Congratulations to Harry from Sidcup, who was the winner of our Clever Monkey Competion in May!
Hello, I'm Emma and welcome to my online Monkey Music sessions. I have been running Monkey Music in the Vale of Glamorgan & Bridgend area since 2008. As a professional musician, teacher and mum, I was very excited when I was presented with the opportunity to run my own franchise in 2008 and have never looked back. Book your [email protected] session today!Read more...
I Started my career as a professional flautist and pianist. I studied flute, piano and composition at The Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czech Republic. After graduating from Royal Holloway University of London, in 2001, with a BMus(hons) degree, I came to Cardiff to study PGCE secondary music teaching which led to a very successful teaching career from 2001-2009. During this time, my two daughters were born. Maddison in 2007 and Lillia in 2008. As an educationalist I have always been interested in child development, particularly through music, and I was keen to use music with my own children to help with their own development. My teaching degree gave me experience of working with children from 3 years of age right up to 18 years but being able to attend music classes with my own babies, from such an early age, gave me more insight into how important the early years are. The fact that the Monkey Music curriculum follows the early years framework was a delight to discover and it is a pleasure to now be delivering this curriculum to children in the area.
I wouldn't be able to run my classes without my fantastic team of teachers and administrator. This highly skilled team dedicate so much time and effort into attending training courses, planning and refining their lessons to ensure each child gets the most they can from every class. They enjoy teaching the classes as much as the families enjoy attending and it is a pleasure to introduce them to you. Please read below to meet our fantastic team!
I moved to Bridgend, South Wales, in 2001. As a local mum, I have been able to make strong links with local healthcare providers, education establishments, nurseries, preschool groups and other carers. I am fondly known as 'Emma Monkey' in the local area and have had several thousand families through my Monkey Music classes over the years. Music is at the heart of everything we do at Monkey Music and to be able to deliver something I am so passionate about to babies and children, at the most important time developmentally, is something I relish and am proud of.
I first became familiar with Monkey Music classes when my first daughter, Maddison, was born in 2007. There were no other activities that could provide a tailored and structured curriculum especially for my baby that met her developmental needs at each stage. Her little face when she saw the instruments, the other babies in the class and the immediate engagement with the teacher made me sure Monkey Music was the best possible introduction to music for her. I have a very strong background in music and teaching myself which led me to investigate preschool music classes as soon as she was born. In the past there had been a lack of high standard children's musical activities in the area and it was very important for me to find the right class for her.
The award-winning Monkey Music curriculum is at the heart of our classes. Delivered by trained Monkey Music teachers, supported by high quality professional instruments, resources and props. Every session is a performance for your child with live singing from our highly skilled teachers. Everyone is encouraged to participate in class, joining in with the songs isn't hard- in fact it's quite infectious! Parents, grandparents and carers of Monkey Music are often seen humming the songs around the supermarket!
Music plays an important role in early development of a child. Children are natural, instinctive music makers. As parents we naturally try to use music to sooth and calm children. Research has shown that music can aid all areas of child development. At Monkey Music our curriculum uses songs and activities that are carefully selected for each developmental stage. Learning to move to music, explore sounds and resources given to them, socialise with other babies and families, communicate effectively, develop their fine and gross motor skills though playing and dancing to music, listen to themselves and others, strengthen their memory and recall skills...the benefits of music are enormous. We offer classes grouped according to age, ensuring a 'best fit' for your child. We teach the children the structure of our sessions right from the very first stage. There are four unique age groups, Rock'n'Roll, Heigh-Ho, Jiggety-Jig and Ding-Dong. I love to see the babies making their first visual tracking efforts and swatting at sounds. Delighting in instruments and props they have never seen or heard before. They progress to be explorers in Heigh-Ho and busy up on their feet. So much fun to be had before starting to prefer a more structured approach to their music making in Jiggety-Jig where they take turns, socialise with their peers and eagerly try to please and follow instructions. Many go on to complete the fourth stage in Ding-Dong, where they are prepared to play an instrument. They finish the final stage, Ding-Dong, being able to read crotchet, quavers and rests. Identify and try to play instruments of the orchestra, perform and compose on a variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. It really is quite amazing how quickly and how far they develop.
Experience Monkey Music for yourself and see just how fantastic the classes are and help you make that all important decision about which children's activity is best suited for your child. If you are unsure what stage your child needs or have any questions about our online sessions, please do get in touch. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our sessions.Read more...
"I really can't recommend Monkey Music enough. The teacher has a beautiful voice and the babies are mesmerised. The themes are so creative and interactive.I look forward to it as much as the babies"
"The quality and content of the online material is second to none. We can't wait for next term of [email protected]!"
"I wasn't sure how much Phoebe would enjoy the video's but she LOVES them!"
"I am enjoying the sessions as much as my little one. It's great to spend some quality time together whilst knowing we are learning at the same time as habing fun."
"We have attended classes since 3 months. After 3 years I am so sad to be leaving but we leave with the most precious and magical of memories and can't thank you enough"
"Mondays are no longer the worst day of the week. I actually love 'Monkey Music Mondays' now!"
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!Send a Party Enquiry
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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.Book your Workshop here!
"Absolutely the best way to start our Chirstmas festivtiies. We love Money Music Workshops and this one did not disappoint. Such energy and enthusiasm, we loved every minute-all of us!"
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Since they began, in 1993, over 4.8 million classes have entertained hundreds of thousands of families across the UK!
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"We attended your open day in Porthcawl and can not wait to start your classes with my baby. We are already Monkey Music fans!"
I'm Emma and I have taught Monkey Music classes since becoming the owner of the franchise in 2008. I've had a career as a professional flautist, pianist and as a school music teacher. I absoutely have the best job in the world!
I'm Lizzie and I started my Monkey Music teaching career in 2014. I graduated form Guildford school of acting in 2009 in musical theatre. My 3 children love Monkey Music almost as much as me. I adore being on the Monkey Music Stage!
I'm Nia and I became a Monkey Music teacher in 2017. Its been a dream of mine after attending classes with 3 of my children and loving every minute. I'm a qualified primary school teacher with music specialism, a choral singer and a forest school qualified child minder.
Kelly is a trained classical singer with a wealth of performance experience and a degree in music. Kelly's 3 children are settled into school and we wlecomed her to the team in 2019. She is very excited to be part of the monkey team as are we to have her!
I’m Rhian. I’m very excited to be bringing my passion for all things musical onto the Monkey Music performance stage from 2018. I have lots of experience in musical theatre and have had many lead roles. My 3 children also share my passion for music. I adore Monkey Music!
Congratulations to Harry from Sidcup, who was the winner of our Clever Monkey Competion in May!
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