented, inspirational teachers who work alongside me, using our innovative, four-stage curriculum to engage the youngest of babies and work with them and their carers through their pre-school years to establish a real love and understanding of music.  Monkey Music encourages and nurtures natural social and musical skills and ensures that every child benefits from the positive effects of music.  Fine motor skills are refined whilst language and numerical skills flourish through action songs and rhymes.  Awareness of space and one another is developed through gentle dance and movement and there is plenty of opportunity for the little ones to experiment with instruments and make music of their own.  As they progress on their Monkey Music journey, songs and activities focus on building imagination and social skills and children explore rhythm, pitch, tempo and melody.  They begin to make a connection between the music they hear and the music they read and get practical, hands-on experience of the instruments of the orchestra, paving the way for a bright musical future.

Our classes are small and friendly and we would love to welcome you and your child for a free trial session.  Just give us a call or send an email and we will be happy to answer any questions you have and arrange a complimentary class.  We look forward to meeting you and you little monkey soon! 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN

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

St Luke's Church, The Aveune, Richmond, TW9 2AJ

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:45pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:30pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
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Wednesday

St Stephen's Crossway, Richmond Road, East Twickenham, TW1 2PD

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book Online

Thursday

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN

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

Friday

St Luke's Church, The Aveune, Richmond, TW9 2AJ

9:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:45pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:30pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book Online

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 21st September
Half Term:
Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October
Term Ends:
Friday 11th December

Term

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

"I want to thank you for everything you do to make children love music!"

Monkey Music Mum

"This is by far the best music class (or indeed baby class!) that we have attended"

Monkey Music Carer

"It's the end of an era! Thank you so much for all the fun sessions over the years- you and Monkey will always have a fond place in our family"

Monkey Music Mum

"You reign supreme in the delivery of musical inspiration to the pre-school child!"

Monkey Music Dad

".....as professional musicians, we have really appreciated the quality of the classes and content....."

Monkey Music Mum and Dad

LOVED the class this morning! Please could I book into the full term?

Monkey Music Mum

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 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

Claire Slade

Claire has been a Monkey Music teacher for over 20 years and has welcomed thousands of little monkeys to her classes in Kew during that time.  She plays the double bass and piano and has a teenage daughter and a grown up son.

Alena Fletcher

Alena joined the team last year.  Originally from the Czech Republic, she is an amazing pianist and mum to a 2 year old little girl.  She teaches in St Margarets and has already built up a loyal following of little monkeys there!

Harry Nesbitt

Harry hails from a background of TV and film and has been teaching Monkey Music for 5 years in Teddington where she has hundreds of little monkeys attending her classes each week.  She plays the violin, flute and piano and has two young children- both of them have been to Monkey Music!

Lynn West

Lynn has been part of the team for over 15 years and runs classes in Kew, Twickenham and Teddington.  She is mum to two grown-up boys, a parenting coach and a keen singer- her amazing soulful voice is legendary!

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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Posted 16/09/20

Hooray! Face to face classes start again in all our venues from Monday.  Class sizes have been reduced in line...

Posted 04/08/20

We are working hard to get Monkey Music back in to our classrooms just as soon as it is safe to do so.  Until then...

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