Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Newbury, Thatcham, Henley, Mortimer & Basildon

Val Stephenson 01635 860959
Welcome to our classes

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.

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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.

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Mortimer Community Centre, The Fairground, Mortimer, Berkshire, RG7 3RD

9:50am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
10:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
11:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at Mortimer Community Centre

Tuesday

Church of the Sacred Heart, 31 Vicarage Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1HT

9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at Church of the Sacred Heart

Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FG

9:40am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
10:20am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
11:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
11:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
12:20pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at Riverside Community Centre

Wednesday

Basildon Village Hall, Bethesda Street, Upper Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 8NU

9:50am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
10:30am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
11:10am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at Basildon Village Hall

The Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU

10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at The Nature Discovery Centre

Thursday

Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing, The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7PN

9:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
1:00pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
1:40pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
2:20pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing

Walwyn Hall, Baydon Road, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 8NQ

9:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Walwyn Hall

Friday

The Old Bluecoat School, Chapel Street, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 4JT

9:30am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months This Term Next Term
Book a class at The Old Bluecoat School

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 10th September
Half Term:
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October
Term Ends:
Friday 14th December

Spring Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 7th January
Half Term:
Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
Term Ends:
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"

Monkey Music Mum

"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"

Monkey Music Mum

"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"

Monkey Music Grandparent

"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"

Monkey Music Mum

"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"

Monkey Music Mum

"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"

Monkey Music Mum

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"

Monkey Music Customer

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"

Monkey Music
has come to town!

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.

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"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"

Monkey Music Customer

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The Monkey Team

Val

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.

Maz

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.

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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Posted 08/11/18

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Posted 07/11/18

Basildon is back running as normal today - we hope you have a lovely morning with Monkey Mo and Maz.