Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Kingston & Surbiton

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Welcome to Monkey Music Kingston, Surbiton and Thames Ditton.  My name is Karen and I am excited to show you just how amazing our online music classes are for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from 3 months to 4 years. These recorded classes can be streamed in your home and are so much fun for the whole family.

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I started dancing and singing at the age of 3 and was lucky enough when I was 16, to attend Bird College in South East London for three years where I studied all aspects of dance, musical theatre, singing and drama.

After college, I performed the Can-Can in Cophenhagen, danced at huge festivals with a techno band in Europe and sang pop in pubs and clubs throughout the UK.

Following a few years of being sensible and working in an office in Central London, I had my babies, first Matilda and then, 2 years later, Edith and of course, loving music myself, I started looking straight away for a baby music class.

Monkey Music was running baby, toddler and preschooler classes in my local area and I could see straight away how wonderful they were with the singing, movement, colourful props, percussion instruments and sensory activities all led by a warm, friendly, knowledgable and entertaining teacher.

Both of my girls took part in all 4 levels; Rock'n'Roll, Heigh-Ho, Jiggety-Jig and Ding-Dong before starting school and the benefits to their development were clear. 

Music classes help babies with fine and gross motor skills, they practise following sound and colour with their eyes which is really important for their vision and to encourage them to first reach out to something they are interested in and then to move towards it.  They learn to feel and hear rhythms, familiar songs encourage them to copy with their voices and they experience all the comfort and reassurance they need by spending precious time with an attentive and loving grown up.  As they graduate to the next stage of our progressive curricula, their confidence grows as they discover that they can hold an instrument, play along, move with the music and copy actions like clapping, peek-a-boo, reaching up high and touching their toes.  Our older children develp awareness of the world around them with pretending games, their musical skills grow and they can play different percussion instruments one at a time following the instructions of their teacher.  In their final year with us, the children astound us every time with their ability to remember details about instruments of the symphony orchestera, they are confident percussion musicians playing loudly, quietly, fast and slow and reading notated instructions telling them which instruments to play and how their rhythms will sound.  They can sit and listen, work with their friends and use their voice in front of other people.  Your child's Reception teacher will definitely thank you for sending your child to Monkey Music!

For Matilda, Edith and I, every class was fun for the children and adults too, and of course, being a new mum, it was important for me to have something to get up, dressed and out for, where I could meet new friends for me and the girls.

I loved spending precious time with them as they heard incredible sounds, saw fascinating colours, textures and props, moved in different ways to different kinds of music, joined in with action songs, used their imaginations and played maracas, bells, wood blocks, drums, tambourines, triangles.....Monkey Music have a huge selection of instruments for little ones to explore.

Monkey Music gives babies, toddlers and preschool children with their carer the chance to make sound and rhythm as part of a group which is someting us humans have been doing for thousands of years.  Sitting in a circle and joining in with our voices is a sure fire way to make us feel warm, fuzzy and happy and gives us a sense of belonging.  Rather like being part of a lovely Family Choir!   We encourage the grown ups to sing in class (even if  you don't think you are a good singer!),  because singing has been proven to release "Happy Hormones" and make us feel good.

When I heard that a new teacher was needed in my area, I just had to apply and I have absolutely loved singing, moving, joining in and having the best times with families for the past few years.  

Now I am managing all local classes I am passionate about sharing our four, age specific classes that have been carefully crafted to be absolutely perfect for each stage of your preschool child's journey.

As well as our weekly classes, Monkey Music Members get to access music, colouring, games, competitions, discount vouchers and activities through the Little Monkey Club area of our website.  If you Opt In to receive marketing emails, we will also be able to let you know about our exciting Holiday Workshops, Birthday Parties, Weekend Sessions and any other important Monkey Related News.

I and the lovely teachers who work with me would love to welcome you into class soon, so please do click the link to register your details and choose which class you would like to come to for your COMPLIMENTARY class.

Monkey and his little friend Mo can't wait to meet you.

 

 

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2PT

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
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
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Tuesday

St Mark's Church Hall, Church Hill Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4LS

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
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Wednesday

St Nicholas Church Hall, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0QQ

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

Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 38 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surry, KT6 6AF

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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St Luke's Church (Swinnerton Hall), St Luke's Church, 57 Gibbon Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 6AD

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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Friday

More details coming soon....

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 14th 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

Your rock n roll class this week was just PERFECT! I’ve really struggled to get Neve to engage with the screen... and she LOVED IT. Laughing, smiling and clapping. We’ve watched it 4 times already!

Becci

We enjoyed the online monkey music session today. It was really fantastic and we loved all the instruments & seaside theme - great fun!

Monkey Music at Home Mummy

We have loved Monkey Music and we have both got so much out of the sessions. The singalong CD has been the only thing that has kept Archie occupied in the car!

Lucy

Karen has taught my children so much not only about music, but about having fun at the same time. She has had such an influence on their learning and development.

Emma

Karen is brilliantly natural at inspiring little people and I have enjoyed the classes just as much as my son.

Erica

We really enjoyed today, I havent been to many classes yet as I’ve been nervous and anxious about going on my own sometimes but you made me feel really comfortable and welcome. Thank you!

A new Mummy

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

Karen Ross

Karen has been teaching Monkey Music since 2013. With a background in Dance and Musical Theatre, Karen brings a sparkle of Showbiz to her classes whilst secretly helping the children learn and develop. Expect lots of smiles, giggles, singing, dancing and of course, wonderful magical sounds.  

Mary Wilson

Mary has been teaching Monkey Music for 9 years. An extremely accomplished violinist and mandolin player with the most beautiful singing voice, Mary's classes are steeped in her roots as a folk musician with a focus on making music to nurture every aspect of your child's development.

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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