Monkey Music Baby & Toddler Classes Music Classes in Vale of Glamorgan & Bridgend

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Hello, I'm Emma and I have been running classes 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.

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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. We now regularly have over 300 families attending our weekly classes at venues across Vale & Bridgend including Penarth, Cowbridge, Bridgend and Porthcawl.

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 classes 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 thee 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 class 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 classes 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 class 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.

In addition to classes we also offer workshops, parties and nursery sessions. Your first class is complimentary, so you can 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 classes, please do get in touch. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our classes.

 

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Growing up in tune with Monkey Music!

Monkey Music near you

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Monday

Heronston Hotel, Ewenny Road, Bridgend, CF35 5AW

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:05am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
12:30pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Heronston Hotel

Salvation Army, 101A Plassey Street, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 1EL

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
Book a class at Salvation Army

Vale Hotel Health & Raquets Club, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY

11:50am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:30pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
1:15pm
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Vale Hotel Health & Raquets Club

Tuesday

Jump Jam, Horsefair Road, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend, CF31 3YN

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Jump Jam

Ystradowen Village Hall, Ystradowen Vilage Hall, Cowbridge Road, Ystradowen, CF71 7SF

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Ystradowen Village Hall

Wednesday

Ystradowen Village Hall, Ystradowen Vilage Hall, Cowbridge Road, Ystradowen, CF71 7SF

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:30pm
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Ystradowen Village Hall

Thursday

Jump Jam, Horsefair Road, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend, CF31 3YN

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Jump Jam

Cowbridge United Free Church, 15 The Broad Shoard, off Westgate, Cowbridge, CF71 7DA

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Cowbridge United Free Church

Friday

Trinity Methodist and United reform Church, John Street, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF36 3DT

9:45am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
10:25am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:50am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
Book a class at Trinity Methodist and United reform Church

Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne Way, Cardiff, CF5 6DH

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Copthorne Hotel

Ystradowen Village Hall, Ystradowen Vilage Hall, Cowbridge Road, Ystradowen, CF71 7SF

9:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
10:25am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
11:05am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
11:45am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
12:30pm
Ding-Dong 3 + 4 year olds
Book a class at Ystradowen Village Hall

Cowbridge United Free Church, 15 The Broad Shoard, off Westgate, Cowbridge, CF71 7DA

9:45am
Rock'n'Roll From 3 months
10:30am
Heigh-Ho From 12 months
11:10am
Jiggety-Jig 2 + 3 year olds
Book a class at Cowbridge United Free Church

Monkey Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019

Term Starts:
Monday 9th September
Half Term:
Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November
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

"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"

Monkey Music Mum

"My son loves Monkey Music so much that we cant even pass the venue without him asking for Monkey. Wish we could attend every day..."

Monkey Music Mum

"The teacher was very professional and the curriculum speaks for itself. We will always invite Monkey Music to our school, nothing else compares"

Nursery school manager

"I just wanted to say how much my daughter and I are enjoying the classes-it's not easy running a class fully of extremely excitable and busy 2/3 year olds and the teachers enthusiasm and energy never wanes!"

Monkey Music Mum

"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"

Monkey Music Mum

"Mondays are no longer the worst day of the week. I actually love 'Monkey Music Mondays' now!"

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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!

Send a Party Enquiry

"Just wanted to say you ran a lovely party for my daughter. Absolutely brilliant...We were very pleased and the guests all enjoyed"

Monkey Music Customer

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.

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!"

Monkey Music
has come to town!

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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"We attended your open day in Porthcawl and can not wait to start your classes with my baby. We are already Monkey Music fans!"

Monkey Music Mum

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The Monkey Team

Emma Loyns

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!

Lizzie Dimond

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!

Nia Prosser

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.

Rhian Morwood

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!

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.

National Monkey Chatter

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Posted 31/07/19

Bookings are coming in fast for our new venues- 

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Posted 16/07/19

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