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Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Kingston & SurbitonKaren Ross 020 8106 6722 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Monkey Music Kingston, Surbiton and Thames Ditton. My name is Karen and I am excited to show you just how amazing our music classes are for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers from 3 months to 4 years. With 4 different class levels running in 7 locations, there is something to suit everyone.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 as well as teaching contemporay, jazz and singing in a local theatre school.
When I had my girls, Matilda and then, two years later, Edith, I looked for a music class for them as soon as I could.
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, knowledgeable 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 develop 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 orchestra, 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.
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 something 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 carers to sing to their children whenever they can, (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, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, Fairfield East, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, Surrey, KT1 2PT
St Mary's Community Hall, Long Ditton, Church Road, LONG DITTON, KT6 5HH
St Andrew's Church, Maple Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4DS
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24 - 26 High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1HL
Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, Surbiton, 39 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6AF
St Luke's Church, Swinnerton Hall, Kingston Upon Thames, St Luke's Church, 57 Gibbon Road, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, Surrey, KT2 6AD
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24 - 26 High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1HL
St Nicholas Church Hall, Thames Ditton, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0QQ
Monkey Term Dates
Spring Term 2024
Thursday 4th January
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February
Wednesday 27th March
Summer Term 2024
Monday 15th April
Monday 6th May - Friday 10th May
Friday 12th July
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!
I was so nervous about it but the classes are amazing and I felt so welcome and relaxed from the very first class. It was actually a bit of a turning point for me.
We both LOVE your classes and I cannot thank you enough for being such an amazing positive experience for us.
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!
At bedtime we talk about our happy thing of the day and today, my little one's was doing the monkey music class!
Karen is brilliantly natural at inspiring little people and I have enjoyed the classes just as much as my son.
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!
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!
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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
Hannah is delighted to be teaching for Monkey Music. Growing up with her dad as the local choir master and her mum a piano and violin teacher, there was always music and singing in the house. Hannah loves musical theatre, plays the flute and is looking forward to sharing her love of music with you.
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.
Lucy Ward trained in Dance and Musical Theatre at Urdang Academy and Performance Preparation Academy, Guildford. As well as Monkey Music, Lucy has worked as a Children's Performer, teaches children of all ages Dance with a Surrey dance school and has loads of experience working as a nanny.
Marcia trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and has an impressive singing and acting CV. Her singing voice is amazing and her classes are so much fun. She delights in seeing the children happy and joining in.
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.
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.
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.
Rock’n'Roll: from 3 months
Heigh-Ho: from 12 months
Jiggety-Jig: 2 + 3 year olds
Ding-Dong: 3 + 4 year olds
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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