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. Please click on the "Workshops" tab to see details of our recorded Summer Holiday Workshops updated weekly with an exciting new theme and available to watch for 7 days as many times are you like!


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!  The move to online classes for babies and online classes for toddlers has been a steep learning curve for me but the award winning curriculum works just as well!

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.



Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

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Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 24th August
Half Term:
Term Ends:
Friday 16th October


Term Starts:
Thursday 1st January
Half Term:
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!

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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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!

Sally Ram

Sally is currently studying at Edinburgh University and is our fabulous Saturday teacher.  Sally has Grade 8 singing with distinction and has just spent the Summer teaching singing, music and drama to children of all ages at Camp America.  Sally plays the guitar and enjoys singing in choirs.

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 beautiful sticker pack 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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