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

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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 30 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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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 30 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
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:05am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:25pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Tuesday

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

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

Wednesday

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

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:05am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:25pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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St Stephen's Crossway, Richmond Road, East Twickenham, TW1 2PD

9:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:20pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Thursday

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

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:05am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
11:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:25pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book Online

Friday

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

9:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
9:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:35am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:55am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:00pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
1:45pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
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Monkey Term Dates

Summer Term 2024

Term Starts:
Monday 15th April
Half Term:
Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May
Term Ends:
Friday 19th July

Autumn Term 2024

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

Bond with Baby and discover how music supports early development. This 5-part musical programme for newborns up to 16 weeks old is a mix of in-person classes and pre-recorded sessions delivered by our specially trained teachers and is designed to compliment Monkey Music's progressive 4 stage curriculum.
Each booking includes a kit bag with instruments and a sensory scarf to be used at home.
Book now and make new friends!

Beautiful Noise Dates Coming Soon...

Thank you for always making our Fridays so happy!"

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

'The sight of all the babies with eyes wide open in delight at the sounds and instruments is very special'

Monkey Music Mum

It has been by far our favourite class during maternity leave..... thank you so much for making it so enjoyable!!!

Monkey Music Mum

Monkey Music has been the most wonderful, magical experience for G and I and we have loved every single class.......thank you for such precious memories

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 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.

Book your Workshop here!

Monkey Workshops

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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.

Monkey Events

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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.

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!

How old does my newborn baby have to be to join the Beautiful Noise programme? Parents and carers can join our Beautiful Noise programme with their newborn baby anytime from birth up until their baby is 16 weeks old (taken from the date of their first face-to-face class).
Can my partner and I both bring our baby to Beautiful Noise? Yes, our Beautiful Noise programme is perfect for parents who attend on their own or with a partner.
How long is each Beautiful Noise face-to-face class? Each Beautiful Noise face-to-face class is an hour long. This gives everyone lots of time to settle/feed/change before the class begins and at the end of the class before leaving.
Can I feed my baby during Beautiful Noise? Yes, of course. We understand that you will want to make yourself and your baby as comfortable as possible during your Beautiful Noise class and you may feed/change/sleep whenever you feel like it!
What happens if my baby sleeps all the way through the class? Beautiful Noise has been created so that you and Baby can share precious time together whilst enjoying the class for mutual reasons and for different reasons. Our teachers understand that our youngest babies need their sleep so if your baby sleeps peacefully during your class then you will be encouraged to join in whilst they sleep close by.
Where can I find my local Beautiful Noise programme? You can click this link https://wwwapi.monkeymusic.co.uk/Beautiful+Noise/ and enter your postcode to find Beautiful Noise programmes near you. If there are no programmes happening in your local area then email hello@monkeymusic.co.uk for an update on programmes which may be opening soon.
How and when do I receive my Beautiful Noise online sessions? Our Beautiful Noise online sessions are sent via email to all members of our face-to-face classes immediately after their first and second classes. Both sessions have been created so that you can practice at home what you and Baby have learned in class.
What is in my Beautiful Noise Kit Bag? Inside your Beautiful Noise Kit Bag (a linen tote) you will find a Monkey Music wave drum, Monkey Music maracito and a sensory scarf. You will be encouraged to use these instruments and the sensory scarf at home when joining in with the online sessions.
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? Should you miss a class you are invited to contact your teacher to book a catch-up class at a later date in the same term. These are subject to availability. If your teacher is unable to teach, you will be contacted to be offered a make-up class at a later date in the same term.
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 families sing along and your children will benefit from hearing the sound of a familiar voice, no matter how good or bad! But – there is no pressure to sing because listening, watching and playing the instruments will keep you and your child busy enough! 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? This is usually possible, but we do ask that you contact your local teacher to ask permission beforehand. This is because some of our teaching rooms have maximum levels of occupancy and our teachers need to know who is attending each session, thank you.
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.
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 regular classes with Monkey Music on giving at least one month’s prior written notice to be received by your franchisee by the 1st day of the month prior to the month your next payment is due.
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please go to www.monkeymusic.co.uk/shop
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please go to https://www.monkeymusic.co.uk/franchise.
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See https://www.monkeymusic.co.uk/more-fun for more information.
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.
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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