Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in South Woodford, Woodford Green, Loughton & Buckhurst Hill

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As an actress with over 20y experience I am extremely passionate about performing arts. Monkey Music encapsulates everything important about pre-school music and wraps it up in a bundle of fun! I love teaching the classes and I am passionate about their value in developing children’s co-ordination and confidence. It makes me smile all day long!

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I moved to South Woodford in 2007 and was blessed with two (mainly) adorable sons in the few years which followed.  Given my performing background I was keen to take them to lots of groups and classes and I watched the enormous benefits music had on each them during their preschool years – it is something very close to my heart.  When I discovered Monkey Music there was no looking back.  For me it is the perfect balance between fun and learning – the structure creates a familiarity which my children loved, but the change in content every couple of weeks means the classes stay fresh and interesting.  The original songs are lively and varied and the fact that each of the classes is crammed with lovely activities, dances, props and beautiful percussion instruments means there is so much to experience.  I love the fact that children are able to be so interactive in a small, friendly class environment where the progressive nature of the fun filled curriculum really encourages them to grow at their own pace and develop their confidence and coordination. 

For me there is nothing so rewarding as teaching these classes and watching children blossom in front of my eyes.  

Quite often they will start in the gentle, nurturing baby class, Rock’n’Roll.  I never tire of seeing their huge eyes staring in wonder at the magical sounds they are hearing.  It is very special!

They then move on to our toddler class, Heigh-Ho, once they are gaining independence and becoming mobile.  This has a slightly faster pace to keep those busy toddlers stimulated – and we work on developing concentration and interaction.

From there they move up to Jiggety-Jig, our class for 2 and 3 year olds, where they develop a stronger sense of rhythm and turn taking – and they get to work with some extra instruments now that they are a little older. 

Ding-Dong is our stage 4 class which is a big jump up.  Children start to learn basic graphic notation and rhythm work comes to the fore.  They also learn about the instruments of the orchestra.  It never ceases to amaze me with how much they absorb during their time in these classes - it is amazing. 

The progression through each of the stages is wonderful to watch and I feel extremely proud watching children move through the curricular and fall in love with each of the classes in turn.

I am very lucky to have a strong team of wonderful teachers who assist me in delivering our classes.  They come from a strong musical or performance background and each bring very special, individual qualities to their teaching.  I would invite you to read below in more detail if you would like to do so.

Monkey would love to meet you, so please book your FREE Monkey Music class today – we look forward to welcoming you and your family very soon. 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

South Woodford Scout Hut, High Street, South Woodford, London, E18 2QS

10:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at South Woodford Scout Hut

Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1AD

9:50am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:00am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:35am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:20pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Bababoom

Tuesday

All Saints' Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0NH

9:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at All Saints' Church

Wednesday

Woodford Methodist Church, Derby Road, South Woodford, London, E18 2PU

9:35am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
10:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Woodford Methodist Church

Thursday

Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1AD

10:00am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:35am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Bababoom

All Saints' Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0NH

9:40am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:15am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at All Saints' Church

Friday

All Saints' Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0NH

9:40am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:15am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at All Saints' Church

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Monday 21st October - Friday 25th October
Term Ends:
Friday 13th December

Spring Term 2020

Term Starts:
Monday 6th January
Half Term:
Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Term Ends:
Friday 3rd April

Brilliant class! As a local nanny, I’m always looking for classes that I can attend with my charges. Monkey music is perfect for that, it has music, dancing, singing and more. Kate is always so welcoming and gr

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The teacher, Kate, is so warm and friendly, and brilliant with the children, and the classes are a really nice mix of singing, instruments and movement, with enough variety week on week to keep it interesting,

Monkey Music Mum

I know my son is captivated by the whole experience as he sits there, wide eyed and open mouthed as Kate plays that week's focus instrument. I would highly recommend the class for your babies to get an introduc

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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Monkey music was brilliant entertainment for our little boys birthday party. It totally made the day and all the kids enjoyed themselves. Jo our session leader (both on a Monday and for the party) is a true sta

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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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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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The Monkey Team

Kate Panayi

Kate is a professional actress.  She has performed in numerous theatre productions as well as some short film roles.  Kate studied at Drama Studio London, she has Grade 4 piano and Grade 4 ballet. 

Jo Aspinall

Jo is a professional singer, actress and music teacher who has numerous years of teaching experience with young children in schools as well as private piano and singing tuition. Jo has a degree in Musical Theatre, Grade 8 singing, Grade 6 piano and Grade 6 theory.  

Carla Worthington

Carla is mummy to two little Monkeys of her own and was a Monkey Music mum for some time before starting to teach.  Carla has Grade 7 piano, plays the flute and also studied ballet until her late teens.  She has used her music and dancing skills to perform in various amateur shows.

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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