Welcome to Monkey Music! Classes in Stratford Upon Avon, Leamington Spa

Claire Haydock 01789 720289
Welcome to our classes

Hi, I'm Claire and I've been running Monkey Music since 2005. It all started when I wanted to find a music class for my children. That's when I discovered Monkey Music and I've never looked back! Every class is a joy to teach and I'm passionate about the benefits music brings to babies, young children and their families too. 

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Music has always been a big part of my life. Coming from a large musical family, my home was a wonderful noisy musical place - and I hope my two children (both now noisy musicians themselves) would say the same.

Growing up I went to music school every weekend – concentrating on clarinet, piano and vocal choral singing. The whole family was involved, and all Saturday was spent going from one group to another - full orchestra, wind band, choir, jazz band - we loved it.

My working life wasn’t always musically minded though, I worked as a sales and marketing director for a big national event company before I became a mum.

It was then that I set out to find a music class to take my children to near home in Stratford-upon-Avon – and when I failed to find one I came across Monkey Music and the possibility that I could become a franchisee.  When they wanted me to prove my musicality before I could start, I knew that music was at the core of the business, and that Monkey Music was the class I had been searching for.

I’m a huge believer in the benefits of an early introduction to music – even in the womb, studies show babies who are played different types of music are more settled. In babies and infants, greater exposure to music increases cell changes in the area of the brain concerned with speech too - and since music uses both sides of the brain, it boosts other areas as well, such as movement, creativity, spatial reasoning, memory and emotional intelligence.

Our award-winning weekly music classes - for babies from 3 months to children of 4 years - are all about socialising in a stimulating environment.

Established for well over a decade, we have venues across South Warwickshire.

Our classes are all small and tailor made, grouped according to age.

Babies from 3 months enjoy gentle songs and absorbing activities in Rock n Roll, toddlers get up on their feet and explore props in Heigh Ho, two and three-year-old learn to sing, dance and play instruments in Jiggety Jig, while our biggest monkeys learn to understand musical patterns and recognise notes in Ding Dong.

I’m supported by a wonderful team of teachers – all of us musicians who love what we do. (Please read on to discover more about the rest of the teaching team!)

Monkey Music’s unique teaching curriculum was written by classically trained musicians as well – designed to introduce music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy.

We all make full use of the lively 30 minutes to captivate the children using a winning combination of catchy music, percussion instruments, visual props and boundless energy, with lots of opportunities for the children to experiment with the instruments and make music of their own. Our children (and their grown-ups) have fun whilst enhancing development, listening, concentration, confidence and social skills.

The benefits for children speak for themselves – but there are benefits for our grown-ups too, be they parents, carers or grandparents. Share precious experiences with your little ones and a whole lot of fun – meeting other parents and carers at the same time. We’ve introduced many friends for life!

It’s so rewarding to see how children grow in confidence and how they learn and develop through the Monkey Music curriculum. Come along and see for yourselves!

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Alveston Malt House, The Rookery Alveston, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7QP

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

The Octagon, St Mary Magdalene, Vicarage Road, North Leamington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 7RH

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 Octagon, St Mary Magdalene

Tuesday

Warwick Gates, Cressida CloseHeathcote, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6DZ

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 Warwick Gates

Rosebird Community Hall, Shipston Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LU

1:50pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
2:30pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
3:10pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Rosebird Community Hall

Wednesday

The Soft Play Barn, Studley Green Garden Centre Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, B80 7DR

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
10:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds This Term Next Term
10:50am
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
Book a class at The Soft Play Barn

Rosebird Community Hall, Shipston Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LU

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

Thursday

Alveston Malt House, The Rookery Alveston, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7QP

9:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months 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
1:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
Book a class at Alveston Malt House

Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End Car Park Abbey End, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1QJ

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 Kenilworth Youth Centre

Friday

Chase Meadow, Chase Meadow, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6BT

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
12:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds This Term Next Term
1:30pm
Heigh-Ho From 12 months This Term Next Term
2:10pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months Next Term
Book a class at Chase Meadow

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018

Term Starts:
Monday 10th September
Half Term:
Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November
Term Ends:
Friday 14th December

Spring Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 14th January
Half Term:
Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
Term Ends:
Friday 12th April

“Monkey Music is the best in the area for music and movement. It really has been a key part in both my children's lives, and I've made friends for life through it”

Monkey Music Mum

"My son gets so much happiness out of the classes! The amount he's learnt through Monkey Music is amazing!”

Monkey Music Mum

“My little girl (6 months old) absolutely loves Monkey Music. Claire is fantastic, an excellent teacher and makes every week exciting. Definitely recommend it to any new parent!”

Monkey Music Dad

“I can't recommend Monkey Music highly enough. A lovely experience to share - we look forward to it each week”

Monkey Music Grandparent

“My son has been going since he was 6 months old. He is now 4 and in his last term of Monkey Music. He absolutely loves it. This is so much more than a music class. Would highly recommend it for every child"

Monkey Music Mum

"They love it and I love it. The teachers are fantastic, the songs are lovely, and they get loads of opportunities to sing, play instruments and basically enjoy themselves with music”

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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“I cannot praise Monkey Music enough! Kelly arrived in plenty of time on party day and completely captivated the children - they were transfixed! Thank you so much for making Ella's party so special!”

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

Claire Haydock

Hello, I’m Claire and I’ve been running Monkey Music since 2005. Music has always been a big part of my life and coming from a large musical family, my home was a wonderful noisy musical place and still is. My principal instruments Vocal, Clarinet and Piano.

Kelly Taylor

Hi, I’m Kelly and I’ve been a Monkey Music teacher since 2007. I am a saxophonist who’s been lucky enough to play in some of the UK’s most awesome venues. I have studied music at both Keele University and the University of North Texas. I also have a MA in Music Therapy.

Kristi Carrier

Hi, I'm Kristi I have a degree in communication arts, majoring in drama and this enables me to draw on my performance background to deliver classes with energy and skill. I am now able to combine my love of music and the performing arts with my dedication to great early year’s education.

Samantha Edwards

Hi, I’m Samantha, a mum-of-two and have been a Monkey Music teacher since 2011. The Euphonium is my principal instrument and compete at Championship level for the Bilton Silver Rugby Band. I believe music is so important to all of us – it’s something I am hugely passionate about.

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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