Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in South Edinburgh, Morningside, Bruntsfield, Marchmont, Craiglockhart, Swanston, Colinton & Pentlands

Abbey Smith 0131 229 4480
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Welcome to our classes

My name is Abbey and I have been running Monkey Music classes in Edinburgh since January 2017 for babies, toddlers and preschool children. After a Term of online classes during lockdown we returned to venues in September and are loving it! If your preferred class is full please add to the waiting list - places will come up as payment is monthly.

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Why Monkey Music For Me?

I was recommended to try Monkey Music with my second daughter and it really turned out for us to be something quite special - fun, educational and absorbing for both parent and child.  The fun, catchy Monkey songs were firm favourites in our house from the outset, but what we truly loved was the structure of the class.  Each 30-minute class is jam-packed with music and activities but follows a reassuringly familiar structure.  The same link song introduces the next Section, be it Time To Move, Time to Play or Time to Sleep with varied activities, props and instruments introduced each week.

Today as owner and a teacher I can experience Monkey Music from the other side! It truly is a joy to deliver classes to the enthusiastic little monkeys and each stage has something magical and different about it.  I struggle to say which stage I enjoy teaching the most when asked!  

4-Stage Progressive Curriculum

Rock'n'Roll for babies from 3 months, is a gentle start to music making with an emphasis on providing a stimulating musical environment as the basis to support your child's future emotional and intellectual development.  The songs are simple and pulse based with a beautiful sensory based WOW section towards the end of the class, the stage is supported by its own instrument kit.

Heigh-Ho for toddlers from 12 months, is for newly mobile toddlers who are getting up on their feet exploring their own space.  It is up-beat and entertaining and is taught at a fairly fast pace.  A variety of pulse-based songs are used as songs quickly become favourite "cult" songs.  The children benefit from lots of interaction with themed classes and colourful props.

Jiggety-Jig for 2 + 3 year olds introduces a slightly slower pace to the class as the children join in more independently from their carer's.  They enjoy dancing and singing in their group and even begin to compose their own music!  The teacher refers to the instruments by their proper names and children begin to play in time with the music using rhythmic sequences.

Ding-Dong for 3 + 4 year olds is when the children take their first steps to recognising written music, understand more complex rhythmic sequences and learn about the instruments in the orchestra.  Some favourite Monkey songs still feature and the children enjoy singing and playing more advanced percussion instruments.

What Next?

So why not book a session to see what it is all about?  We would love to meet you, just click on the "Book Online Class Here".  You can book just one or multiple classes.

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Boroughmuir Rugby Club, Meggetland Wynd, Edinburgh, EH14 1XN

9:20am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
9:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:55am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:10pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Tuesday

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Wednesday

Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP

9:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:10pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Thursday

Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP

9:20am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:55am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:30am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:10pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
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Friday

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Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 21st September
Half Term:
Monday 19th October - Friday 23rd October
Term Ends:
Friday 18th December

Term

Term Starts:
Thursday 1st January
Half Term:
n/a
Term Ends:
Thursday 1st January

"Our grandson loves the classes and so do we, as grandparents we are made to feel very welcome. The teachers are the most patient, caring ladies and do so much to explore music from every angle"

Monkey Music Grandparents

"Sandy has been going to Monkey Music since he was a few months old and is now 3 years. He loves all the familiar songs and we use "Lets Warm Up!" as a way of getting out the house in the morning!"

Monkey Music Dad

"My daughter and I love the baby class - seeing, hearing and tasting (everything goes in her mouth!) the different instruments, bubbles, lights and other cool things that you have at each class"

Monkey Music Mum

"Our teacher is AMAZING- she has the loveliest voice and manner and class is the highlight of Matilda’s week. She sings the songs all week long and it’s a joy to take her. Can’t recommend it highly enough!"

Monkey Music Mum

"Lovely lovely class with an excellent teacher! We have been going to MM since my 20 months old son was 3 months old. Great venue, lovely people - highly recommended!"

Monkey Music Mum

"My daughter just loves Monkey Music class, it is the high light of her week and she gets very excited before class! Singing, dancing, and experimenting with instruments - it's one of the best classes on offer"

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!

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"A massive thank you for a brilliant party today, Faye and her friends had lots of fun and the parents commented how great it was - perfectly pitched for the group and really varied to keep them entertained."

Monkey Music Mum

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.

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Monkey Music Events!

Join us at one of our Monkey Music 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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The Monkey Team

Abbey Smith

Abbey began teaching with Monkey Music in January 2017 when she bought the Franchise. Having always loved music and singing as a teenager Abbey is delighted to share in this special time with families when their little ones are so young, so much fun and so eager to learn through music.

Rebecca Hardie

With a Music Degree and teaching qualification, Rebecca was as a secondary school Music teacher before having her 3 boys. Today, aswell as a Monkey Music Teacher, Rebecca is a private vocal coach and piano teacher. She has recently recorded her own album and volunteers at her boys School Glee Club!

As of 15 October 2020, how does the new 3 Tier alert level affect Monkey Music classes? Currently, all Monkey Music classes at Covid-secure venues across the UK remain open to adult carers who bring children who live in the same household or who are in the same bubble. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please contact your local classes if you have specific questions about Monkey Music classes in your area
What is your Health and Safety plan around Covid-19? Please see our Monkey Music Covid-19 Health and Safety plan here which details the measures we are putting in place to keep everyone safe at Monkey 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 ones sing, dance and play musical instruments. Grown ups join in the fun too!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
What if I miss my usual class? During our transition back to classes due to Covid-19, should you miss a class, or your teacher is unable to teach, you will receive a link to a special Monkey Music class to join in at home. You may enjoy this class as many times as you would like to over the week! Please speak to your teacher for more details.
What do I need to bring with me? Everything you need to enjoy our classes is made available by the teacher, however, should you prefer not to use the Monkey Music instruments provided at class (these will have been freshly santised for each customer prior to use), you may bring your own Monkey Music approved instruments purchased from our online shop or identical items bought elsewhere. You may also bring along your own small blanket for your child to sit on.
Can I bring a newborn baby too? Babes in arms accompanying older siblings are welcome in our classes free of charge, please speak to your local classes for more information.
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.
Do I have to be musical? No! Our teachers will make you feel welcome whatever your musical ability.
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! However, current Government Guidelines don't allow for sing-along activities so for the time being our classes are directed and sung by the teacher only. Customers may enjoy our songs at home by purchasing our class specific download albums or books - all available from our online shop.
Can I bring an adult friend/relative to class? Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ask that only one adult accompanies the child/children to Monkey Music classes.
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 and is a popular go-to places between classes to enjoy making Monkey Music at home.
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.
Why pay a membership fee? When enrolling in Monkey Music for the first time, a child becomes a member of our online Monkey Music Club. New members receive a Welcome Pack, including a Monkey Music T-shirt, beautiful sticker pack and milestone card 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.
How do I cancel my class booking? You can cancel your booking at any time within 15 calendar days from your booking confirmation date if you have not had face to face contact with your franchisee when making that booking. To exercise your right you must inform your franchisee in writing of your decision to cancel within the cancellation period. Notice can be provided by emailing the email address or writing to the address provided to you in the booking confirmation email, including your name, home address, details of your booking and, where available, your phone number and email address or you can print off and post or email to the email or postal address shown in the booking confirmation email a completed model cancellation form, a copy of which is available from your franchisee. 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.
Where can I buy Monkey Music merchandise? Please click here.
How do I become a Monkey Music franchisee? For more details, please click here
What happens at a Monkey Music Birthday Party? See More Fun on the main website.
Do classes just run during term time? Regular classes run during term time. Many areas also run seasonal Holiday Workshops during school holidays.
How many children are in a class? During our transition to classes due to Covid-19, places are limited and will vary from venue to venue. Our maximum capacity is 15 children per class.
Do I have to pay in advance? Yes. After your first complimentary class you reserve your place and you may choose to pay for our regular weekly classes either monthly or termly. 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. You will be notified by email ahead of each payment taken and also when payment has been taken.
How much does a class cost? Please ask at your local Monkey Music Office.
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.
At what age can my child start Monkey Music? From 3 months old.
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.
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.
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
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.

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