As part of Monkey Music's 25th birthday celebrations, we were priviliged to be invited to Abbotts Barton Care Home in...
Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Newbury, Thatcham, Henley, Mortimer & BasildonVal Stephenson 01635 860959 [email protected] View our local page
Val's passion for singing goes back to her early childhood and continued whilst growing up in Scotland. She went on to study post-graduate singing at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded an Exhibition Scholarship. Finding Monkey Music has been the perfect partnership, allowing Val to combine her love of singing and working with children.Read more...
My name is Val Stephenson and, having spent many years as a professional singer, I have been delighted to offer award winning Monkey Music classes for babies and children in the West Berkshire area since 2007. I moved to Thatcham in 1997 and have enjoyed watching my three children grow up in a beautiful part of the country. It is wonderful to watch young babies start their musical journey, being captivated by singing, sounds and activities, through to making music on their own. Maz and I (please read more about Maz below) teach the classes locally and feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this journey to help them develop their musical abilities. We create an encouraging, creative and welcoming environment for parents, carers and your child at our bespoke music classes. With songs, activities and resources based around our established curriculum, the classes are full of smiles, fun, laughter and learning for all the family. Many studies have shown that babies who attend regular interactive music classes communicate better, smile more and show earlier brain responses to music. Studies also suggest that children attending pre-school music classes find it easier to master language and reading skills when starting school. At Monkey Music we have a very interactive and social curriculum which teaches babies from an early age to listen, to question and "track" sounds, to share and associate certain sounds with specific actions. Our classes provide a secure environment for children by offering a consistent structure which helps them to understand and anticipate particular activities. The classes are also a wonderful way for children to interact socially with other children. Since Monkey Music was founded nationally in 1993, we have been awarded the Best National Toddler Development Class and the Best National Pre-Schooler Developoment Activity Award. Locally, I received the Customer Service Award in 2012 and strive to maintain this excellent standard. Music is fundamental to a pre-school child's development and we will support you child in four key areas: social and emmotional development through thought, feeling and understanding, physical development through movement and activities, language through communicating, listening and singing, and creativity through musical resources and songs. Within each class, elements of listening, learning, playing, singing, moving and dancing are incorporated into the songs to provide an exciting variety of children's musical activities. The songs are based around the theme of our beloved Monkey and help teach your child topics such as colours, animals, weather, rhythms and counting. In combination with the music, we have a talent for crafting interesting new props to engage learning and complement the class. At award winning Monkey Music you can be assured that your decision to join our classes will be one of the best you will make for your child. Come and join us for a complimentary class.Read more...
Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!
Monkey Music near youBOOK YOUR FREE CLASS HERE!
Mortimer Community Centre, The Fairground, Mortimer, Berkshire, RG7 3RD
Church of the Sacred Heart, 31 Vicarage Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1HT
Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FG
Basildon Village Hall, Bethesda Street, Upper Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 8NU
The Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing, The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7PN
Walwyn Hall, Baydon Road, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 8NQ
The Old Bluecoat School, Chapel Street, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 4JT
Monkey Term Dates
Autumn Term 2018
Monday 10th September
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October
Friday 14th December
Spring Term 2019
Monday 7th January
Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
Friday 5th April
"Under Val's expert teaching, my child has flourished and developed a real love of music and instruments. Also, Val's kindness, understanding and compassion just make the lessons a joy"
"In each class there are the early years foundation goals incorporated e.g. waiting your turn, listening, focusing and attention aolong with child to child relations, sharing songs with others and dance"
"You have a way of making each child feel special and valued - your love of music is evident. It is inspirational and the childrens achievements are huge"
"Both my children love Monkey Music. Each week the class is fun, engaging and watching my children smile and join-in is a delight. I would highly recommend classes as the start of your baby's love for music"
"Thank you so much for years of music, fun and kindness. We will always have such wonderful Monkey Music memories - your enthusiasm and thoughtfullness will never be forgotten"
"I wholeheartedly believe that my child has only been able to blossom due to the expertise and clear passion of the teacher for the classes, which is infectious"
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
"My child's party was fantastic. Everyone had a wonderful time and all the children were engaged and had lots of fun. I highly recommend as it allows you to enjoy and relax"
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!
"The workshop was a treat - my child missed her regular classes. It teaches the children such great skills through music. It always makes us smile and fond memories are made"
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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!
Book your space for some magical music making with your family. Suitable for babies and young children. Be quick! Places are limited.
"It is wonderful having Monkey Music at our events and makes it a really uplifting experience having an impromptu "class" with bells, maracas, drums and lots more for the children to enjoy"
The Monkey Team
As well as running the local franchise, I also teach many of the classes myself keeping me right at the heart of my business! I keep in very close contact with the rest of my team ensuring that we provide quality music classes. Regular meetings ensure that we keep ideas fresh for your children.
I have been teaching Monkey Music since 2016, having attended with my two sons. Teaching appealed to me as I admired the skill of a fun, engaging and enthusiastic teacher. I love the excitement, anticipation and joy of passing on an appreciation and understanding of music.
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