Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Kingston & Surbiton

Ursula Fitzpatrick and Bill Matthews 0208 224 3971
Welcome to our classes

We are Ursula Fitzpatrick and Bill Matthews and we run Monkey Music’s award-winning classes for pre-school children in Kingston, Surbiton and Thames Ditton, which we have been running since 2011.

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Since then numbers have increased by 40%. In fact, Monkey Music is now the most popular pre-school music class in the Kingston, Surbiton and Thames Ditton area.

 

Since we don’t teach ourselves, we are lucky enough to have an excellent team of teachers in Mary, Karen and Zoe, who inspire great loyalty among both children and carers alike. In fact, two of our teachers have been nominated for the prestigious What’s On 4 Little Ones award. 

 

We brought our little boy Dylan to Monkey Music and loved the variety and originality of the classes, and that they were educational as well as great fun. So we started out as customers and ended up running the classes...

 

It helps that we have complete belief that Monkey Music is the very best there is in terms of pre-school music classes, being based on a curriculum that is constantly updated, so that the teachers provide a perfect mix of the familiar and the new. While there are some old favourites, most of the songs have been specially written for Monkey Music, many of them based round the famous pink and yellow monkey. Repetition is very important at a young age, but studies show that the brain is stimulated at an early age by hearing something completely new.

 

We are convinced of the importance of music as an aid to a child’s development, both mentally and physically. All classes include a mix of singing, movement and the chance to play instruments.

 

We are very much in the background, while our teachers take centre stage. Mary has been teaching for us for over five years, in Surbiton and in Thames Ditton. Her earliest memories are of singing at the age of 3 with her father playing the piano, learning the violin from the age of 5 at her local primary school and singing on stage in reception. She first found out about Monkey Music when the mum with whom she co-organised a song session at her daughter’s primary school became a teacher.

 

Karen has been teaching for us since 2014. Karen started dancing and singing at the age of three, going on to train in Dance and Musical Theatre at Bird College in South East London.  Following a period of commercial dance work, Karen studied for a BA in Contemporary Dance and Drama and went on to more performing and teaching.  Karen once danced supporting The Prodigy at The Brighton Centre and sang with a short-lived pop group in The Roadhouse in Covent Garden.  Karen lives in Surbiton with her two girls, husband and a whippet called Baxter.

 

Zoe has been teaching for us since 2017, taking over at St Luke's Church In Kingston. She does most of her teaching for the Woking franchise, so we are delighted that we can 'borrow'  her for one morning a week. 

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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 2TP

9:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months

Tuesday

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

10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
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
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds

Thursday

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

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:05am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:15am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:50am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds

Swinnerton Hall, St Luke's Church57 Gibbon Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 6AD

9:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:35am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:10am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds

Friday

Monkey Term Dates

Summer Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 16th April
Half Term:
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June
Term Ends:
Monday 23rd July

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 3rd September
Half Term:
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October
Term Ends:
Friday 14th December

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.

Mahendree

Cara absolutely loved her class...special thanks for Karen who I think is very gifted at what she does!

Siobhan

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

We've really enjoyed our monkey music classes these last couple of years but unfortunately won't be re-enrolling this term. Please pass on our thanks to Mary for the amazing classes.

Candace

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

Sophie

Celebrate with Monkey!

Celebrate with monkey and his other little monkey friends who join him singing, dancing, and playing musical party games. Monkey’s parties are great fun for children and babies of all ages. Each party is individually tailored to suit each separate occasion and always includes the birthday child’s favourite Monkey Music songs.

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Thank you for sending Sarah to Amelia's 1st birthday party. She did a great job, everyone was very much enjoying the time. I am very happy that I had chosen Monkey Music.

Kristal

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.

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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!

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The Monkey Team

Karen Ross

Karen has been a teacher for 4 years. She performed professionally in panto and musicals from aged 8 and studied flute up to Grade 6. Karen has always loved to inspire others to join in and have a lovely time. Her classes are fun-filled happy places with everyone leaving with smiles on their faces.

Mary Wilson

Mary has been teaching for 5 years. She has been performing in the folk group Suntrap for over 20 years, singing and playing the violin, which she started leaning at the age of 5. She believes in the power of music helping with everything from language to fine motor skills to learning to join in.

Zoe Copperwheat

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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