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Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Kingston & SurbitonKaren Ross 020 8106 6722 [email protected]
Welcome to Monkey Music Kingston, Surbiton and Thames Ditton. My name is Karen and I am excited to show you just how amazing our fun, educational and progressive classes are for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from 3 months to 4 years.Read more...
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.
Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!
Monkey Music near youBOOK YOUR FREE CLASS HERE!
Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2PT
St Mark's Church Hall, Church Hill Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4LS
St Nicholas Church Hall, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0QQ
Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 38 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surry, KT6 6AF
Swinnerton Hall, St Luke's Church, 57 Gibbon Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 6AD
Monkey Term Dates
Spring Term 2020
Monday 6th January
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Friday 3rd April
Summer Term 2020
Monday 20th April
Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May
Friday 17th July
We shall miss Mary greatly. She is such a warm and engaging teacher and her love for music is reflected in the way she teaches. Both our girls have developed a love for music and musical instruments.
I wondered also if you could please thank Karen for me. Iris has loved the class and Karen is great. Really love Monkey Music so so will definitely keep it up if / when we have another one
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!
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!
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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.
The Monkey Team
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 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.