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

Kate Panayi 0208 9897017

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Welcome to our classes

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!


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. 


Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

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Monkey Music at Home - pre-recorded classes available to view Mon-Sun, Online class, London, IG8 0NA

Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
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Monkey Term Dates

Spring Term 2021

Term Starts:
Monday 18th January
Half Term:
Monday 15th February - Friday 26th February
Term Ends:
Thursday 1st April


Term Starts:
Thursday 1st January
Half Term:
Term Ends:
Thursday 1st January

Just wanted to thank you for the online classes. E is absolutely loving it and insists on doing the class multiple times a day at the moment!

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She has been asking for “Monkey Zic” all morning so I’ve a feeling we’ll be seeing you on screen again very soon!

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M enjoyed last week’s class so much he insisted we did it again the next day too!

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M loves the online sessions and waves at you each week

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J absolutely LOVED the class. I’m SO pleased he gets to carry on his little dancing with you and his little monkeys that he holds while he dances!

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Thank you so much! We had lots of fun and K really enjoyed seeing you on the TV!

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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 in class and for the party) is a true star

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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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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

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.

As of 5 November 2020, how do the new restrictions in England affect Monkey Music classes? Currently, where possible, all Monkey Music classes at Covid-secure venues in England remain open to continue to deliver the support that our parents and children rely on. We will of course continue to monitor Government guidance closely and this situation may change. Please contact your local classes if you have specific questions about Monkey Music classes in your area as it may not have been possible for all venues to remain open during this period.
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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