Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Kew, Richmond, Teddington & Twickenham

Claire Slade 0208 8474031
Welcome to our classes

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!

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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

BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS HERE!

Monday

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

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Landmark Arts Centre

Tuesday

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

9:35am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:35pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
2:10pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:45pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
3:25pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at St Luke's Church

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

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Landmark Arts Centre

Wednesday

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

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at St Luke's Church

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

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:00pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:35pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:10pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Landmark Arts Centre

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

9:35am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:20am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at St Stephen's Crossway

Thursday

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

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:05pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Landmark Arts Centre

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

9:35am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
10:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at St Luke's Church

Friday

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

9:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:35pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:10pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
2:45pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book a class at St Luke's Church

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 10th September
Half Term:
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October
Term Ends:
Friday 14th December

Spring Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 7th January
Half Term:
Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
Term Ends:
Friday 5th April

"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

"Why do Claire's classes finish so quickly?"

Monkey Music Child

"I had an emotional time at our last ever class today. All my children have loved Monkey Music and it will seem quite strange not to be coming on Thursdays any more- perhaps I need to have another baby!"

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!

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!

Monkey Music
has come to town!

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!

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!

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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